Photo submitted - David Dardzinski, President of Preserve Our Past (POP) accepts a check from Stewarts for $500 to help restore the bandstand in Burke Park.

Photo submitted – David Dardzinski, President of Preserve Our Past (POP) accepts a check from Stewarts for $500 to help restore the bandstand in Burke Park.

by Dave Warner

Preserve Our Past (POP) continues to seek donations for the restoration of the bandstand in Burke Park, and David Dardzinski, POP President headed to Herkimer to pick up a check from Stewarts in support of the project.

“We applied for a donation from them and they were willing to put $500 towards it,” he said.

Burke Park’s bandstand is the last of three bandstands that were located in the city, including Ward Square and Furnace Street Park.

“These bandstands served as wonderful music venues, and were magnets for many other social gatherings,” said Dardzinski.

The organization had surveyed the structure and determined that it was deteriorating.

Work by Little Falls Construction should begin shortly to replace its roof to prevent further damage as part of the first stage of its restoration. According to Dardzinski “The project is estimated to cost between $6,500 and $9,000 depending upon the condition of the roof sheathing.”

They’ve already raised enough money to start the project based on sales of merchandise and other donations, but POP is continuing to look for additional support for the project.

The Little Falls Historical Society recently donated $250 for the project, and the City has committed to supporting the project as well, although at what level, is still up in the air according to Dardzinski.