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Local Boy Scout Seeks Volunteers for Eagle Project

Local Boy Scout Eric Hardwick, seeking his Eagle Scout, will lead the clean-up of the old Recycling Center and adjoining parts of Mercerdale Park this weekend, Aug. 20-21.

Boy Scout Troop 624 Life Scout Eric Hardwick is looking for a few good volunteers this weekend to tackle a beautification project of an old eyesore on the edge of .

Hardwick, 17, and are working together on Sat., Aug. 20 and Sun. Aug. 21 to spruce-up the old Recycling Center building and surrounding property on the northwest corner of the park. (MIYFS) and the are currently using the old Recycling Center building for storage and sorting of donated items to the thrift shop.

The senior is working with the city to find a project that benefits the community to earn his Eagle Scout — scouting's highest earned honor.

City officials want the property around the building (removing garbage and recycling) and the forested area between the Recycling Center and the skate park cleaned-up and a broken bench repaired. , responding to calls of vandalism and theft in this area.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day, and lunch and parking are provided courtesy of the Troop and local businesses. Eric said he hopes scouts from the troop, their families and anyone else willing to give a few hours of their time could help with the project, which will entail mostly "yard work". 

"Obviously you can pick which day works best for you," Eric said. "If you want to work both days, that would be fine as well."

Volunteers are asked to dress appropriately and bring gardening or work gloves, and bring gardening tools like rakes, shovels, or clippers, if possible.

The first 15 cars, courtesy of Wilson Management, can park on the east side of the  parking lot near the  with a special permit distributed by the Boy Scouts. Additional parking is available at .

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