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109 new park benches to be assembled

Published June 04. 2010 05:00PM

A project that will help revitalize the Palmerton Borough Park will reap the fruits of its labor.

A Community Day will be held Saturday in the borough park to assemble the 109 new benches that will adorn the park.

Sponsored by the Palmerton Concourse Club, the event will get under way at 7 a.m. There will be free refreshments for those who volunteer.

Christine Campbell, president of the Concourse Club, urged volunteers who have a " ratchet with a 9/16" socket to bring them along to put the bolts in.

Palmerton Lumber will deliver the bench ends, and Pencor Services, Inc., will maneuver the bench ends around the park through the use of a skidster, she said.

All told, 109 benches have been sponsored by local businesses and residents of the Palmerton area through the Palmerton Concourse Club Bench Project.

The new benches are colored red, and will replace 70 green benches currently in the borough park, said Christine Campbell, president of the club/project leader.

Each bench has five boards, which means 545 boards needed two coats of paint before they could even be assembled, Campbell said.

The Friends of Benches subcommittee decided to make the benches red to match the sign that welcomes visitors to town at the start of Delaware Avenue, she said.

Campbell said Palmerton Lumber has provided supplies, the pre-drilling, and delivery of the 545 boards needed for the benches, along with the hardware and concrete ends.

Also, Campbell said Sheas Hardware has supplied the group with not only the paint, rollers and other items needed for the project, but also with their expert advice.

In addition, the brass plaques that will be mounted on each bench and note the designated sponsor have also been supplied by Sheas, she said.

Campbell said a special dedication ceremony will be held sometime in August.

Formed in the borough on Jan. 21, 1915, the Concourse Club was established to promote interest in education, social, welfare, moral values, governmental affairs, and fine arts.

From its modest beginnings as a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the Concourse Club has become one of the largest community service organizations in Carbon County, with about 120 active members.

Since its inception, the group has placed an emphasis on health and children's projects, and has provided significant support to the Palmerton Area Library, the Palmerton Wheels "Books for Babies" to encourage reading to children, and Operation Smile, to provide corrective surgery for children suffering from severe facial deformities.

Along with its social and educational programs, the Concourse Club has been instrumental in maintaining the quality and character of the borough park.

The group restored the bandstand, and provided the financial support for walkways improvements, new lighting, and free replacement in the park as well.

Anyone who would like to help assemble the benches, or with any questions about the project, may contact Campbell at (610) 379-1202.

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