Whiting bench program adds personal touch

2014-04-06T19:15:00Z 2014-04-07T07:07:05Z Whiting bench program adds personal touchPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 06, 2014 7:15 pm  • 

WHITING | The 42 benches along the new Whiting Lakefront Promenade will offer not only a resting place with an enjoyable view, but also a walk down memory lane.

For a $500 fee, a personalized plaque can be added to one of the benches.

"It just gives the community an opportunity to recognize, remember or pay tribute to someone or some organization," said Bob Kark, director of economic development.

Whether it be for a deceased loved one, a graduating class or some other intention, the plaques have been a popular item since going on sale last month.

Kark said 18 of the 42 spaces were purchased as of March 31.

Applications on which an individual can indicate how he or she would like the plaque to read are available at City Hall or at www.whitingindiana.com.

While a specific bench location cannot be guaranteed, Kark called the views from each of the benches "exquisite."

Money generated through the sale of the plaques will be used for landscaping around the promenade area.

Mayor Joe Stahura said there have been a lot of requests over a period of time to add something to the Lakefront Park that would allow a way to commemorate deceased family members.

"Whiting's kind of a very sentimental and loyal community," Stahura said.

He said the commemorative benches provide individuals with a way to have some ownership in the park.

"A lot of people grew up out there, and a lot of people were involved in that park in a lot of different ways," Stahura said.

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