New stage takes shape for Montague waterfront events

Steve Sharratt
Published on May 21, 2014

The old gazebo from the Montague waterfront heads to a new home on the other side of the river to be used as a picnic and resting area.

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MONTAGUE — The old gazebo is gone and a new structure to feature an improved stage area for the waterfront park here is on its way.

Town council approved the $90,000 project, with help from government agencies, as a way to improve the entertainment offerings this summer at the waterfront.

Musicians and event speakers often find themselves crammed into the old gazebo and events coordinator Andrew Rowe says this problem will be alleviated.

“We’re also adding two more rows of amphitheatre style seating to accommodate the growing crowds for our summer events,’’ said Rowe, noting some larger concerts are planned this year.

Music will be offered four nights a week this summer along the waterfront and crowds have grown to overflow the current seating area.

The Island Community Fund is contributing $20,000 to the project and Skills P.E.I. much of the rest with funds from the town as well. The new structure will be 32 feet wide and 24 deep.

The new structure was approved after residents opposed relocating the music venue further away from the marina to the old train station turntable near the new Riverhouse Inn hotel.

“Many people wanted to keep the music venue where it is and just expand it,’’ said Rowe. “It is a focal point of the entire waterfront.”

Construction begins right away on the new stage gazebo and it should be open around Canada Day. Meanwhile, the old gazebo has been trucked across to the south side of the river to be used as a picnic and resting area for townsfolk and visitors.