What’s better than a summer evening in Lake George? After a fun day exploring the area, many of us enjoy heading to Shepard Park in Lake George Village for free music at the amphitheater. To provide key upgrades for the popular amphitheater, there is a fundraising campaign underway to raise $25,000 by June 1, 2017.
Photo courtesy of Lake George Community Band
The fundraising campaign was announced during this past Lite up the Village celebration in Shepard Park by Village Mayor Robert Blais. The end goal is to pay for major improvements to the park’s amphitheater and bandstand, but to do so, the village will require project funding.
The Charles R. Wood Foundation has kick-started the project with a $25,000 donation, and the local organization has challenged the village to raise an additional $25,000 by June 1, 2017. If the village is able to raise this amount, then the foundation will provide a matching grant.
Funds raised will go toward replacing the old lighting system and upgrading the sound system. Furthermore, the Shepard Park project calls for two or three rows of natural seating and a wheelchair-accessible walkway to the seating area.
If the fundraising campaign is successful, then we could see some essential improvements to Shepard Park’s amphitheater. The 100+ year old park was actually created through similar fundraising efforts.
Back in early 1900s, New York City native Edward M. Shepard envisioned a public park on the southern shore of Lake George. Although he passed away in 1911 due to pneumonia, his friends and family hoped to bring his dream to reality.
Over the next few years, there were multiple fundraisers that helped to purchase the lakeside property, add docks, and erect an outdoor stage. Thanks to these fundraising efforts, Shepard Park grew into what it is today.
Now, Lake George Village hopes their fundraising campaign will lead to similar results as the community gets involved. King Neptune’s Pub hosted a benefit concert on February 19, and the Lake George Community Band held a fundraising concert on February 26. Mayor Blais hopes to feature more concerts at the park as the weather improves.
If you want to help improve Shepard Park for the future, you can send a donation by mail to “The Village of Lake George, 26 Old Post Road, Lake George, NY, 12845.” Checks must be made out to “Lake George Village-Shepard Park Fund.
- Lake George Examiner – Fundraising for Lake George’s Shepard Park project underway