WITTENBERG -- A major restoration project is expected to bring new life to a staple in the village of Wittenberg. But it's just one of many changes residents will see.
After months of work, crews are putting the finishing touches on the band shell in Wittenberg's Washington Park.
Despite the hard work, the finished product is a source of pride.
And project officials are ready to return the band shell to its original glory.
"It's been a challenge, but a rewarding challenge," said Project Manager Ray Bosveld.
Village officials believe the band shell was built in the 1930's. It was a place, they say, where the high school band would play.
"I believe it was a WPA project by Roosevelt. He wanted to create jobs, and picked a few buildings, why they picked a band shell I have no idea," explained Village President Bill Switalla.
Over the years, the band shell grew quiet and began to fall apart. That all changed a few months ago, when a local business owner stepped up to help.
"He wanted to save the building and make it look original, because if does grace the village on Rustic Road here," Bosveld said.
And the band shell restoration is just the beginning. In fact, the entire park will be revamped.
"Our plan is to take the road out and bring the basketball courts in and try to make it more of a usable park and not so spread out," Bosveld said.
Crews expect to have the majority of the work done by the fall. They're excited to see what the future will hold.
"The village stands to have a whole new facelift when you come into town. It's on Rustic Road. People always want to take Rustic Road," Bosveld explained.
The project is funded entirely through donations. An official dedication of the band shell is scheduled for next Wednesday.
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