Aspiring Eagle Scout brings water to Cascade Park’s Taylor Forest
“We have water,” loudly rang out on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 24 as volunteers gathered in anticipation around a newly installed faucet at Cascade Park, located in Arlington, Wash. Running water was finally what Jonathan Foley, age 14, wanted to see as this meant the completion of his Boy Scout Eagle Project.
Foley, a Lake Stevens resident, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 185. His service project consisted of digging a 500 ft. trench, laying water pipe, and installing a faucet at Cascade Park, a park owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Foley commented, “I wanted to choose a project that would really make a difference. Almost every campsite at Cascade Park has had some kind of upgrade in recent years, however a few remain unchanged, one of them being Taylor Forest. After this there will be water for the people in Taylor Forest to use and their camping experience will be that much more enjoyable.”
Before the project’s completion, campers using both the climbing wall and ropes course had to either carry in their own water or hike back down the hill to the nearest water source.
“It will be such a nice convenience to have water, especially on site during hot weather,” Sister Brennan, one of the park’s Service Missionaries remarked.
Jonathan Katz, Multi-Stake Recreation Properties Director, echoed the sentiment. “The work accomplished will bless so many for years to come. Those using the ropes course will be so grateful there is water close by now,” he said.
Like all aspiring Eagle Scouts, Foley was required to coordinate and lead a team of volunteers. Thirty-eight individuals ranging from family, friends and Scout members worked tirelessly in the unusually hot, September sun both Friday and Saturday. Nearly 300 hours were given in service to see the project finalized.
“I am very grateful to everyone that came out and helped me,” Foley stated. “I owe so many a huge thanks.”
Thanks to Westside Windows, H.D. Fowler Company of Marysville, Home Depot of Snohomish, Rex’s Rentals, Special Interest Auto Body, Little Caesars Pizza of Marysville, Arlington Hardware, and Ray Windes for helping with donations to complete this Eagle Project.