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A Natural Playground for Flaming Prairie Park October 1, 2009

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Events, Louisa County, Morning Sun, Nature, People, Wapello.
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Scout and boulder

Future Eagle Scout and Boulder

What do you get when you add 15 scouts and their parents to several tons of rock and a downed tree?  A new, natural playground for Flaming Prairie Park, that’s what!

This past Saturday was Extreme Makeover Day for Louisa County’s Flaming Prairie Park. A big part of the makeover was a new playground constructed of dirt, boulders, logs, and pea gravel. My son, one of the scouts, led the crew that built it.

I had seen an announcement about the makeover in the Naturally Louisa Newsletter and mentioned it to my son as a possible opportunity for his Eagle project.  After a short meeting at the county conservation office, he decided to adopt the playground as his project. The conservation office would provide the materials and Tim would recruit and lead the construction crew.

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Tim's Crew

Tim’s crew came from Troop 67 out of Morning Sun and from Venture Crew 007 sponsored by the Wapello Kiwanis.  Twenty-two people worked from 9:00 until 2:00, making a hill, moving  boulders and logs, digging holes, and spreading pea gravel and sand.

Setting Logs for Step-Upons

Setting Logs for Step-Upons

As you can see, the result was a fun place for kids to climb and play.

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Boulders and Logs for Climbing and Balance

Other crews painted, cleared brush, opened a path to the marsh and replaced the barriers that defined the parking area.  Some electrical work and an observation area for the marsh still need to be completed.  Most of that work will be done by professionals.

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1. Grandpa amd Lyynette - October 1, 2009

This looks like it was a good project for Tim as well as a real contribution to the community. It must have taken a great deal of planning and time but many children will enjoy and use it. Great job,
Tim.

2. Kent - October 2, 2009

Congratulations to Tim, and to Carol and Chris for raising an Eagle Scout.

3. Wapello Warbler - October 2, 2009

Thanks for your comments. I’ll pass them on to Tim.

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