The Jessup 21st Century Association is giving area residents the opportunity to leave their mark on Station Park.
After working with the borough to erect a popular pavilion at the park several years ago, the roughly 35-member association is now selling personalized paving stones to bolster the area around the pavilion.
“We decided we wanted to do the project with the pavers to decorate the grounds with some personalized bricks,” Jessup 21st Century Association president Genie Lupini said. “Now we are going with it full force.”
The stones will be used to either form a walkway leading to the pavilion, or encircle it.
Along with beautifying a heavily used amenity at the park, association members see the stones as an opportunity for residents to leave lasting legacies of loved ones for years to come.
“People just love seeing their family members’ names recognized because they know they’ll be part of the community forever,” Lupini said, noting that some residents have already ordered stones with “In Memory Of” or “In Honor Of” inscriptions. “The pavers are substantial enough that we won’t have to worry about people taking them out of the ground.”
According to officials, the 8-inch-by-8-inch stones will be engraved using state-of-the-art laser technology, enabling buyers to leave messages of up to six lines at 20 characters per line, including spaces. Stones cost $75 each.
For Alice Vanston, a longtime member and former vice president of the association, the stones will lend a lot to the pavilion area, which already lends a lot to the park.
“It’s just a nice setting,” she said, noting that the pavilion can be used for private parties and functions, and serves as the location for a host of 21st Century Association events — including its wine tasting, Santa Train, concerts and more. “It’s very pretty.”
About 30 people have either placed orders for stones or taken out applications. The association hopes to fulfill a contract for 100 stones by the fall.
Order forms for paving stones can be obtained at the Jessup Borough Building, 395 Lane St., and at a handful of businesses in town. Any questions can be emailed to jessup21stcentury (firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We’re just doing things for our town,” Vanston said.
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