Excess of benches gives one pause

"But when there becomes row on row of benches, their placement begins to feel more like a graveyard"

Sheri Regnier’s article “Benches honour loved ones” in the Aug. 8, Trail Times prompts me to make some comments on the benches program in Trail.

I often stop to read the plaques on the benches I pass while walking or riding my bike around town and I take a moment to think about the person or persons recognized there.  So, in general, I support the program.

But when there becomes row on row of benches, their placement begins to feel more like a graveyard and I fear that we are reaching that point in Trail.

I’d like to suggest that we need more commemorative benches (benches marking events or acknowledging groups and clubs who have contributed and are contributing to our community).  The bench at the end of the Miral Heights Trail, acknowledging Katimavik volunteers, comes to mind.

Personally, I have purchased a bench acknowledging the places and people (some are gone and some remain) who enriched my life in this community and I often stop and think about them and the events that brought us together.  Hopefully others do, too.

And the one I love most in life, I think about her, too, while we are both still alive.

Glenn Wallace

Trail

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