Over the winter, the public got a chance to see the new color for the Lake Harriet bandshell. It was a big deal because people were petitioning for the bandshell to be painted back to its original blue color. The Park Board was hinting that the petitioning public was getting what they wanted with a new slate blue color. Objectively, the new color wasn’t blue.

Yesterday, the Minneapolis Park Board announced that “Project staff and designers worked throughout spring to figure out how to match the previous blue Bandshell tone while using an updated stain method for the cedar roof shingles that will extend their longevity.”

The project staff’s mock-up now shows the first “blue” color next to the new-new blue color that looks more blue than its predecessor.

What do you think? Are you happy with the new-new blue color that the project staff picked? Are we on our way to restoring the Lake Harriet Bandshell to its original color?

In other Lake Harriet pavilion construction news, crews are updating bandshell windows, remodeling the bathrooms in the pavilion so that they are accessible, and repainting building sidewalls. Crews will pause their work as much as they can this summer to accommodate concessions at Bread and Pickle, music and movies at the bandshell, and other scheduled events. Work will resume after Labor Day to complete any unfinished work started this spring and replace the roofs of the bandshell and other buildings.