A total of 109 new, red, park benches can now be seen in the Palmerton Borough Park thanks in part to the Concourse Club of Palmerton.

Christine Campbell, president of the club, chose to replace the benches in the park as her President's Project during her two-year term as president to the club.

With Campbell's organizational skills fully intact, she has worked hard in organizing her project. With the help of the Concourse Club members, members' spouses, area volunteers, a grant from Horsehead Industries, donations from Shea's Hardware, and Palmerton Lumber, the benches are now a reality.

During the recent Community Day in the park, more than 50 volunteers, young and old alike, came to assist the club as they assembled the benches throughout the downtown park.

Each park bench, which has been sponsored by a local business, area organizations, or residents of the Palmerton area, sports a brass plaque mounted on the top board, naming the sponsor of each bench.

The club served coffee and doughnuts, ice water and a light lunch to all the volunteers who devoted their morning to assembling the benches.

The 70 old green benches were removed by the Palmerton Borough workers and will now find new homes at area little league baseball fields and the Palmerton Memorial Park.

A special park bench dedication ceremony will be held in the borough park in August.

The Concourse Club has been the catalyst to many improvements to the borough park in the past, such as the restoration of the bandstand, improved walkways, and new lighting along the paths.