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Auburn BenchMarks

benchmarks_logoOur beautiful benches have been tucked away for the winter, but they will be back on view in Spring 2017!

Look for all the BenchMarks in 2017 throughout the City.  Locations listed below and on the StQrylinks to external site phone app. 

BenchMarks is a City of Auburn program that showcases local community transformations of benches throughout Auburn. We invite all members of our community to sit, relax, and enjoy.


The Green River College Carpentry Departmentlinks to external site
fabricated the wooden benches.

2016 Benches

benchmarks_auburnnoonlionsBench by:  Auburn Noon Lionslinks to external site
Lead artist: Julia Wood 

Location: M Street Overpass (M and 4th Street SE)

Auburn Noon Lions is a community service organization,
welcoming all men and women in our area to join us as we live the Lions motto "We Serve."
We help individuals in need and support charity organizations through our donations and work projects.
We are serious about our mission, but it is done with a sense of fun.

Meetings: Every Tuesday Noon to 1:00 PM at Longhorn BBQlinks to external site

benchmarks_auburnparksBench by: Auburn Parks, Arts and Recreation
Location: Mill Pond Park (4582 Mill Pond Drive SE)

Celebrate nature and get outside, with this bench taken over with greenery and flowers.
benchmarks_pencilBench by: Auburn Riverside High Schoollinks to external site Auburn School District Faculty Gina Sandland and Chris Miller

Location: Roegner Park (601 Oravetz Road SE) (Bench is near the Playground)

Sit upon larger than life pencils to ponder the real meaning of art (even a handy holder for your beverage!)

benchmarks_lightBench by: Auburn Valley Creative Artslinks to external site
Lead artist: Zachary Tanner
Location: Terminal Park, 1101 D St SE, Auburn, WA 98002

This bench invites the viewer to sit in the illuminated "light" that shines down upon anyone who may sit on this bench.


ymcaBench by: Auburn  YMCAlinks to external site Teen Programs  
Location: Dorothy Bothell Park (1087 Evergreen Way SE) (Bench is near the play structure)

Participating youth at the Auburn YMCA lent a hand to create this fun bench. 


benchmarks_kiwanisafteroonBench by: Kiwanis Club of Auburnlinks to external site Afternoon
Lead artist: Mary Ellen Bowers
Location: City Hall Plaza Park (Right across from City Hall)

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.
Meetings: Each Thursday at noon at the Longhorn Barbecue
located at 635 C St. SW, Auburn, WA 98001

benchmarks_centerfortheartsBench by: Interurban Center for the Artslinks to external site
with Maple Lawn Elementary

Location: Lea Hill Park (Lea Hill Road and 124th Ave. SE)

The Interurban Center for the Arts (ICA) has a long and valued history in our communities. With 30 years of experience in arts enrichment development, the ICA serves elementary schools in seven school districts within 14 cities and helps schools bring monthly arts appreciation classes to students.
benchmarks_kiwanismorningBench by: Kiwanis Clublinks to external site Morning
Lead artist: Ronie and Jim Schwend

Location: Game Farm Park (3030 R Street SE) (Bench will be near playground)

The Auburn, Washington Kiwanis Club of the Valley is about assisting children, young adults, the aging, and the needy; improving communities; and encouraging international understanding.
Meetings: Every Wednesday at 7:00 AM
Auburn Parks & Recreation Office, 910 9th Street SE
benchmarks_mountainviewBench byAuburn Mountainview High Schoollinks to external site
Auburn School District Faculty Cary Davidson
Location: Brannon Park (1055 28th Street NE) (Bench is near the playground)
muckelshoot indian tribeBench byMuckleshoot Indian Tribelinks to external site Youth Program

Location: King County Library - Muckleshoot Branch (39917 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE)

The United States recognizes the Muckleshoot Tribe as a tribal successor to the Duwamish and Upper Puyallup bands from which the Tribe's membership descends. 

benchmarks_seeyalaterBench bySee Ya Later Foundationlinks to external site
Lead artist: John Curry

Location: Auburn Police Station (340 E. Main Street)

The "See Ya Later" Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that began out of the inspiration of a 12 year-old boy who died of cancer. Scott Banke had a zest for life and a courage that motivates the mission of the Foundation which is: Inspiring Youth ~ Encouraging Families. 


suzyFountaine_benchmarks_webBench by: Suzy Fountaine
Location: Veteran's Park (411 E Street NE) (Bench is near the playground)

Veteran's Day Parade - November 7, 2015 - Celebrating 50 Years!


morning_kiwanis_benchmarksBench by:  White River Valley Museumlinks to external site
Lead artist: Rachael McAlister
Location: White River Valley Museum

About Sandy:
Sandy has been a beloved figure in Auburn for over half a century. Originally sitting in front of Massey's supermarket on East Main Street, this ten cent ride delighted a generation of children. Sandy now resides in the White River Valley Museum and if you are not taller than her ears you can still enjoy a ride on this piece of Auburn history!

Want to learn more about Massey's?
Watch our Auburn Our Storylinks to external site, a short documentary on this super supermarket called!


Bench:  Auburn's Historic Downtown
Lead artist: Michael Taskey
Location: Sunset Park, Near Playground

benchmarksBench: Auburn Valley Humane Societylinks to external site
Location: E Main and D Street SE 

BenchmarksBench: The Auburn Food Banklinks to external site
Location: Downtown, B Street and E Main Street 

benchmarksBench: Auburn Soroptimist Clublinks to external site
Location: Les Gove Park Playground

BenchmarksBench: Pacific Ballroom Dancelinks to external site
Location: Auburn Golf Course,  29630 Green River Rd SE