BSA Troop 696’s Michell Sharp earns Eagle Scout for Genoa project
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Genoa Township Parks Manager Ron Keil said he’s excited about Eagle Scout projects that are enhancing township parks.
During last Thursday’s (October 18) Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting, Keil especially noted a new seating area at the Genoa Township Community Gardens designed and constructed by BSA Troop 696 member Mitchell Sharp.
The community gardens are located on the east side of Worthington Road across from the entrance to Sheffield Park subdivision in Worthington Road Park. The site’s 50 plots, available to township residents for a modest donation, vary in size and include raised beds for seniors and residents with disabilities that make stooping difficult.
The Genoa Community Gardens have become popular not only as a gardening site, but also as a place where members of the community socialize. Keil said the new seating area is a welcome addition to the gardens, providing a place for residents to sit and chat after laboring in their garden plots.
“Mitchell Sharp’s Eagle Scout project will provide an attractive area for Genoa Township gardeners to rest and enjoy lunch or a chance to discuss planting techniques,” Keil told the trustees. “The structure took four hours to complete. The cost was $351 and the labor was donated as part of the Eagle Scout requirements.”
Keil said he was at the gardens recently while residents were cleaning their plots for the winter months.
“Our gardeners asked me to express their thanks to the board for supporting the community gardens,” Keil said. “Also, the township is already taking reservations for garden plots for next year.”
For additional information about the Genoa Township Community Gardens and how to reserve a plot for 2013 go to < genoatwp.com > Community > Parks > Community Gardens >.