Eagle Scout Project Enhances Walking Path
A once unremarkable strip of patchy grass and weeds on the Twin Lakes Walking Path, now features a delightful mix of wildflowers and other perennials such as Monarda bee balm, Coreopsis tickseed, milkweed, ginger, Blazing Star and Irish moss.
Walkers can thank Joseph Kirby for making the path significantly more elegant. Kirby, 17 and a junior at Madeira High School, completed the landscaping last spring as part of his Eagle Scout project. “I had to get approval from Twin Lakes and troop officials,” Kirby said. “I know the residents thought that area of the path was just not very attractive. I planned out a perennial garden and flowers that were low maintenance that bloom every season.”
“Joseph took that 200-foot area and just made it blend in. He added depth and definition to the path. It makes it a softer walk,” said Jim Mayer, Executive Director of Twin Lakes. “The path is more user-friendly, more gracious. It is an asset for more than the wellness of our residents. It’s an asset for the community, since a lot of City of Montgomery residents use it as well.”
Kirby said he did plenty of research on what flowers to use, talking to residents, family and friends who were knowledgeable in landscaping. Kirby said his budget for the project was around $1,500, money he raised from donations from friends and family. For the labor, he called on his fellow scouts from Boy Scout Troop 209. “The guys from my troop helped carry in at least 80 bags of soil,” Kirby said. “We put in the soil and compost, planted and mulched. It was a big ordeal. It was fun though.”
Kirby hopes to achieve the prestigious Eagle rank later this year when a review of his project and merit badges is completed. One Eagle Scout requirement is for the scout to lead and organize a community service project.
Jim Mayer says this is the fourth Eagle Scout project that has benefited Twin Lakes. Others include landscaping a path entrance, building a shelter and benches, and placing bluebird boxes along the path. There was also a landscape art project that featured a floating raft full of flowers with self-watering wicks in one of the lakes for a summer.
Kirby takes some pride that his project will be around for residents to enjoy. “I think in coming years the perennials will really grow out and get big and really beautiful. So far, it’s started to do that. It took a lot to finish the project but it was worth it. It looks really nice now and I think it will continue to look beautiful in the future.”
Kirby confesses, while he finished the project last spring, he found it hard to stay away as the summer wound on. “I’ve visited a few times. Sometimes I’ll just go out and do a little weeding. I enjoy it. It’s really fun."