Groundbreaking was scheduled for Wednesday this week on a new gazebo to replace the one that had been in South Park.
According to a news release, the city of Billings in 2010 demolished and removed the gazebo, which was constructed around 1914. The structure had become unsafe from, time, wear and weather.
The South Side Neighborhood Task Force has been requesting funds for the construction of a new gazebo. Plans are to construct a 40 foot facility that will provide a place for musical performances, festivals, family and group events, weddings and many other programs and events.
With the final plans being decided by the end of July, additional upgrades still needed funding. Within one week, the task force secured $25,000 from two donations: First Interstate Bank and the Billings Downtown Exchange Club.
On Monday, July 30, South Side Task Force officers received the checks at South Park from First Interstate’s Keith Cook and the Exchange Club’s Lisa Von Laven. Some words by our Ward I Councilman Jim Ronquillo, Councilman Brent Cromley and Task Force Chair Mike Yakawich will be given in an expression of gratitude to all those who have contributed to this amazing project not only for the South Side but for the entire city of Billings.