A memorial bandstand dedicated to Paul Teixeira is in the works for Nipomo Regional Park. The Rotary Club of Nipomo has raised more than $60,000 to build a bandstand in the park, situated behind the Nipomo Library and adjacent to Dana Elementary School, club member William Schneiderman said.
The structure will be called the Paul Teixeira Rotary Bandstand, in honor of the San Luis Obispo County supervisor, who died from a heart attack in June 2013.
Teixeira lived most of his life in the South County, graduating from Arroyo Grande High School, Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria and Cal Poly. Before being elected to the county Board of Supervisors, he served on the county Parks Commission and on the Lucia Mar Unified School District board. He and his wife, Deanna, raised five children.
Schneiderman said a bandstand was an appropriate way to remember Teixeira.
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“This is what Paul liked,” Schneiderman said. “Paul liked the music. And he was a big part of the Rotary Club.”
The project has been in the works for several months, and is just waiting to go before the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission at a currently unscheduled meeting, Schneiderman said. Construction is tentatively scheduled for the spring.
The park already features a patio area with seating, as well as grills, benches, a playground and numerous sports fields.
Schneiderman said he felt the project would be a positive addition to the existing park. In addition to being a place where concerts could be held, the bandstand could be used for special events.
“There’s not much else there to draw people to have fun and listen to music,” he said. “It’s a beautiful park and it would be a nice place to have events.”
Though more money has been raised than needed to build the bandstand, Schneiderman said club members are still looking for donations to cover any extra costs that may come up with the construction.
They are also selling bricks engraved with donors’ names that would be placed around the bandstand and other community structures. The bricks come in different sizes, and will likely cost between $100 and $500 each, Schneiderman said.
IF YOU WANT TO DONATE
Contact Ken Whittle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-459-6207, or mail a your donation to P.O. Box 248, Nipomo CA, 93444. Checks should be made payable to Rotary Club of Nipomo.