(Lander, Wyo.) – This summer the Lander Outdoor Theater Association embarked on the second phase of construction on the planned bandshell near Lander Valley High School.
“We were able to construct a concrete pad,” the association’s Scott Harnesberger said.
The second phase, which amounted to a complete stage on the property, is costing the association about $130,000. Harnesberger said the association has worked through the Lander Community Foundation’s 501c3 status to apply for grants. Funding for the second phase has been raised through the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, Fremont County Recreation District, Fremont County School District 1 Recreation Board and the community foundation.
He called the project a “very cooperative effort.”
“Because of the kinds of soils, it was quite an undertaking,” he said. SDI is the contracting firm in charge of the project. The City of Lander is cash flowing the second phase and will be reimbursed. On Aug. 27, the city council approved a $111,588.30 payment to SDI.
The project, Harnesberger said, began in 2000 and most recently completed Phase I, which included a berm for seating and electrical capabilities for the site. Harnesberger said the electrical facilities have been used this year by the Lander Brew Fest and the Joe Diffie concert.
Work on phase two is nearly complete, with only finishing touches remaining, he said.
The next step will be to work with a contractor to determine an estimate for the construction of the third phase, the shell itself. Harnesberger guesses the phase will cost more than $250,000. Once a firm estimate is made, its back to the fundraising phase.