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Eagle Scout makes sign for Haller Park

 

April 18, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Dean Shepherd on April 13 in front of the sign he built for Haller Park as his Eagle Scout project.

Arlington's Haller Park has a new sign to welcome guests thanks to a local teen taking on the task for his Eagle Scout project.

The sign is made from a tree that was previously in park but was removed when the new playground was put in.

"Initially I was just looking for a project in general so I sent an email out to the city to see if there were any sorts of opportunities," said Arlington High School senior Dean Shepherd.

He quickly learned of a project for Haller Park, as city officials hoped for a new sign.

"They had some reclaimed wood from an old tree from the park that had to be cut down and were looking for someone to make a sign with it," said Dean.

Dean is a lifelong resident of Arlington and said he grew up with the park.

"Going into the project I wanted to do something that was important to me and I felt that I was giving back in a way that related to me," said Dean.

"I have memories of coming to this park and doing my own things here, and I wanted to give back," he said.

Dean first looked at the wood he had to work with last August and has been working on the sign since then.

"The entire span of the project took a while," he said.

The wood was sanded down and then Dean used a router to cut out the letters "and I did all of those by hand," he said. After that he stained, painted and lacquered the sign.

In late March, Dean and a group of boys and other community members went down to Haller Park to actually put the sign up.

"We dug some holes, mixed some cement and put it in," he said.

Overall Dean said he was happy with how the project turned out.

"I was really pleased with it," he said, and he has also received positive feedback from other community members.

"I, too, thought he did a very nice job," said Rick Shepherd, Dean's father.

"This is the first time he ever routed anything, so it turned out very nice for a beginner," he said.

Dean wanted to show his appreciation for those who helped him with the project.

"Thank you to everyone who helped and pushed me to get it done when maybe I was not in the best mood to do it," he said.

"I had a lot of support and contributions, money-wise and tool-wise," he said.

Trevor Gaskin, founder and president of Arlington's Coast Construction Group, helped with many of the donated materials, such as posts and concrete, said Rick.

 

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