BENCH DEDICATION PROGRAM
We had to temporarily remove the boardwalk benches so that we can complete the boardwalk re-decking project. The benches being removed in Phase I are:
North end: 27th – 15th to be completed by May 2022
South end: Inlet to Ripley’s by November 21.
Phase II will begin at the end of the season next fall of 2022.
All benches will be placed back in their original locations upon completion of the re-decking. We appreciate your patience while we are making things better for everyone and you’ll be able to sit on your favorite bench again real soon.
The Town of Ocean City, MD began its Bench Dedication Program in 2004. In 2016 we placed the last order of new benches on the boardwalk adding to the grand total of nearly 1,000 benches.
HOW CAN I GET A BENCH?
At this time there are no plans by the City in purchasing any additional benches or expanding the program any further.
Each bench owner has several options at the end of their term (the term is 10 years- which is how long we estimate the bench will last before having to restore).
They can pay to restore their bench remaining in the program at their current place of choice.
They can take their bench with them, putting it in their backyard/front porch.
They can donate it back to the Town of Ocean City, which we will then take possession of it, have it broken down and completely restored to new condition. The bench would then become available to someone who is currently on our wait list.
As explained in the above section #3, when a bench is donated (we only get on average about 5-7 benches a year) those people who have submitted their information will then be contacted to see if they’re interested in that location.
HOW LONG IS THE WAIT?
It all depends on the location of the bench that has been donated by the owner and those who are waiting on that location before you.
CAN I PUT THE BENCH ANYWHERE ON THE BOARDWALK?
No. Unfortunately we have a limited number of benches that become available and those benches will eventually go back to that original location. If there’s someone interested in that location, then we will reach out to them to see if they’re still interested in joining the program and becoming an owner.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Cost of owning a bench is $2,500. The bench comes with a 10 year term under which, at the time you sign your agreement with the City, we agree to maintain and upkeep the bench during this time. This means replacing slats when they become cracked, peeling paint, unusual wear, scratches etc… As you know and are aware- nothing lasts forever especially here at the beach. Salt water, Sand, Wind, Humidity, Hurricanes & Nor’easters, and visitor wear and tear – all play a part on how the bench will age.