FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Eagle Scout Project is now Eagle’s View Park
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Kay Kammer, Director of Finance & Administration/City Clerk
Ridgefield, WA, April 22, 2009 – Ian Boyle, a 14-year old Ridgefield resident working on his Eagle Scout rank, recently collaborated with Mayor Ron Onslow in the design and construction of a new park on a vacant lot at the end of South Main Avenue in Ridgefield, Washington.
The one-quarter acre park, which boasts spectacular views of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, provides the public with benches and a picnic area. What was once a community eyesore now provides a wonderful place to enjoy a meal, view the Wildlife Refuge or just relax and take pleasure in a beautiful sunset.
Ian recommended that the park be named Eagle's View Park stating he watched eagles flying overhead while he worked on the park, as well as citing his completion of the project in assisting him obtain his Eagle Scout rank. Both the Ridgefield Parks Board and the City Council agreed that Ian's proposal was appropriate and officially approved the name at the regular City Council meeting on March 26, 2009.
To earn the Eagle Scout designation, a young man must plan, organize, and direct a project of significant value to demonstrate leadership qualities. They are expected to be in charge of their project and the project should be a reflection of their goals and abilities. The project may benefit their community, school, church, civic group, or similar, but may not benefit a Scouting group.
The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 20,000 persons with an employment base of over 13,000 jobs. The City has adopted a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Finance and Administration, the Community Development Director, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible.