MOUNT VERNON — After almost two years, the bench purchased by the Daughters of the American Revolution will take its intended place at Chester-Shock Park at Division Street and Coshocton Avenue.
The Lucy Knox Chapter of the DAR actually bought a bench for the park a couple years ago. The bench was in place for a time, but was removed when the park was being renovated. It was on a foundation that had been used by an older bench, but it was in the way of the installation of the gazebo, fence and new sidewalk.
The bench purchased was made of recycled plastic that looks like wood but will not deteriorate, but it was decided that it wouldn’t fit well with the renovated park, said City Council member Nancy Vail, a member of the DAR.
Safety-Service Director Dave Glass said the Shade Tree and Beautification Committee, which oversaw the renovation, agreed to buy a wrought iron bench to place at the park with the DAR plaque attached, while the more modern bench was to be placed at Hiawatha Park.
Glass said Parks Director Geoff Oliver plans to have the bench in place before he retires May 10.
But the bench requires a concrete slab as a base to sit on. Glass said some concrete work was being done at Riverside Park earlier this spring and enough extra concrete was available to allow Oliver to set up a frame and pour a slab there. That means the slab has to be transported to Chester-Shock Park.
Glass said the bench will be placed near the middle of the fence along the Coshocton Avenue side of the park.
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