Boy Scouts install bridge in Hampton
By DICK JOHNSON, Of The Globe Gazette
HAMPTON — Plan A was for the Boy Scouts from Troop 120 in Hampton to help set up a wooden bridge over Squaw Creek in East Park.
Eventually they chose Plan B: a nice big steel span.
Same sweet shortcut across the creek. Same pride in accomplishment for the young men.
“I’m glad to see it go in,” said 14-year-old Quinn Wood as the new bridge — featuring grain bin flooring from Sukup Manufacturing and trusses from the old Sheffield-Chapin/Meservey-Thornton High School — was set in place Friday. “It’s pretty cool to know that I made something that people are going to use every day.”
“It sure is going to help a lot of people,” said Michael Koath, also 14.
Project planning began more than a year ago. Scouts painted the bridge last fall. They also helped with the fencing, and setting pillars and cement.
Placement was postponed in March thanks to a monster blizzard.
Finally, on sunny Friday, the 4-foot-wide, 62-foot-long, 8,000-pound green bridge was lowered by a crane operator from North Central Millwright in Hampton.
“I think it’s a terrific addition to the community,” Hampton City Councilman Craig Eckhardt said. “It’s going to benefit a lot of people.”
Such community service work helps the Scouts advance in rank. It also enhances East Park — the home of soccer fields and a nine-hole disc golf course added last year by the Hampton Noon Rotary Club.
“I think it’s great,” Scoutmaster Russell Wood said. “It shows the value of having Scouting in the community, that they’re willing to provide community service.”
Franklin County, the city of Hampton and several area businesses donated time and material for the project.
Darin Lamos, 14, hopes to add lights to the side of the bridge (and refinish a park shelter) by his 15th birthday in August as part of his Eagle Scout project.
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