‘Betty’s Benches’ honor parks retiree



Lee’s family recently surprised the retiree by requesting that four special benches be placed in her honor along some of the beautiful trails that she was instrumental in developing during her time at GCP&T.

“Betty worked in the financial area for the Greene County Park District but was also considered the GCP&T Director Ed Dressler’s right-arm woman. She worked on grant applications and other areas critical to getting the trails built,” said Chuck Frazier, GCP&T chief ranger and operations director.

Frazier said that GCP&T has always had a Memorial/Honorary Bench Program for residents and visitors to utilize and that it has been very popular. He said that funding for is typically provided by the person requesting the memorial.

Betty’s benches are expected to be the last benches to be placed on the trails, but Frazier said there are other ways residents or visitors will be encouraged to honor or memorialize, such as trees and infrastructure within a park.

Betty’s Benches can be found along Little Miami Scenic Trail (1 North and 1 South); the Xenia-Jamestown Connector; and the Ohio to Erie Trail.

Contact this contributing writer at Erica.Harrah@woh.rr.com.


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