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It is in the middle of the park and it got rejected for being a business. I saddens me that this happened, and I've seen many new wayspots that are memorials that get accepted even though the person may not be extremely wide known
Even with other poi’s being accepted it you arent able to go off what has been accepted before. For memorial benches you really have to prove cultural/historical significance of who ever is on the plaque for it to get passed if it looks like an ordinary bench. As the bench itself doesnt really meet criteria requirements.
Whilst the rejection reason may be wrong, based on the information you've supplied theres absolutely no reason to accept it as a POI either.
As I have said on another thread, as harsh as it may be, memorial benches generally mean pretty much nothing to anyone except close family and friends, the community as a whole just wouldn't care and why would they as they do not know the person.
If you can prove the person was significant to the local community i.e. a web news article etc, then it may be accepted, without any such information then you're going to be out of luck.
On a side note, your title and description are sorely lacking as well. Iit appears as if you couldn't be bothered to even name the person the bench is dedicated to in either the title or description, if you didnt consider them impo rtant enough to name, why would a reviewer consider them important enough to accept as a POI