The City of York and Downtown Inc unveiled improvements to Cherry Lane Park through the city’s Angel of the Park program Monday. New benches have
The City of York and Downtown Inc unveiled improvements to Cherry Lane Park through the city's Angel of the Park program Monday. New benches have been installed, and fresh plants have been placed in the flower beds. (John A. Pavoncello — jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

Downtown Inc, a local artist and an anonymous donor partnered to improve a downtown "pocket park."

The partners spent about $10,000 to create and install new benches and landscaping at Cherry Lane near the first block of West Market Street, said Sonia Huntzinger, Downtown Inc's executive director.

Patrick Sells, co-owner of Salvaging Creativity, said he built the benches from local mulberry wood and recycled industrial materials.

"It's pretty cool to be in a city where you can really make an impact," Sells said.

Huntzinger said plans are in the works to extend the improvements to the section of Cherry Lane closer to Central Market.

York City Mayor Kim Bracey said Downtown Inc has agreed to become Cherry Lane's "Angel of the Park."

The Angel program started in 2003 under Mayor John Brenner, who sought individuals and businesses to help the city maintain its 26 parks.

"Since then we've had a lot of great partners come forward to be angels as well," Bracey said.

Bracey encouraged other people to step forward to help.

Ten parks are currently sponsored by angels.

"There is more than enough to go around," she said. "Give us a call."

— Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.