The Twin Lakes Walking Path was once an unremarkable strip of patchy grass and weeds. Now it features a delightful mix of wildflowers and other perennials. Walkers can thank Joseph Kirby for making the path significantly more elegant.
Kirby, 17 a junior at Madeira High School, completed the landscaping as part of his Eagle Scout project. “First 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. So I planned out a perennial garden and flowers that were low maintenance that bloom every season.”
Improvements Benefit Community
“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 walking 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.”
Team Work Gets the Job Done
Kirby said he did plenty of research on what flowers to use, talking to residents, family and friends who were knowledgeable in landscaping. His budget for the project was around $1,500. He raised 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 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. It looks really nice now and I think it will continue to look beautiful in the future.”
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.