Another reason to come to Riverfest on Saturday, September 19 is to see the dedication of the new benches. Not just any benches either. Here's their story.
Back around the beginning of the year, I was at a Norristown Schuylkill Rivertown meeting. We were talking about placing both seating and artwork along the Schuylkill River Trail and in Riverfront Park. We looked at photos of benches made from warehouse pallets and thought that might be an economical way make seating. Environmental as well, because we'd be recycling the pallets. Depending how they were constructed and painted, they could double as artwork.
Tom McGlynn of Feed The Burbs supplied the pallets. Exterior paint was
donated. Amy designed the benches and did most of the construction. Her
students sanded and primed the benches, then mixed the paints to get all
kinds of vibrant colors, then they painted the benches.
The new benches are scheduled to be approved by
Council at their September 15th meeting (they need Council's approval to
be used at Riverfront Park). Assuming all goes according to plan, the
benches will then be dedicated in the park at Riverfest the following
The more adults
who work on a project, the more likely someone will have the skills or
materials needed, or know someone else who does.
And our youth? They
don't have preconceived ideas about why things CAN'T be done or about
who should or shouldn't do the work. Look at the photos--kids of
all races, backgrounds and genders. Doesn't that make you proud,