I came up to Lubbock, Texas, yesterday, to assist my grandson, Connor Needham, in constructing a bicycle rest area out at a recreation lake near the east loop. He seeks to attain the Eagle Scout rank and it was his project to gather scouts and family to build the rest area.
By my count, there were ten adults and ten scouts for the construction that began at 9:00 a.m. this morning and ended at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Connor composed the construction plans–a notebook-size description–and persuaded the the Lubbock City Government to level the ground for the site. The weather during the day remained cool, in the 60s F., and hot dogs and cold drinks were consumed in great quantities during the middle of the day.
An Eagle Scout from the Goliad Council who goes to school in Lubbock dropped by to give considerable assistance to the effort.
The family and scout effort succeeded. I remember my own Eagle Scout project to clean out and restore the Coggin Park Pond in Brownwood, Texas. Connor’s and my project taught us to think outside ourselves for a greater good, beyond self.
The bicycle rest area is at the head of a series of bike trails about the lake. As you can see from the photograph, not only is it functional, but also artful–note the Stonehenge design.