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Publish Date: 3/7/2005

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Niwot's first bandstand is pictured circa 1912. A new one is in the works.Times-Call photo courtesy Niwot Historical Society

Niwot plans bandstand in key of nostalgia


NIWOT — If all goes well, more people will visit Niwot this summer, and not just to enjoy the town’s well-known antique shops and restaurants.

Volunteers in Niwot are working to build a new bandstand in town, just feet away from the signature red caboose that sits along the Diagonal Highway.

“I think it can help bring the community together,” said Dan Zbozien, a Niwot resident who has volunteered to spearhead construction of the new bandstand. “I want it to bring the generations of the community together in the same place.”

For more than two years, longtime Niwot resident and antiques shop owner Tim Wise, Zbozien and other volunteers have been working to build the bandstand near Niwot Road and the Diagonal.

It won’t be the first time the town has drawn visitors with music; Niwot built its first bandstand in the early 1900s.

“This project is historically correct for Niwot,” Wise said.

The original bandstand stood near Second Avenue and Murray Street but was moved twice. Today it still stands, albeit in the back yard of a private residence on 83rd Street. And the owner of that home wants that bandstand to stay there.

So Niwotians are opting for the next-best thing.

“We are trying to keep the flavor of the original bandstand (in designing the new one),” Zbozien said.

Wise said the project is being funded by a $3,000 grant from Boulder County for economic development and by money from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, which is funded through sales and use taxes in the seven metro-area counties.

Part of the foundation for the new bandstand is already in place, and Zbozien said he hopes to continue work on the project March 12.

“We’ve been waiting for warmer weather to work on it, and it looks like we’re going to be lucky,” he said.

Boy Scout Troop 161 also has volunteered its time to help erect the bandstand.

If all goes well, Wise said, the group hopes to have the bandstand up and ready in time to host the town’s Fourth of July celebrations.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Wise said.

Amanda Arthur can be reached at 303-684-5215, or by e-mail at aarthur@times-call.com.

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