By Nancy Covert
The presence of America’s National Symbol, roosting in a treetop next to Sean Hobbs’ Eagle Scout project in late April was very appropriate. The majestic bald eagle had a grandstand view from its perch atop a tall evergreen next to Charlie’s Park, site of the work. According to birdwatchers helping with the work that morning, “the bird sat motionless the whole time.”
Hobbs, son of Dr. Curtis Hobbs and Karen Hobbs, completed a major part of his Eagle Scout project on April 23. It involved replacing nine benches, railings and doing grounds work around the small community park. Broken latticework also was re- placed, and a new “Charlie’s Park” sign was added at the park’s lower level.
Named in honor of former Steilacoom Mayor Charles Buchanan, the pocket park is located between Lafayette and Commercial Streets. It was dedicated in 1989.
Sean received the “go-ahead” for the project from the Town to do the work. About 20 volunteers, including older brother, Marc—also an Eagle Scout—assisted during a three-week period, beginning in early April.
The Town of Steilacoom donated materials for the project. More than 60 hours’ of time went into the update of this popular town thorofare.
Sean, a Steilacoom High School senior, plans to attend Western Washington University after graduation. He is the 63rd scout from Troop 51 in Lakewood to achieve the Eagle