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I was volunteering for my daughter's school, and saw 4 old park benches that are in need of new slats. Western Red Cedar is widely available and weather resistant, though fairly soft for a public piece. Teak is commonly used for this sort of thing, though getting more expensive every day and sustainability may be at issue.
Yea, Trex will hold up for a while, but for the spans and thicknesses you need, its not strong enough, *especially* in the summer.

Don't know that there's any finish that will hold up for very long in the SoCal summers that I remember from running the Camp Pendleton hills. Not familiar with the other, imported hardwoods, but Ipe has been mentioned for outdoor application along with teak and some others, but the cost may be out of range. Teak, Cypress, Cedar, Redwood and Ipe are all good and don't require a finish but for the toughness required of a park bench, Ipe is probably the best bang for the buck.
This park bench is made from poly resin, a recycled HDPE plastic that prevents bacterial growth, mildew and that is easy to maintain.

I volunteered to do just that, and I'd like to know what is the best wood for something outside. I would definitely not recommend it for a bench, just because of the heat it traps, i burned my hands on the stuff we used.

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