The Downtown Bench ProjectIn 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.
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.
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
- 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”