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Gazebo renovation set for park

| Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The next phase of an overhaul of Trafford Veterans Memorial Park will transform the existing gazebo into more of a chapel setting.

A volunteer committee commissioned by Trafford Council plans to raise about $12,000 to complete this stage in time for the borough's commemoration of Memorial Day in May, said Mayor Rey Peduzzi, president of the committee.

Borough officials held a rededication of the park this past Memorial Day. The main aspects of the project included a restoration of aging monuments and the installation of a new one related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, memorial benches and trees, an improved layout of the park and new landscaping.

From March 2011 through October 2013, the committee collected $75,183 in cash donations and about $14,000 worth of equipment and materials, Peduzzi said. Volunteers contributed about 1,500 hours to perform the labor, he said.

“It's been a very enlightening, educating experience,” Peduzzi said. “(There was) a lot of compassion that people expressed in remembering the veterans, those who served and those who gave their lives.”

The previous donations helped the committee to put a new roof on the gazebo and pay for new paint on the floor and railings, Peduzzi said.

This fundraising phase will pay for plaques honoring the service branches and the fallen and missing service members from the Trafford area, more memorial benches and a rehabilitation of the gazebo foundation.

Committee members are planning a “night at the races” fundraiser in the Manchester Room on March 22 to help the fundraising drive.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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