Bicycle Rest Area Lubbock

Lubbock Bicycle Rest Area, Eagle Scout Project of Connor Needham

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.

Lubbock Bike Rest Area

Connor Needham and Father (Charlie Needham)

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14 responses to “Bicycle Rest Area Lubbock

  1. Nice job done, I guess you can say you are JACK of all trades, you seem to have a hand in everything. Sorry for the pun.

    • Evangeline, You’re forgiven. I think you would have liked the lake it was near. Beautiful vistas for your talent at taking pictures. And, now you have done a fashion show which I really enjoyed seeing.

  2. Kittie Howard

    The Stonehenge design works! Love the open grassy areas, the distant vistas, actually very much like at England’s site. And, in this day and age when fat kids get fatter playing with technological gadgets, big applause for Conor’s — and the other Scouts — hard work. My hub was an Eagle Scout, probably one of his proudest achievements.

    • Kittie, Yes, they worked hard. Had fun. It misted a little, never got above 60 deg. F. Agreed on the good of getting out and exercising, hard work. They were a good group of scouts. The blended family of Connor worked well together. Lot of hot dogs consumed. Getting the Eagle was one of my proudest achievements, too.

  3. Spider

    What a fantastic project … Looks like a great job done and a lot of hard work…

  4. Spider, Thanks. They were a great bunch of scouts. And the rest area will be good for the bicyclists. No motors allowed.

  5. Kristy

    How fun, Jack! And just think… you’ll always be a part of that little rest stop for bikes there in Lubbock. I hope your teaching schedule will slow to a trickle through the summer. It’s sure to be a beautiful one. 🙂

  6. Next time I’m in Lubbock I’ll look for this. Excellent project and accomplishment!

  7. Been wanting to say Congrats to your grandson through the grandpa – so cool that he has his grandpa to share this with on many levels. His choice of an Eagle project reflects good thinking and creativity. Tell Connor that your blog friend in Albuquerque’s nephew Austin Anderson is a fellow scout completing his Eagle over here in Burque – he conducted a food drive in his expanded neighborhood last September. Amazing community around Troop # 9 over here – what wonderful support for the boys and young men in Albuquerque’s north valley.

  8. I’ll be sure and tell Connor. I think he checks in here on the blog occasionally. Congrats on your nephew, Austin. Sounds like scouts are upholding a community-village tradition: helping others without thought of money. I really enjoyed your post on your mom, as you could tell from my comment. My mother reminds me of yours, C.C.

  9. Connor Needham

    Thank you so much, Jack, for coming out and helping! It means so much to me and none of it would have been possible without the help of my family and friends. I’m very excited that you posted this on your blog and shared the experience. From one Scout to another, thank you!

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