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Bonnes Amies install playground equipment

The Bonnes Amies Club held a dedication service June 30 for playground equipment recently installed at Thomas C. Pack Jr. Park in Piedmont.

Club President Gretchen Craig was joined by members of the club, Piedmont Commissioners, Piedmont  firefighters and members of the community for the dedication.

Anderson County Councilman Bill Dees and Greenville County Councilman “Bunk” Johnson were also in attendance.

The $13,000 project was funded with money raised during the 12th annual Footbridge Festival, according to Craig.

The Bonnes Amies Club originated in 1954 and is a community service club that has been involved in numerous projects in Piedmont.

More recently they have sponsored the Piedmont Christmas parade and helped the Mother’s Club sponsor the Piedmont Tour of Homes.

They organized the first Footbridge Festival in 1990 and more than $62,000 has been generated from festivals to beautify and maintain the community and provide needed items for public use, members said.

Other projects undertaken by the group include providing bleachers for the Piedmont Ball Park, awnings at the Community Building, Rose Hill Cemetery entrance sign, commissioned mural of old Train Depot on warehouse, lawn equipment for Piedmont Fire Department, park benches on Hotel Hill and the downtown sidewalk.

Also flower containers and seasonal plants on downtown sidewalk, handrails at the Community building and parking lot, scraped and repainted the gym walls and bleachers, installed professional stage curtains in the gym, installed new front doors on the Communty building.

The groups has also made donations for Christmas lights, flags, Meals on Wheels, Boys Home of the South, Woodmont and Wren band departments, Memories Association and others.

 A dedication ceremony for the renovated Piedmont ball park was held Mar. 19.

The entire facility was renovated and now includes a new ball field, lights, walking track and concession and restroom facilities.

Other improvements at the field include new fence, water fountain, buildings and parking.

A permanent marker recognizes the facility as the Tom C. Pack, Jr. Memorial Park and designates it as the former Buchanan Field.


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