(Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

(Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Goodbye, benches

PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles Parks and Recreation Department worker Darryl Anderson, right, watches as coworker Leon Leonard uses an excavator to break up and remove a concrete pad Tuesday, March 10, 2020, that once supported a park bench along the public plaza at Port Angeles City Pier.

Old park benches are being removed from the courtyard with the spaces to be filled in and seeded with grass, returning the treed areas at the pier to a more natural state.

New benches have been installed along the walkway overlooking Port Angeles Harbor.

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