The free concerts and movie series at the Hyde Community Center in Newton Highlands has become a popular summer happening and will be taking a giant leap forward with the construction of band stand adjacent to the Hyde Playground.
The structure — which includes a pull down movie screen — is the brainchild of Alderman and Hyde Center director John Rice. Janice Bourque from the Hyde Board has also been a driving force behind this project.
Commodore Builders offered to do the band stand project for the City of Newton as a give back in celebration of their 10 year anniversary. Commodore has managed to obtain upwards of $100,000 in donated services and materials to make this community project possible.
Beside Commodore Builders donating all its companies services there are many subcontractors donating services as well. Schnee Architects, Inc donated all the design/architecture work, Steve Siegel donated all the structural engineering and Vern Porter Associates donated all the surveying services.
The Hyde still needs to raise $40,000 for materials and services that are not donated. If anyone wants to make a donation or provide some donated construction services they should can contact Rice at 617-201-7088.
Construction starts over the next two weeks. Ribbon cutting is Friday June 14 at 6:30 with the Gringo Kings playing an eight piece jazz band