Casey Strong and his group of volunteers are building a 48-foot bridge near the Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden.
“We’re basically building the bridge for easy access to walk across and to get the mower across for them,” Strong says.
But Strong is also building his way toward another goal. This is his Eagle Project, something he must complete before becoming an Eagle Scout.
“I wanted to do something for Fields Pond because I’ve always had a special spot for it in my mind.”
The bridge is going over a swampy area.
“It definitely helps a lot with the pathway right here,” Strong explains. “There’s an old bridge over here. It was practically sinking in the spring, so it definitely helps access.”
And the building process has been a thorough and thoughtful one.
“There’s a lot of planning. We talked with the people at the Orono Bog Walk to sort of get a design and I talked with several civil engineers that I know to help get the framework all settled up.”
Strong says he’s already passed the 80-hour mark needed for an Eagle Project. Finally becoming an Eagle Scout will be well-deserved.
“I’ve worked on this for the past four years now so it’s nice to finally see it coming to a close.”