Marysvale will restore two historic buildings - an old school building on Main Street and an open-air dance hall at the city park.
Mayor Ron Bushman said the Piute School District owns the rock school but Marys-vale has a 99-year lease. Plans call for replacing the roof and windows and repairing structural damage. The building will be used by artists and others who need work space.The 70-year-old dance hall needs new concrete pillars and restrooms. Officials hope to use it for dances during the summer.
Dances on Saturday nights and holidays highlighted entertainment in rural southern Utah towns from the 1930s into the 1950s when many towns had "open air" dance halls. Most of the popular ones, like Redmonto and Shady Dell in Sevier County, the Purple Haze in Piute County and the Big Apple in Wayne County, have all but disappeared. The concrete structures are long gone or are in ruins.
Bushman said money to restore the dance hall and school building in Marysvale is being obtained through special fund-raising events.