Storm aftermath: Alex Park bandstand smashed

2009-01-07 00:00

THE aftermath of Saturday’s storm is still visible in many parts of the city with uprooted trees and debris yet to be cleared and the city’s historical sites not spared either.

The bandstand, which was erected at the Oval in Alexandra Park in 1892, was demolished by the storm. According to city archives, the bandstand is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country.

The roof is in the “chinoiserie” style of Far Eastern architecture, shaped like a mandarin’s hat.

The bandstand was officially opened on June 4, 1892, by the mayor, Mr C.P. Mason.

Mason said at the time that the bandstand was erected in appreciation of the military of Fort Napier who had served the city.

Oval groundsman Jannie Vermaak, who was at the park and saw the bandstand collapse during the storm, said it was dramatic.

He noticed that one of the floodlights was bent and shortly after that, three big trees blew down and it became dark. Vermaak said as he was making a dash for his vehicle, he saw the historic bandstand falling to the ground.

Director of parks and recreation, Steven Naick, said the municipality has insurance on its buildings and will make a claim so that the bandstand can be restored.

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