Lakesiders have done it again. The collection of plastic bottle caps to make durable outdoor benches to enhance the Lakeside experience has far exceeded expectations. It is estimated that we have already collected enough bottle caps to make three to four new benches.

Because the bottle caps have to be washed and sorted, we need to cease receiving them Monday, Aug. 1. Please turn in all bottle caps at the collection points at Bradley Temple, Cherry Park, the Underground, the Administration Building and the Shuffleboard Courts. We will not continue this project next summer, so please use your normal recycling avenues for your plastic bottle caps after Aug. 1.

We hope to have the new benches in time for the Labor Day Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 4. Thank you for supporting the children and youth of Lakeside to create more places of comfort using recycled material.