Hundreds of people visit Fort Worth's Trinity Park on a beautiful weekend, and many sit on the park's benches to view the Trinity River, people, and the Texas sky.

But this Saturday, those who like to sit and ponder nature will have to keep moving.

On Saturday, April 18, 2015  members of six Fort Worth Rotary Clubs will be working in the park to refurbish benches along the river. More than 50 Rotarian men and women will be busy cleaning, scraping,and then painting the benches with a special finish designed for outdoor structures that are exposed to the Texas wind and weather.

Rotarians will gather in the parking lot at Franklin & Henderson at 9 a.m. to get started and will work until about 1 p.m.

 

The local Rotary clubs are the Fort Worth East, Fort Worth South, Fort Worth International, Fort Worth Southwest, Fort Worth Stockyards, and Western Fort Worth.

"Some of our Rotary members had noticed that the benches along the river were in disrepair and needed attention," said Jim Ervin, president of the Fort Worth Southwest Rotary Club.  "Most of the benches have been given to the City of Fort Worth in honor or memory of a loved one, so we decided that this was a project that our clubs could embrace as a service to our city and to all those who have given the benches."

This project represents the first time that a civic organization has approached the county with a request to help with an effort like this, Ervin said. The Rotary Clubs are working with the Parks and Recreation Services Department and the Tarrant Regional Water District to organize the project.

Home Depot contributed the materials for refinishing the benches, and Rotary has provided the insurance documentation to cover the event.

"As Rotarians, we love our community and are working to make a difference in the lives of our citizens," Ervin said.

Rotary International is a service organization devoted to bringing together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The organization has 34,282 clubs and more than 1.2 million members worldwide.

Fort Worth and Tarrant County have 18 club. Clubs' projects include efforts to provide services to disadvantaged people and families and to promote literacy and learning. Clubs give yearlong, strong support to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Tarrant County Food Bank,and the Fort Worth independent School District.

If you are interested in learning more about this project, or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Bill Boomer at billboomer@flash.net