North Tonawanda and Niagara County officials broke ground Thursday for a new bandshell in Raymond Klimek Veterans Park on the Niagara River waterfront.
The city received $90,000 from the Niagara River Greenway fund to pay for the project, which replaces a stage built in 2003. The city put in $25,000 for landscaping and other improvements in the park.
The open-air bandshell will be used for concerts and for special military events held in the park, which is home to the U.S. Navy Seabees Monument, the U.S. Marine Corps Monument and the Robert Clark Purple Heart Monument.
The city will make the bandshell available for private group events, including weddings.