The Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo has been a gathering place for nearly four decades; a site for countless concerts, open-air author visits, planned marriage proposals, a variety of family celebrations and more. Because of its noteworthy location in Central Park and along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, it’s often the perfect spot to simply sit and soak in the summer.

Over the years of all the loving memories created there, the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo has yet to receive any renovations or repairs. But, because of its significance to Lakesiders thus far, it’s important that the Gazebo can remain a reliable place for events for years to come. That’s why on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28, Lakeside is setting a goal to revitalize the Steele Memorial Bandstand/Gazebo. We only need one thing to ensure it: your support.

Your financial support on #GivingTuesday will allow us to make some much-needed repairs and additions. These updates will not only help the Gazebo maintain its beauty, but will increase its functionality.

To improve the aesthetics of the space, we first plan to add a fresh coat of white paint. The 270° landscaping will be updated with new shrubs and perennial flowers, and containers of annuals will also be added at the entrance to brighten the view for concert-goers.

While the low-to-the-ground and open stage already provides an intimate venue for concerts, speakers and weddings, we’re investigating a step extension and paver system that would allow those on the stage to step down and be closer to the audience.

New benches will be purchased and placed on concrete strips, and the gravel underneath will be removed and replaced with grass.

Lastly, fresh grass will be planted all around the structure to provide an even ground.

The picture provided is only a draft of the work we plan to do with your donations. The plan will be revised based on use and suggestions.

Lend a hand this #GivingTuesday, and help us revitalize this special place along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile.

To give a gift…

  • Make an online donation today or on Tuesday, Nov.28.
  • Call (419) 798-5396 to give a gift over the phone.
  • Make a check payable to the “Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation,” Attn: Giving Tuesday, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, Ohio 43440 with “Giving Tuesday” in the memo line.