Many western towns (Calgary included) built bandstands in public parks or squares. These elevated structures made it easier for people to see and hear the musicians during the very popular free concerts held both in the summer and at winter skating parties. The Park gladly carries on this tradition today.
As a centerpiece of parks and towns, bandstands were designed to be both practical and attractive. Craftsman style wooden band shells built on an octagonal plan were common. Occasionally, they took the form of classically inspired follies or Romanesque temples made of concrete and stucco.