The Chagrin Falls Schools and community now have a restored walking trail thanks to Eagle Scout Joey King.
King is currently a sophomore at Chagrin Falls High School. He had presented his plan to restore the Gurney Multi-Purpose Trail for his Eagle Scout Project to the Chagrin Falls Board of Education in March 2015. However, the idea for this project came about in the fall of 2014.
King is a member of the Chagrin Falls High School Cross Country team and had the idea to restore the trail for the team to use. The trail is located on the perimeter of Gurney Elementary. Beginning in mid-July, with the help of Chagrin Falls Middle School and High School students, fellow boy scouts, local Boy Scout leaders and family, King was able to complete his Eagle Scout Project in three weeks, with an estimated 250 volunteer hours.
King and his team of volunteers worked to clear brush and debris, level the trail and add a natural fence line for the one-mile trail. The volunteers also spread mulch and gravel to several trailhead areas, and trail markers were added to make the start of the trail easily visible. The trail is approximately one mile long. It begins at the back of the Gurney field and ends by the southwest corner of Gurney’s property.
“I could not have done my project without the support from my family and friends who spent many hours helping me on the trail,” said King. “Also, my project couldn’t have been completed without the donations I received from the Chagrin Falls Dad’s Club, an anonymous donation of gravel, the Harbaugh Family, Fred and Jean King, and Paul and Jean Mitrovich.”
The goal of an Eagle Scout Project is to plan, develop and lead others in a service project that benefits an organization or the community. “It felt good to have helped the Chagrin Falls Schools on my journey to Eagle Scout,” said King. He is already hearing great news about his restored trail. The Chagrin Falls Middle School cross country team has begun using the trail for practice and may use it for a home meet.
Walkers and runners from the community have thanked King and his volunteers for restoring this trail for their use as well. “I am so proud to have made such a positive impact here in Chagrin Falls.” said King.
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