Crowdfunding campaign launched to support Lincoln Park’s Kennedy Memorial Park Band Shell

Nate Pilon

Monday, March 16, 2015

$10,000 goal to secure matching grant through MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places initiative

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the City of Lincoln Park today announced a new crowdfunding campaign through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. The campaign will support the revitalization of the Kennedy Memorial Park Band Shell.

“The Kennedy Memorial Park Band Shell is an important part of Lincoln Park’s history and with the help of residents, businesses, and others, we can ensure that it is a part of the city’s future,” said MEDC Community Assistance Team Specialist Nate Scramlin.

If the City of Lincoln Park attains its crowdfunding goal of $10,000 by April 16, MEDC will provide a $10,000 matching grant. For project details and to donate, please visit:

“The Band Shell has a classic art deco design and is a jewel for our community,” said Lincoln Park’s Emergency Manager Brad Coulter. “Refurbishing the structure and restarting regular musical events at the Band Shell is a key piece in reinventing Lincoln Park for future generations.”

The Band Shell at Kennedy Memorial Park has been the Lincoln Park community’s venue for music and performance art since the mid-1950s. Despite its vibrant history consisting of highly influential musicians, the Band Shell now sits empty and in need of repairs.

The contributions obtained from this campaign will assist the city in repairing the structure and bringing concerts back on stage. Contributions will address interior and exterior painting, installation of downspouts, gutters, and heated valleys, repair of masonry, and assist with bringing free concerts to the public.

“Name a community and you often think of a building, park, landmark or some other asset that makes you identify with that city,” said Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League. “In Lincoln Park the band shell is one of those attractions. By contributing to this crowdfunding effort, residents - for years to come - can take pride in something they helped revitalize.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity where local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, non-profits and other business entities can apply at

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