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Eagle Scout project leads to park improvement

POSTED: October 31, 2017 12:00 p.m.
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Volunteers, including current and former Scouts of Troop 527, parents and friends, help get the bridge in place in J.F. Gregory Park, which is an Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Coleman Tate.

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Richmond Hill’s J.F. Gregory Park saw the addition earlier this month of a new bridge adjacent to the children’s playground thanks to the efforts of local Boy Scout Coleman Tate.

After considering a number of different possibilities for his Eagle Scout project, Tate decided to take on the task of moving an existing bridge to J.F. Gregory Park in an effort to provide better access to the pavilion and playground.

“I have always enjoyed going to J.F. Gregory for Scout activities and special events, and I wanted to help improve the park,” said Tate, who is a junior at Richmond Hill High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 527.

Originally built by Eagle Scout Ross Brown, the bridge had to be dismantled and relocated from Richmond Hill Methodist Church to J.F. Gregory Park. To accomplish the task, Tate organized a group of volunteers consisting of current and former Scouts from Troop 527, parents and friends.

In its new location, the bridge allows visitors to move more easily between park grounds, parking and play areas.

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