Fine Arts Center Bandshell
In 1990, the Kiwanis Club of Hartland brought the idea of the bandshell in Nixon Park to the Village Park Board. The park is named after Dr. H. G. B. Nixon, whose family settled in Hartland; he donated the land to the Village in the 1920s. In 1991, Chuck Kultz and Kieth Stuge from P.D.C., Inc., (the architects) delivered preliminary plans to the Board. It was estimated to cost $60,000 which was raised over the next two years to $165,000. Construction began in 1994 with completion in 1995 with the Village contributing $30,000 and the Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club providing the balance. In 2001 several items were addressed: burial of electrical lines in front of he stage, backs on the benches added, plus four seating areas according to ADA access specifications.
From the Lake County Report, June 1, 1995
The grand opening was held June 3,1995. Both articles are from the Lake County Reporter.
A kiosk near the bandshell lists the summer activities. Family Movie Series along with Thursday Night Concert series (funded by the Kiwanis and the Village) are on the schedule. Occasionally local theater groups (such as the Lake Country Players) or schools hold plays. It has also been used for weddings. The Lake Country Beer Garden is an additional attraction located near to the bandshell.