Lake Harriet Bandshell to be painted a new color if petitioners get their way

A few hundred people have signed a petition asking the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to restore the Lake Harriet Bandshell back to its original blue-gray color.

The bandshell, which is now tan, is undergoing renovations in the coming months. The petition, started by Steve Brandt, a member of the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation, says the popular blue-gray color was replaced with an "unfortunate mud brown with little public input when the bandshell was repainted in 2004."

Brandt and others are hoping the Park Board will repaint it to the color it was when it was completed in 1986, saying "It's time to restore the original color, which echoes the surrounding sky and lake." 

Brandt even wrote a post in Southwest Community Voices in support of the bandshell's color change. On Twitter, Brandt acknowledged this isn't "the most pressing issue" in Minneapolis right now, but it's "time to right a wrong."

As of 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, the petition had garnered 398 signatures since being launched a week ago. 

According to the Park Board's website, work on the bandshell and nearby pavilion is in the pre-design phase. The main focus of the work on the bandshell will entail replacing the cedar wood shingles on the roof of the bandshell and adjacent concessions building. The shingles are more than 30 years old, and high winds in the spring "exacerbated damage to the roof," the website notes, adding the Park Board fielded a lot of questions and concerns about the fate and safety of the bandshell area.

Other work could include upgrades to lighting, electrical and restrooms, as well as adding a bird-safe coating to bandshell windows and replacing doors and door frames. 

FOX 9 has reached out to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for comment, and to see if painting the bandshell would be considered. We'll update this story when we hear back.

The Lake Harriet Bandshell is undergoing renovations in the months to come. Residents are hoping that will include painting the tan building back to its original blue-gray. (FOX 9)