Just steps away

Cross the Iron Bridge and travel South by Heritage Trail to get to the Freedom Skate Park and The Bancroft Heritage Museum.

Freedom Skatepark Poster | Millennium Park Concert 2007    From the Archives : Poster for the 2007 Freedom Stake Park Concert held at Millennium Park | Read about it at Community Futures | Click
Top three finalists in the Adult Category - Finals held at Millennium Park 2008

Bancroft and Area Singing Idol was held at Millennium Park 2008

The Band shell was built through the support of:

  • Art Gallery of Bancroft
  • Bancroft and District Chamber of Commerce
  • Bancroft Homes | Gary Sobry
  • Bancroft Lions Club
  • Brockhausen's Wood Construction | Jorn Brockhausen
  • Rene Butihofer
  • Dave Card
  • Compudraft Design Services
  • Dungannon Community Bingo
  • John Foreman
  • Freymond Lumber
  • Wayne Graf
  • Malcom and Diane Gurley
  • Elmer Hoover
  • Abbe Laidlaw
  • Kathleen and Albertus Leenders
  • North Hastings Community Choir
  • Robert Rennie
  • Dave Rutledge
  • Maynard Schutt
  • Vance Motors
  • Carl Ziebarth
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From the Archives

May 2000 | John Foreman and volunteers have sawn, peeled, and hand hewn the white pine logs for the band shell.

June 03 | Official Sod Turning Ceremony Mayor Lloyd Churchill, MP Larry McCormick, and Committee chair Kathleen Leenders turned the first sod.

July 11 | Council agrees to provide building permit, cover the cost of the foundation and provided equipment and manpower for the excavation.

July 24 | Gary Sobry of Bancroft Homes and volunteers begin excavation of the foundation.

August 7 | David Card, the general contractor for the band shell, started work on the floor.

September 21 | Jorn Brockhausen of Brockhausen's Wood Construction builds the timberframe trusses for over the stage area.

October 23| Timber trusses and log walls completed by Jorn and John. Roof sheathing completed in tongue and groove boards

November 18 | Roof raising is completed

January 2001 | Interior partitions, electrical, and plumbing completed.

May 19 | The Grand Opening Ceremony

York River Millennium Bandshell | Arne Roosman Artist and Lithographer

In the spring of 2001, Bancroft, Ontario, became home to the York River Millennium Band shell. Located beside the York River just north of the downtown, the band shell is a traditional log structure measuring 36 feet wide by 32 feet deep.

Compudraft Design Services worked closely with the band shell committee to develop the plans for the structure.

Compudraft Design Sketch | Developed by Larry Haight
Design by Larry Haight of Compudraft Design Services for the Millennium Park Band Shell Compudraft Design Services provides design services for the Millennium Park Bandstand | Click to visit Compudraft Design
Design by Larry Haight of Compudraft Design Services for the Millennium Park Band Shell

The stage is the setting for a variety of entertainment including the Mineral Capital Concerts. Residents from around the Hastings Highland area and cottagers as well, enjoy such events as music concerts, live theatre, comedy, and choir groups at the York River Millennium Park Band shell.

The floor is built
John Foreman
Roof Trusses being laid on the bandshell

The band shell is a traditional dovetail log building. It consists of a stage area which is approximately 34' wide by 17' deep. The stage faces west into a park that will hold an audience of approximately two thousand. A new recreational pedestrian bridge, which is also part of the Millennium Project, is in place across the York River at the west edge of the park.

Roof Bandshell
Walls completed on the  Bandshell

The millennium project was developed with financial assistance from the Canadian Millennium Partnership Program as well as donations from the public and business people in the Bancroft area. An environmental assessment was performed by SNC-Lavalin, Engineers and Contractors before this project was approved.

Many local groups and business people have made contributions to help with the band shell project.

As construction began in May, 2000, many people donated their time, tools, and expertise to help with this project. As the project continues, we welcome any and all support from our growing list of contributors.