Nearby residents and business owners are currently circulating a petition in opposition of the addition of benches in Equality Park.

During the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project construction and landscaping updates over the last year, benches in the park were removed.

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Local residents and business owners believe that the park has been cleaner and safer without the benches, they oppose the addition of the new benches to the park and have circulated the following petition.

Organizers of the petition hope to forward collected signatures to the City Manager and the City Council at close of business on Monday, July 11th.

The new benches for the park are expected to be delivered and put in place at Equality Park in the next couple of weeks.

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