A city-owned property in downtown Leavenworth known as Gazebo Park no longer has a gazebo.

A city-owned property in downtown Leavenworth known as Gazebo Park no longer has a gazebo.

The wooden gazebo was demolished Tuesday for safety reasons.

“It was just getting old and dilapidated,” said Steve Grant, director of the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.

Grant said it would not have made financial sense to spend money to try to restore the gazebo.

The concrete base for the gazebo will be left in place. But Grant said there is no plan at the moment to replace the gazebo, which stood on property in the 300 block of Delaware Street.

City Manager Paul Kramer said he will have a conversation with members of the Leavenworth City Commission sometime in the future regarding whether they want to replace the gazebo at the park.

“Right now, it just needed to be removed before it became a danger,” Kramer said.

Kramer said the gazebo had become more of an eyesore than an amenity.

The gazebo stood next to a city-owned empty lot on the corner of Delaware and Third streets. The city purchased the corner lot in 2018 and demolished a building that was located on the property.

City officials have been trying to sell the empty corner lot to a potential developer.

Kramer said Gazebo Park’s proximity to the corner lot was not a factor in the decision to demolish the gazebo.

Grant said he does not know how long the gazebo had stood in the park.

City Clerk Carla Williamson said the city purchased the site of Gazebo Park in 1985, and a dilapidated building that stood on the property was demolished.

Williamson is not sure exactly how much time passed before the land was turned into a park, but she found notes from 1987 that made reference to the gazebo.

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