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First phase of project nearly complete

Thursday, May 6, 2010

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Park Department associate Ed Holt helps George Kumpf with the placing of a new park bench at the Forest Park Band Shell. The current benches in stock could be ready by the weekend. [Order this photo]
George Kumpf's vision is finally coming together.

For several months, Kumpf has spearheaded a project that would replace the benches at the Forest Park Band Shell.

On Thursday, park department associates, along with Kumpf, began replacing the benches with the new ones.

In August, Kumpf and others approached the Brazil City Parks Board, pitching the idea to replace the current benches with new ones.

For only $500, the benches would be engraved with 28 characters or less, including spaces. Those purchasing a bench would also receive a miniature print of the band shell.

The benches are made out of recyclable plastic by Barco Products, based in Batavia, Ill.

The miniature print and one of the benches have been on display at Riddell National Bank.

The first phase of the project, according to Kumpf, was to have 100 benches set up at the band shell by this summer. The first concert for the Brazil Concert Band this year is scheduled for June 6.

On Thursday, Kumpf told The Brazil Times a total of 106 benches have been purchased so far and 10 more are expected sometime soon.

"We can get more," Kumpf said. "I think once people see the benches, we'll sell a lot more. I think that would be nice."

Kumpf said the second phase of the project is to sell approximately 80 more benches and have them placed next year.

Heading into the concert band season, Kumpf said he had hoped to sell enough benches for the first phase of the project to be a success.

"I thought we could," he said. "But 100 is probably more than what we thought it was. That's a lot of benches, especially in this economy. That's remarkable. That says a lot about this community and it says a lot about the park."

Forest Park Supt. Bill Houck agreed.

"This is amazing," Houck said. "I never thought we'd sell 100 (benches)."

Houck added the older benches that are still usable will be placed around the perimeter of the band shell for more seating.

Residents interested in purchasing a personalized park bench for the park may do so by filling out a form that may be accessed at www.forestparkbench.blogspot.com or through Riddell National Bank. The purchase is tax deductible.

Those interested in purchasing should fill out the form and send it to Riddell National Bank, attn: Kathy White, PO Box 340, Brazil, Ind., 47834. Those paying via check should make the check out to Clay Community Park Association and write park bench in the memo on the check.


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Keep up the good work guys!!

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 1:48 PM

This year will be my 20th in the band. As someone who doesn't live in Brazil, I continue to be amazed at and proud of the support the community gives various projects within the park. The band shell extension, pavilion renovation, and now the park benches show the Brazil community has pride in their city park. A sincere thanks to the many people whose support continue to make Forest Park my favorite place to be each summer!

-- Posted by gardenwall2 on Fri, May 7, 2010, at 2:06 PM

are they going to sell the old benches

-- Posted by 1dogbob on Wed, May 12, 2010, at 12:55 PM


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