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Boy Scout project helps clean up RHRA park
Milligan stands next to some of his work done during the project. - photo by Jessica Holhaus

Sean Milligan, a senior at Richmond Hill High School, has spent the last two months working to improve the Recreation Association grounds in Richmond Hill.

He is hoping to complete his certification as an Eagle Scout now that his final project is complete.

"I was interested in doing something to better the Rec Association," he said. "I’ve played here for the last 10 years and that influenced me to want to give something back to the community."

He worked on rebuilding bridges and creating landscaping around the grounds. He said the project included a lot of paperwork, research and man hours.

"We had 15 people helping out, including my Troop 400 as well as friends," Milligan said. "We probably put in about 150 hours of work all together."

Recreation Director Kay Green said Milligan’s efforts have saved the association a great deal of time and money.

"He saved our maintenance staff from having to do this work themselves," she said. "It was already on my list of things to do and Sean made it happen."

Specifically, Milligan’s project called for the rebuilding of five bridges and landscaping around the concession stand. Milligan works for the Plantation Lumber and Supply, who provided the bridge materials at cost and Tim and Dave’s Nursery provided the landscaping materials at cost.

"After Sean finished the project, I saw him at church the next day and I said to him, ‘Doesn’t it feel good to know you’ve done this for the community?’" Green said.

Milligan said it was a relief to have everything completed and he was happy to have been able to help. Next, his project will go before an Eagle Scout board, who will review it for Milligan’s official Eagle Scout status – the highest accreditation a Boy Scout can receive.


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