Black Rock District Scouts beau­tify Val­ley View Park

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - By amy Marchi­ano STAFF WRITER

VAL­LEY VIEW — The Val­ley View Park re­ceived much-needed sprucing up thanks to Boy Scouts from sev­eral troops in the area this week­end.

Fifty-two Scouts cleaned up the park as part of their Black Rock District Fall Cam­poree held at the park. The Scouts camped out at the park Fri­day and wrap up ef­forts to­day.

This is the first time Boy Scouts from the Hawk Moun­tain Coun­cil’s Black Rock District, which in­cludes all of Schuylkill County and por­tions of Berks County, im­proved the park. Par­tic­i­pat­ing were troops 621, Or­wigs­burg; 652, Klinger­stown; 662, Val­ley View; 725, Bar­nesville; 731, Ring­town; 745, Ash­land; 755, Clam­town; and 780, Gor­don.

Chuck Faust, scout­mas­ter for Troop 731 and ac­tiv­i­ties chair­man for Black Rock District, said the group was look­ing for a com­mu­nity project and liked the park.

The goal was to “in­tro­duce fun in a safe and cre­ative way.”

Five projects were done this week­end.

The Scouts put sealer on the benches in front of the stage, painted six weath­ered park benches white, cleaned out gut­ters, re­moved brush and un­clogged a drain on the prop­erty.

“It would have taken us a cou­ple years to do what they did in an af­ter­noon,” Dave Wil­liams, pres­i­dent of the Val­ley View Park As­so­ci­a­tion, said.

Trevor Ru­dacille, 15, of Or­wigs­burg, a mem­ber of Boy

Scout Troop 621, picked up leaves and de­bris from a drainage area near a spring.

“Over 100 years ago, this was an old farm and this was the spring for the farm,” Wil­liams said.

When the Scouts got there, a cou­ple inches of wa­ter and mud were on the ground. The area also had a blocked drain.

“This was just a pud­dle,” Jacob Bensinger, 15, of Schuylkill Haven, Troop 621, said.

Brush, weeds, mud and wa­ter were re­moved to im­prove that sec­tion of the park.

From left, Jeremiah Wet­zel, Jonathan Gunoskey, Jack Tharp, Kris Box­ter and Jake Hil­libush clear veg­e­ta­tion Satur­day dur­ing the Black Rock District Fall Cam­poree at Val­ley View Park, Val­ley View.

Veg­e­ta­tion was cleared from this area Satur­day by Boy Scouts who at­tended the Black Rock District Fall Cam­poree over the week­end at Val­ley View Park, Val­ley View.

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