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Project Park

September 1, 2012
By Karin Elton , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - It's a win- win-win situation.

Garvin Park got some much-needed improvements at no cost, two Boy Scouts earned credit toward achieving Eagle Scouthood and the public gets to enjoy an enhanced park.

Clearing a trail to connect the upper and lower campgrounds is something that Garvin Park Manager Mark Swenson has "always wanted to do," he said, but "never really had the time."

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Sam Prorok and Garvin Park Manager Mark Swenson shake hands after the completion of Prorok’s Eagle Scout project which connected the upper and lower campgrounds with a trail, among other improvements.

Swenson was appreciative of the time and work that two area Boy Scouts from Troop 238, Sam Prorok and Troy Timmerman were willing to put in.

Sam Prorok, the son of Missy and Ron Prorok of Lynd, was looking around for projects to do to achieve his Eagle Scout designation. He turned to the Lyon County public works department because that was what his older brother, Alex, did in 2009. Alex built fences and benches at the Lyon County fairgrounds for his project.

"They said, 'We'd like a trail from the upper camps to the lower camps (at Garvin Park),'" Prorok said. Then the park board members said there was a little stream that needed a bridge, and in addition there needs to be benches to sit on.

With the help of his fellow troop members, led by Jon Hansen, his parents and other family members and Scout parents, Prorok was able to provide all that and Garvin Park now has a new quarter-mile trail, a footbridge and four benches.

The group put a total of 192 hours into the project, with Prorok putting 26 hours of work into it.

"We started in March and finished in June," he said.

Another improvement that Swenson wanted for the park is bringing back primitive camping.

"We used to have it and then it got changed to more modern camping with electricity," Swenson said. "Not everyone has big campers and pickups to pull them - they just want to camp by an open fire."

Timmerman, a MHS junior, is working on developing 12 new primitive camping spots at Garvin Park.

Swenson said the area is a "beautiful area that just wasn't getting used. We needed to enhance it. It's the perfect spot for primitive camping."

Prorok placed signs by each bench and on the bridge with his name on it and troop name.

Prorok said in years to come he'll be able to take friends, family members and maybe even his own children to walk on the path that he cleared, and on the footbridge that he measured and sit on the benches he helped to craft.

"It'll be cool to go back and show people - my friends, family and kids," Prorok said.

After a scout board review of the projects, a ceremony will take place where Prorok and Timmerman can be named Eagle Scouts.



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