- October 29, 2021
Volunteers braved the rainy and chilly weekend weather, March 12-13, to build new benches at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach.
The City received a grant of over $4,000 from Home Depot, supplying new slats and hardware to attach to the concrete bases, Flagler Beach Commissioner Ken Bryan said. An army of community volunteers worked with volunteers from Home Depot to remove old wooden bench slats and attach the new slats to about 35 concrete bases.
“There was a lot of deteriorated wood,” Bryan said. “We asked about a discount and found out Home Depot offers grants.”
“We're doing everything we can to beautify our little city.”
KEN BRYAN, Flagler Beach commissioner
Working with volunteers and applying for grants to help beautify the city is not new. Flagler Beach secured a grant last year to mount cigarette butt recycling receptacles. Volunteers have cleaned up flower beds by the pier.
“The city traditionally hasn't had a lot of money,” Bryan said. “Our grounds crew was laid off years ago due to the downturn. The result was a lot of things in the city got neglected.”
Bryan said the city has recently hired three new employees to help maintain the grounds. They are also charging $250 for people to buy nameplates for the benches that would honor veterans with their name, rank, branch of service and war if they were in one. Proceeds will go to replacing the damaged fountain in the park, Bryan said.
“We're doing everything we can to beautify our little city,” he said.