Honoring individuals, organizations in North Branch
Anyone who has taken a walk around North Branch recently might have noticed there are far more designated quaint places to stop and take a rest.
Upon further inspection of these locations, one might find the benches upon which they’re sitting are actually memorials to various members of the community and some of the organizations that are so integral to the city.
The memorial benches initiative was one of the first projects thought up by the North Branch Beautification Association when the group, made up of dedicated local volunteers, formed about three years ago.
The first set of benches was installed last summer, and seven more have been put in this summer. Another three are going in North Branch Central Park, but they’re in storage until work on the park’s playground is complete.
North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce communications coordinator and Beautification Association director Kris Greene said after the first round of benches went in last year, people and organizations contacted the chamber, asking if they could donate money to have benches dedicated to their loved ones and clubs.
“We didn’t have to do a whole lot of advertising,” Greene said of the popularity of the project.