After 40 years of being a community staple in Lowell, demolition of the iconic showboat has begun. Bye bye, Lowell Showboat.

Our news partner, Fox17, reports the City manager says crews from Earthworm Dozing and Excavating began removing everything above the main deck.

In the spring, the main deck and pontoons will be moved to the boat launch and completely removed from the Flat River.

During the demolition, access to the Riverwalk Plaza will be restricted to allow the work to proceed.

The city says more details about the next Lowell Showboat will be coming soon. We’re told remnants of the boat will be salvaged and will be available as a part of future fundraising efforts.