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Restoring the Fern Dell Pedestrian Bridge

CATEGORY: In the News · Volunteer |
On Jun 30, 2023

 

Friends of Griffith Park constantly marvels at the number of individuals willing to pitch in to create a better, safer space for all Park users.

Earlier this year, one Eagle Scout chose as his project, repainting the historic Fern Dell Pedestrian Bridge. Several years earlier, FoGP had provided funding to restore the bridge — a massive undertaking as the center support had completely rotted through and a replacement support had to be located and brought from outside California. Over time, The bridge was again in need of TLC — minor repairs and repainting. On Saturday and Sunday, February 18th and 19th, Scout Troop 301 from Monterey Park joined Eagle Scout Aaron to conduct the necessary work. This project was planned with help from FoGP’s Volunteer Coordinator Ross Arnold and Gerry Hans, FoGP President. FoGP purchased materials, paint, stain and other supplies that were used for the project, the scouts provided the muscle, and there were parents and other adults who helped coordinate the efforts.

This Community Service Project was undertaken as part of Aaron’s requirement to achieve his Eagle Scout Award — the highest Youth Scouting Award. Additionally, he’s earned 21 merit badges and holds a leadership position in his scout troop. Aaron commented “the ability to thoroughly plan, adapt in the moment, and galvanize my peers could only be achieved through the lessons I’ve learned along the way in Scouting. To the people and visitors of Griffith Park, I hope we provided a valuable service, and to all the volunteers, thank you.”

Aaron, Scout Troop 301 and all adult coordinators achieved a superb undertaking — and once again Fern Dell visitors will be able to safely cross this well-traveled historic bridge thanks to the accomplishments of Aaron and his fellow scouts!

~Ross Arnold, FoGP Volunteer Coordinator

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