By Nancy Covert
After the last shovelful of cedar bark had been spread on the trail site, a group of Steilacoom Boy Scouts from Troop 71, especially Daniel Boyle—soon to be an Eagle Scout—breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Completion of an approximately 657 ft. long bark-covered path behind the Community Center was Boyle’s Eagle Scout Project, done over two March weekends. (March 19, 26).
Project planning, Boyle said, began in September and involved Public Works Director Mark Burlingame and Parks supervisor Rick Creger.
The final work was done, he added, “at no cost to the Scouts.” The Town provided 40 cu. yards of bark, concrete, and signage. Scouts and other volunteers invested 168 hours of time, clearing brush and spreading cedar chips along the woodland route. Boyle’s contribution was “31 hours, 25 minutes.”
The son of Kathryn and William Boyle, Daniel is a freshman at Steilacoom High School. After graduation he hopes to attend either West Point or the University of Washington.