Area Eagle Scout appreciates assistance

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2004

 

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  Scouts install signs along the Unity Trail to help walkers, joggers and bikers gauge distance and speed on the path beween Kenai and Soldotna. Photo courtesy of Terrence Carls

Photos courtesy of Terrence Carlson Scouts install signs along the Unity Trail to help walkers, joggers and bikers gauge distance and speed on the path between Kenai and Soldotna.

Photo courtesy of Terrence Carls

Thanks to a lot of help, I was able to complete my Eagle Scout Project the weekend before school started.

I had heard comments from people in the community regarding the need for markers or mileage signs along the bike trail for pacing or gaging distance while exercising. That sounded like a great Eagle project.

After the "write-up" and getting official approval from everyone, we put up mile signs every half-mile along the Unity bike trail that runs beside the Kenai Spur Highway between Soldotna and Kenai. It turned out to be a lot more involved than I had anticipated, getting instructions and permission from the Department of Transportation, fund-raising, ordering signs and getting utility clearance on the exact locations of the 23 double-sided mileage signs.

It was great to have the help and cooperation of local people and businesses. The DOT supplied signposts and equipment for fastening the signs. Ron's Rent-it Center and United Rental donated the use of signpost drivers, Alaska Bolt and Chain contributed some bolts and washers for fastening signs.

Also, the cities of Kenai and Soldotna donated funds to purchase the signs. Safeway and Godfather's Pizza provided doughnuts and pizza that helped motivate all the scouts involved in the project.

 

Scouts install signs along the Unity Trail to help walkers, joggers and bikers gauge distance and speed on the path beween Kenai and Soldotna.

Photo courtesy of Terrence Carls

I also want to thank Carl High (DOT superintendent), Brian Gabriel (DOT foreman), Pete Goggia, Julie Wehrli, Ron Russell, Dr. Nels Anderson (for the "Scout Van") and my parents for helping so much.

I invited the troops in Soldotna, Sterling and Kenai. Scouts showed up from troops 151, 562 and 672. I think that everybody had fun contributing to the community and encouraging people to use the trail for exercising by giving them a way to keep track of their distance.



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