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SEPTA Reaches 'Bench Mark' With Community Project

The completion of a simple - but significant - community project in Northeast Philadelphia was marked with a ribbon cutting by SEPTA officials and others who made it happen.

A new bench provided by SEPTA anchors a revitalized Northwood Veterans Memorial Park, situated on a bustling corner at Bridge Street and Oxford Avenue. The park is also a busy stop along SEPTA's Route 59 Trackless Trolley Line.

To round out the effort, volunteers cleaned up the park and re-painted the silver flag pole, which rises up behind the new, brilliant-blue bench installed by SEPTA. And while it may just be one bench, it serves many purposes.

Placed in front of the memorial, the bench is in perfect position for those who want to take a moment to honor war veterans. It's also conveniently located for those who need a break from shopping at nearby stores, and for SEPTA customers waiting to catch the 59.

None of this would have been possible without the efforts of neighborhood activist Hannah McNamee. She sought out the help of local officials such as Pa. Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, whose office faces the park, and SEPTA, which was happy to provide the bench.

"This little park is now a neighborhood jewel," McNamee said, shortly after the bench was officially unveiled during a ceremony on Friday, May 7th. "We're extremely grateful for everything SEPTA has done, and we'll continue to do our part to keep the park clean."

SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey praised McNamee's efforts on behalf of her community - and also thanked her for being a loyal SEPTA customer. McNamee has been a SEPTA rider for over 30 years.

From Left: Pa. Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione; SEPTA Constituent and Community Relations Coordinator Rochelle Culbreath; SEPTA GM Joseph M. Casey; SEPTA Deputy Director of Engineering, Maitenance and Cosntruction, Edward Wallace; Community Leaders Hannah and John McNamee; Fran Kelly, SEPTA's AGM of Public and Government Affairs.

The Veterans Memorial at Northwood Park.

Officials and community leaders celebrate at the park.