Benches, signs hallmarks of Eagle Scout project at Rogers Park in Forest Grove

Rogers Park in Forest Grove has a few new additions, courtesy of Michael Nicholas of Boy Scout Troop 213.

Nicholas, with the aid of his troop and local businesses, has completed the construction of benches and signs in the park, located in Old Town. He is a student at Hillsboro's Century High School.

Three high schools from three different school districts were a part of the project. The aluminum and vinyl signs were designed and created with the help of Tim Morley from Century High School. Under Morley’s supervision, Nicholas and a handful of boys spent part of their spring break at the school creating, picking and placing the wording and art work needed to create the signage.

Frames for the signs were fabricated with the help of some Sherwood High School Eagles Scouts in their wood shop, supervised by woods teacher John Niebergall, also an Eagle Scout. A local businessman, Dave Leach, assisted by routing out the posts and back boards of the signs. The metal brackets designed to hold the sign were drilled at Forest Grove High School in the metal shop under the supervision of Jami Duyck.

The benches were built over several days by both boys and adults from the troop. Even Nicholas’s grandfather, an Oregon City resident, traveled to Washington County to help with the assembly.  

Most of the materials costs were offset by local business, including Parr Lumber, Williams Fuel & Supply, Paul Lewis Concrete and Permapost Products.

The signs located at the base of two topped White Oaks contain factual information about the two different woodpeckers that frequent the park. The benches were sited around two sand boxes located in the park's northern section.

Since completing the project, Nicholas has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. To reach Eagle rank, a Scout must complete 21 merit badges, demonstrate local leadership, participate in numerous service projects (including his own) and participate in a board of review at the district level. Nicholas clocked more than 200 hours of service for the community of Forest Grove before completing his project.

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