Ea­gle Scout project im­proves vis­i­tor ameni­ties

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

MALVERN >> It’s now a lot eas­ier to walk the grounds at His­toric Sugartown thanks to Ea­gle Scout can­di­date Kyle Zalkind of New­town Square. Zalkind built a new path­way lead­ing from the corner of Sugartown and Spring Road over to the his­toric build­ings that make up the South­west por­tion of the 19th-cen­tury vil­lage of Sugartown.

Zalkind sought to im­prove His­toric Sugartown’s vis­i­tor ameni­ties and public safety by build­ing the path­way so that vis­i­tors no longer had to walk through the grass or along busy Spring Road. He raised the nec­es­sary funds and led his troop in the path’s in­stal­la­tion.

“Be­fore Kyle’s project, we wor­ried about our vis­i­tors as they ei­ther walked on the busy street, or could trip on the un­even ground,” said Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Heather Reif­fer. “We hope that Kyle’s project will en­hance how the com­mu­nity en­joys the vil­lage.”

Zalkind is a mem­ber of Malvern Troop 7 and a se­nior at Great Val­ley High School. He hopes to at­tend ei­ther West Ch­ester Uni­ver­sity or Ap­palachian State Uni­ver­sity when he grad­u­ates in 2017.

His­toric Sugartown, Inc. in­spires the com­mu­nity to en­gage with the past through au­then­tic 19th-cen­tury ex­pe­ri­ences, par­tic­i­pate in the vil­lage’s present life and pro­tect it for the fu­ture. His­toric Sugartown stew­ards 9.2 acres of land and nine his­toric struc­tures, in­clud­ing 4.2 acres of open space un­der con­ser­va­tion ease­ment with Wil­lis­town Con­ser­va­tion Trust. His­toric Sugartown’s Car­riage Mu­seum in­ter­prets Ch­ester County’s rich trans­porta­tion her­itage through a rare col­lec­tion of his­toric car­riages and sleighs in part­ner­ship with Ch­ester County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. His­toric Sugartown is open for guided tours on Satur­days, 11 am – 4 pm and Sun­days, 1 – 4 pm from May through the 1st week­end in De­cem­ber. Tour ad­mis­sion: $5 Adults, $4 Se­niors (60+ yrs), $3 Chil­dren (3 – 17 yrs). Chil­dren ages 2 and younger ad­mit­ted free. For week­end tours, en­ter 273 Boot Road, Malvern, PA, into your GPS to bring you di­rectly to His­toric Sugartown’s vis­i­tor park­ing. School and group tours are also avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit His­toricSu­gar­town.org, or like us on Face­Book.

Kyle Zalkind of New­town Square helped im­prove pedes­trian safety at His­toric Sugartown for his Ea­gle Scout project.

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