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COVENTRYâ€”The newly renovated World War I Memorial will be rededicated this Saturday and the public is invited to join.
The park was refinished after the town received funding from the historical and passive park grant program through the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM). According to Guy Lefebvre, the director at the Parks and Recreation Department, the project totaled $130,000. Under the grant program, RIDEM funded 90 percent of the project and thus, Coventry only contributed $13,000 towards the improvements.
Lefebvre explained that the memorial was first placed in the park across from Anthony Mill in 1922. Improvements began after Memorial Day of this year and were substantially completed by June 30.
â€śIt was beautifully remodeled,â€ť said Lefebvre. â€śThe park is gorgeous. [We have] received compliments from the community.â€ť
The park received a â€ścomplete facelift,â€ť he said. Renovations included new sidewalks, land, park benches, flag poles and curbs along Main Street. In addition to the elm trees, the town planted 10 new trees.
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