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Pocket park to get metal furniture

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com 340-2395

The Decatur Beautification Board took another step toward renovating the downtown pocket park by choosing $13,700 in metal furniture.

The board picked seven 8-foot benches with backs, four 8-foot benches without backs, two ash urns and two 32-gallon waste receptacles from Leisure Line Inc. of Morrow, Ga.

The purchase of the furnishings marks the first money the board has spent on the park, which is on Second Avenue Southeast, since beginning the effort last spring.

The board secured free materials and services to make and install the steel trellis erected this winter. The board also acquired free help with fountain repair and electrical and architectural services.

Board Chairman Clint Shelton said he would order the furniture Tuesday and learn then when it can arrive. The board's goal is to have the renovation complete this spring.

Besides the furniture, the park needs lighting installed and shrubs and trees planted. The board also has discussed adding wrought iron gates to help guard against night vandalism.

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