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Walking Tour Scheduled for Lower Providence Parks and Recreation

Members of the board will tour the township’s parks system to identify potential capital and Eagle Scout projects.

The Lower Providence Parks and Recreation Board, at its Jan. 7 meeting, discussed plans for its annual park tour.

According to Karl Lukens, township Parks and Recreation director, the tour will involve an inspection of the township’s parks, which would provide ideas for potential capital projects.

Such projects include the construction of picnic tables, amenities for athletic fields or park aesthetic construction, such as bird houses. Lukens noted that there exists capital projects as identified the previous year. Some of those projects have been completed by either department staff or by local Boy Scouts working with the township in order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

According to the Boy Scouts of America website, part of achieving the Eagle Scout rank, requires a candidate to plan, develop and lead a service project that would benefit a religious institution, school or the Scout’s community.

During the meeting, Lukens explained that Scouts interested in helping their community often do so by working with the Parks and Recreation Department. Oftentimes then, Parks and Recreation projects may become Eagle Scout projects, as was the case with the recent construction of the post and rail fence at ARA Baseball Field by Eagle Scout Nicholas Mazza of Audubon Troop 313.

Lukens said, during the meeting, that the Parks and Recreation Department is willing to help Eagle Scout candidates with their projects.

According to Parks and Recreation board vice-chair Beth Ann Mazza (Nicholas’ mother), Boy Scout Troop 313 has a large number of pending Eagle Scout candidates this year. Other local troops are also expected to produce Eagle Scout candidates this year.

Mazza pointed out that the Eagle Scout candidates could also help the township with its community events, such as developing a project around the annual Fall Fest event.

The Parks and Recreation board is expected to take its park tour on the early afternoon of April 7.

Amy Hasselman January 10, 2013 at 03:33 PM
How about including Girl Scout Silver & Gold award projects? Contact Girl Scouts of Eastern PA to find out what the girls can also do to help you with these projects. These awards are very much like BSA Eagle Scout awards.
Gerry Dungan January 10, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Hi Amy, thanks very much for the suggestion! I would be happy to find out more about the Girl Scout Scout Silver and Gold award project for a future article on Patch. - In addition to the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, if there are local Girl Scouts out there that could tell me more about the award, please feel free to contact me at gerrydungan@patch.com.

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