Preserve The Historic 1914 Acacia Park Bandshell
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(WE DO NOT NEED FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS- JUST YOUR SIGNATURE) This 106 year old historic bandshell structure is in danger of being torn down by the City Of Colorado Springs under their new "Master Plan" for Acacia Park. The City has not provided upkeep on it and wants to replace it with a modern structure not suitable for the historic nature of Colorado Spring's first park. This block was platted as a public park in 1871 by the Colorado Springs Company. It was initially landscaped by John Blair, a Scots landscaper brought to Colorado Springs to improve the lands of the Colorado Springs Company by Gen. William Jackson Palmer. Before moving to Colorado, Blair had worked as Superintendent of Public Parks in Chicago, where he laid out Humbolt Park. Blair was responsible for the landscaping and rock work at Palmers Glen Eyrie, and he participated in laying out Manitou Springs. A 1888 drawing of Acacia Park shows diagonal paths with many trees bordering them and along the perimeter. The park had a frame bandstand near the center of the park by 1888. In 1914, a bandshell was erected in the southern end of the park designed by local architect Thomas P. Barber. A plaque commemorating Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" was placed on the front wall of the building in 1917 by the Woman's Relief Corps of Colorado and Wyoming. In 1939, a 12'X40' extension was built onto the bandshell. Concrete shuffleboard courts and horseshoe pits were present in the park by then. A concrete dance floor was installed in 1940 north of the bandshell and 2,500 persons turned out for the first square dance in July. PLEASE SIGN THIS AND HELP US PRESERVE OUR HISTORIC BANDSHELL.
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