To the Editor:

I am 15 years old, attending McNary High School, and a member of Troop 67 of the Boy Scouts of America. Recently I have completed my Eagle project. In Bob Newton Park, a pedestrian bridge sorely needed maintenance and had been on the Keizer park department’s to-do list. For my Eagle project, I completed the maintenance and two side projects. I decided to paint the base of the bridge with a new type of paint called Restore, replace the side railing, stain the bridge, and build a retaining wall to control erosion, and spread bark mulch around the entrances of the park. These activities would not have been possible without the generous donations from local merchants.

I am very grateful to Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Bark Boys. All of which donated materials to my project. Lowe’s was very generous by donating nearly $500 worth of materials. Home Depot was very helpful to donate the Restore paint. Bark Boys was very kind to donate three yards of bark mulch. Donations were extremely important to my project.

The project also required the service of many people. Specifically, I want to thank Robert Johnson, head of the parks department, for the guidance and help in determining the scope of the project. He also helped provide signage for safety, 4x4s from broken STOP signs that we were able to recycle into the bridge, and dirt to fill in behind the retaining wall. I also want to thank Denny Muchmore for his help in cutting lumber, the use of his shed and property for pre-assembly, staining, and his help in construction. I want to thank my mom and dad for all their help as well. I am grateful for my scout leaders, fellow scouts and church members that contributed their time over four days to complete my project.

I hope the project benefits my fellow Keizerites. Perhaps it will interest others to do more in their parks. Again thank you to all those who have been a part of my project, it could have not been done without you.

Blake Gerstner
Eagle Scout candidate