Ridgepole Celebrations on the Mežaparks Great Bandstand

A leafy garland has been raised to the top of the new spectator area’s structure of the Mežaparks Great Bandstand. The Ridgepole Celebrations were attended by the Minister of Culture, representatives of Riga City Council, Latvian National Centre for Culture and Riga City Council City Property Committee, PS “LNK, RERE”, SIA “Rīgas meži”, as well as architects of the project, Latvian Song and Dance Festival Council members and representatives of other institutions involved in the project.

Traditionally, the Topping Out is celebrated when construction of a building reaches its highest point — the roof’s supporting structure is completed, as well as all heavy work. During a period of five months since the start of the construction, a half of the planned works have been completed.

Currently, this is one of the biggest construction sites in Riga with a considerable amount of work divided into two stages. Reconstruction of the spectator area will take place until June 2018, and reconstruction of the chorus stand will last until 2020. The facility in facts and figures: the spectator area is 150 m long, the height of the spectator area’s structure is 11.5 m, the chorus stand is 100 m wide, the planned height of the stand’s roof is 35 m, the seating capacity is over 30,000 and the amount of chorus singers is 9,100.

The agreement on the reconstruction of the Mežaparks Great Bandstand involving the adjustment of the spectator area and the bandstand for the XXVI Latvian Song Festival and the XVI Latvian Dance Festival to be held in 2018 was signed this April. The first stage of the Great Bandstand’s reconstruction is performed by PS “LNK, RERE”. The reconstruction’s first stage is scheduled for commissioning on 18 June 2018.