The Downtown Bench Project

In 2013 we began work on the Downtown Bench Project. In May of that year, a prototype bench was built outside the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and was promptly visited by both Greenfield’s own Mayor Martin and District Representative Paul Mark.

Mayor_Martin_and_bench Paul_Mark_and_bench
This year we’re excited to offer a new bench design developed by Greenfield High School shop teacher Mark Leonard and his students which uses the very tree grates taken up by the Town, making real our mission to beautify downtown while embracing sustainability. This beautiful and unique bench, made of the tree grates and heavy duty stainless steel, is available to sponsor (with dedication plaque) for $1,000.

GHS bench design
arts_block_bench_121614 wilsons_bench_121614 You or your business can purchase a bench to be installed downtown with your name or message on it. You can also make a general donation to the Rejuvenators’ efforts. Our goal is to build fifteen to thirty benches in downtown tree wells along Main and Federal Streets and Bank Row and in a joint effort with the Town of Greenfield, the tree gratings, which are actually harming rather than protecting the trees, have been removed. Our original bench design, built of wood and composite lumber can be sponsored with a dedication plaque for $500 in certain locations.

Downtown benches have many advantages:
  • Protects trees while promoting their growth
  • Enhances the streetscape
  • Discourages littering
  • Strengthens community bond
  • Attracts more foot traffic, benefitting local businesses
Thanks to our wonderful bench sponsors:
  • 114 Main Street (Town of Greenfield Planning Department), Greenfield Rejuvenators, “Thanks to Mark Leonard, this bench is Grate!”
  • Arts Block, Anonymous, “Sit and listen to the wisdom of the trees.”
  • Wilson’s Department Store, John & Pam Stobierski, “Stop, breathe, look around & embrace the miracle of each day.”
  • Greenfield Public Library, Jean & Richard Canteen, “With Thanksgiving for Richard’s Recovery”

The Median Containers Project

downtown_containers_July_2013 In 2012, the Greenfield Rejuvenators offered to take over the downtown median container plantings from the Greenfield Garden Club. In 2013, its second year, we worked with Stacey of Chapley Gardens of Deerfield on our seasonal containers. The containers were out in time for the Memorial Day Parade and remained till the end of fall. We’re happy to report that Chapley Gardens will be doing the containers again for 2014, sponsored by a generous grant from the Greenfield Garden Club.

Trash & Recycling Containers

trash and recycling containers July 2013 We all know that one of the best ways to keep the sidewalks and streets litter-free is to simply provide people with more places to throw things away. You can sponsor a trash and recycling set for $500, or either one separately for $250.

Future Projects

We look forward to adding light pole banners and hanging flower baskets to the downtown streetscape in 2015!