Earlier this season, Imlay City Eagle Scout Colin Heeke made a big upgrade to the Polly Ann Trail by building and installing benches near the trailhead at Fourth Street in Imlay City. Colin, a runner, came up with the idea as he took to the trails in other communities, noticing that there was a definite lack of places to stop and rest along the Polly Ann.
His project came to fruition through the hard work—from himself and fellow scouts—and the generosity of sponsors and individuals who believed in Colin’s venture. Today, all who enjoy the natural beauty of the Polly Ann also enjoy Colin’s handiwork and dedication to community.
Once again an aspiring Eagle Scout hopes to improve the community in which he lives while earning the highest designation in scouting.
Shawn VandenBerghe will present a proposal to Lapeer County Commissioners that includes replacing decades old equipment at Dryden’s beautiful General Squier Park, and upgrading the park with a new border box, swing set and more.
It’s a huge undertaking for VandenBerghe’s Eagle Scout project, not to mention an outstanding renewal for the picturesque park that is known as a true gem in the community. In order to accomplish his goal, VandenBerghe hopes to raise at least $10,000 toward the goal. Whether its cash donations, or donations of materials needed to accomplish the goal, VandenBerghe welcomes any and all help from individual and business sponsorships.
The Tri-City area has, time and again, proven its generosity when it comes to supporting youths in a wide variety of endeavors, and has always demonstrated its benevolence toward community improvement projects. This is likely no exception. To donate funds or materials to VandenBerghe’s park project, contact the Lapeer County Parks Department at 810-245-4794.
It’s a win-win situation when Scouts focus on the community for their projects, badges and service-learning aspirations, and when the community supports the Scouts.