Concrete is a hard subject to talk about. To talk about concrete, well it is a pretty solid subject.
I am Benny Beatty and my Eagle project, if you have not guessed, involves concrete.
Concrete is a ruff subject. More specifically, to the east side of Saint John’s is a walkway. A few years ago the steps were removed and a ramp was added. That was a BIG improvement! That ramp improved pedestrian passage, met ADA requirements and essentially improved the appearance to the Saint John’s property.
However the ramp ends at a gravel path way. That gravel path way is challenging. The surface is uneven, there are small trip hazards, and the surface does not meet ADA recommendations. The gravel pathway is, in many ways, a bit of a safety issue, for pedestrians and for Church liability.
I am with Troop 711 out of Maple Valley. My Eagle project is to connect the two sidewalks on the east side of Saint John’s, to make it more handicap accessible and to make it safer for all users and finally to meet ADA requirements.
You may be thinking to yourself? How can I, as a 13 year-old scout, know so much about leading this type of project? Let me assure you, I have, as a scout, helped with three (3) other Eagle projects that involved concrete. I am familiar with area prep work, installing forms, and finally the pouring and finishing of concrete. This project involves some 47 feet by 5 feet of new walkway, or about 3 and a 1/2 yards of concrete. Total cost is around $2,000 dollars in materials.
So how do you start a concrete race? READY…….SET.
Scouts and adult leaders from Troop 711, will be assisting me with my Eagle Scout project. Further they will help with the labor, equipment and technical guidance in this Eagle project. I am asking for your support in funding this Eagle project. Below is a picture.
Any funds that are collected in excess of the cost of this project will be returned to Saint John’s. Those funds will be put into the Saint John’s Grounds Committee operational fund, where my dad serves.
So what is the difference between pavement and concrete? It’s a gray area.
Thank you for your time, support and May God bless each and every one of you and, Thank you for your support!
Respectfully and sincerely yours, Benny Beatty