Gazebo upgrades stalled

A majority of council has concerns with improvements to the Arbor Park gazebo sought by Lumby Live

Proposed upgrades to a music venue have hit a sour note with Lumby officials.

A majority of council has concerns with improvements to the Arbor Park gazebo sought by Lumby Live, which organizes concerts.

“It’s not in the budget and not in the strategic plan. The structure is sound enough for what they do,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

One of the upgrades sought was easier access to electricity as the four power outlets are 10 feet off the floor.

“The lack of lighting in the gazebo adds an extra challenge for both accessing outlets as well as the extra power draw,” said Randal Ostafichuk, Lumby Live president and a village councillor, in a letter.

“As the performances of Lumby Live run through late summer, it is necessary to have lights for the second half of the season.”

The other problem facing organizers is the hexagonal shape of the gazebo with timber posts.

“A large portion of the stage is obscured by the two main posts on the side of the gazebo facing the park, leading to both having to place expensive equipment on the ground as well as only having two-thirds of the stage visible to the entire audience,” said Ostafichuk.

“If these upgrades were done to the gazebo, it would provide a much better venue for not only Lumby Live,  but to any community groups who could use a year-round outdoor performance location.”

Ostafichuk is suggesting a key locked box for electricity and extending the floor of the gazebo so the posts are avoided.

“It’s a great idea but there are no numbers attached to this request,” said Coun. Julie Pilon.

Village staff will provide electrical quotes to be considered by council.