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Project update offered

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A watercolor of the Forest Park Bandshell by Connie McClure is currently on display at Riddell National Bank. The bank's bench is currently on display in the foyer with the painting. For more information on the benches project, contact George Kumpf at gkumpf@aol.com.
The Brazil City Parks Board received an update Wednesday on the personalized benches to be placed at the Forest Park Bandshell.

George Kumpf and Connie McClure informed the board of the progress made in the project, which included board members receiving a copy of the watercolor painting.

"Forest Park is very important to the community and this project has brought back a lot of childhood memories," McClure said. "Brazil is very lucky to have a park of this quality."

The benches will run approximately $500 each, which is tax deductible. To have the deductible for 2009 taxes, a purchase must be made by Dec. 31.

Each bench can include up to 28 characters on the top board and they are made out of recyclable plastic. Patrons will receive a miniature print of the bandshell painting with each purchase.

The original watercolor and a bench are on display in the foyer at Riddell National Bank. A second bench is currently located at the Santa House in Forest Park and after the Christmas season is complete it will be moved back to Brazil City Hall.

"There is a lot of enthusiasm and excitement that people have expressed to me about the project," Kumpf said. "Even with the economy and it being so close to Christmas, I am still hoping for 100 benches installed before the first concert."

To make that goal Kumpf must have the benches purchased by February and he believes the benches could be a wonderful Christmas gift for those hard to buy for people.

"It is the perfect Christmas present to parents or loved ones," he said.

What began as an idea to donate a park bench in honor of his parents, eventually bloomed into an idea to honor everyone who enjoys the Forest Park Bandshell.

For more information about the project contact Kumpf at gkumpf@aol.com.

How to order personalized park bench

Order forms are available online at http://www.forestparkbench.blogspot.com and at various locations around town.

Checks should be made out to: Clay Community Park Association, with the words "park bench" in the memo of the check. Information is to be mailed to Riddell National Bank attn: Kathy White, PO Box 340, Brazil, Ind., 47834.

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