Bell Beautification Project 45 years after dedication
May 10, 2021
As part of the 1976 original dedication of Stephens Park at Scott Street and Higgins Road, a brick tower-like structure that has housed a small replica of the Liberty Bell has had a place of prominence there.
However, with age and weather taking their toll, plans are in the works to replace the structure with new materials and restore and clean the bell so it can be put back in place.
According to Mayor Brad Stephens, bricks that enclosed the bell have been breaking apart over the years. At one point recently, the bell, a replica of the national symbol in Philadelphia, PA, was removed for repair.
With nearby sidewalks and other concrete work planned for that area, the decision was made to restore the structure with a new concrete pad, bricks and a night light. The bricks will have a different color than the previous structure, said the mayor. Work is expected to take around 30 days.
Stephens Park, which serves as the epicenter of the village’s annual Christmas light display, was dedicated around the 4th of July 45 years ago.