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Rhode Island Eagle Scout Completes 560-hour Project Making Local Trail ADA Compliant
Edward Tupper, a Boy Scout with the Our Lady of Queen of Martyrs Troop 2, recently attained the highest rank in scouting, Eagle Scout. To do so, beyond the countless hours of learning and merit badges, Mr. Tupper was required to complete an approved service project that would help the community while reflecting the true meaning of the scout oath. Mr. Tupper selected a project to rejuvenate the Indian Rock Nature Trail behind the Leo Savoie Elementary School in Woonsocket. “I wanted to make something that would last for generations, it’s always been in the back of my mind,” Tupper said, noting that he revisited the trail for the first time last November. “When we first got here it was overgrown, and not even two-feet wide.” His goal? To not only create a usable trail, but make it usable for ALL guests, including those with disabilities. Tupper dedicated some 560 hours to the job between his own labor and that of the volunteers he gathered, creating a facility that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The trail is full of unique features, including compliant surfaces and pathways, accessible ramps and platforms, companion benches, disability parking, a sundial, bird houses and feeders, ramps, a sensory garden, new fencing and more. The Rhode Island Governor’s Commission on Disabilities was happy to provide this well-deserving Eagle Scout with ADA technical assistance for the project. Congrats Mr. Tupper!
Read the Valley Breeze article on Mr. Tupper, and see pictures of the finished project, at http://www.valleybreeze.com/2017-09-27/woonsocket-north-smithfield/eagle-scout-completes-560-hour-project-makes-trail-ada#.WeYpdWdS43G