The City of Rolla is erecting a shade structure.


What is it: The City of Rolla is erecting a shade structure.

Where: The municipal parking lot at Ninth Street and Elm Street

Background: The $17,000 shade structure was purchased earlier this year using funds from a grant provided by the US Department of Agriculture. The structure's primary purpose is to provide a more comfortable environment for the Tuesday downtown farmer's market. It will also be utilized during the upcoming Summerfest and other community festivals and events.

Timeline: Crews began pouring the footings for the structure Wednesday, and construction is expected to continue through this week. The city anticipates the structure will be in place sometime Friday. City officials are asking the community to keep away from the area during construction for safety reasons.