Beard Park's makeover a big volunteer effort

08/06/2013 7:10 AM

08/06/2013 7:10 AM

A lot of times in my job, I find myself writing about awful things happening to people: assaults, homicides, accidents.

But I also get to regularly meet people who are doing good things, big and small. Brett Dixon is one of those people.

The 14-year-old picked a park in Waterford for his Eagle Scout project. He arranged a volunteer team to remove old wooden bark from Beard Park and replace it with safer, longer-lasting material made from recycled tires, which the city obtained through a grant.

City Manager Tim Ogden said the project was a success: " There were over 60 volunteers, and over 200 man hours of work, and it looks great," he wrote in an email. "There is even left over bark for another park or two that my forces will finish off."

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