Boy Scout Proposes Building Venue in Association Park
The project is part of a community service project while working towards the Eagle Scout rank.
Hightstown resident Ryan Lanphear offered to build a venue for events in Association Park as part of his community service project to become an Eagle Scout.
Lanphear presented a proposal to the Borough Council Monday for a venue, which could be a gazebo, bandstand or pavilion, but would ultimately serve as a place to hold events and concerts in the park, Lanphear said.
“I’m really open to any suggestions, I’m really trying to do what the town wants, not what I want,” Lanphear said during his presentation.
This project would not only help him achieve the Eagle Scout rank, but also benefit the Borough, Lanphear said. He would have to secure all of the funding for the project through fundraisers and donations, and it would be no cost to the Borough.
Mayor Steven Kirson said the proposal was a “good start” and the council praised Lanphear's efforts. Councilwoman Isabel McGinty suggested speaking with the Environmental Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission as the next steps.
Lanphear said his goal is to start building in the spring and will use the upcoming months to iron out the project and get all necessary approvals.
“To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills,” the National Eagle Scout Association's website said. Only about five percent of all Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank.