On December 12, 2020 a bench was dedicated to the "Father of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum", Bob Russell. Bob was instrumental in obtaining the right-of- way and funds for the Townsend River Walk Trail more than 15 years ago. He created the initial signage and helped to clear the initial trail. Bob was also a Townsend Commissioner and Mayor of Townsend. We wish Bob all the best and thank him for making the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum a reality.
A second bench was dedicated to the memory of Ron Byrd, who passed away 2019. Bob was another of the pioneers that help to get the River Walk on track to become what it is today.