Remove park benches, trash cans and Hawthorn trees from Legacy Garden area to repurpose site.
Sheryle Lindley, 217-391-3229
Two wooden park benches and three trash cans with wooden holders need to be removed for safety and aesthetic reasons. They are deteriorating and splintering, creating a safety hazard for anyone trying to use them. They also make the area appear neglected and unsavory, preventing the visitors from using the area. All five are mounted on metal poles sunk into concrete, necessitating ground disturbance to remove all of the materials. Two hawthorn trees are also dying and are creating a safety hazard with their long thorns. The dead branches have punctured the lawnmower tires several times. These will be removed completely, including the stumps ground out. The Legacy Garden area is being redesigned, via the park's new General Landscape Plan, to house an informal picnic area and eventually a new curatorial storage facility. There are no plans to reuse the benches or trash cans. A couple of moveable picnic tables will be added to the area, along with at least two new trash cans that will be bolted to concrete pads that will be surface-poured. Visitors will be encouraged to use the area more.