Boy Scout David Zepperlin came before Hawley Parks & Recreation Commission, June 27th, with an idea to make Bingham Park even better. For his Eagle Scout project, he’d like to provide a picnic table area, near the bandstand.

HAWLEY - Boy Scout David Zepperlin came before Hawley Parks & Recreation Commission, June 27th, with an idea to make Bingham Park even better. For his Eagle Scout project, he’d like to provide a picnic table area, near the bandstand.

His proposal was met with satisfaction by the Commission members present, who gave approval for Zepperlin to submit the project to the Boy Scouts for their agreement to let him proceed.  Pending requested items of information, the Commission would then decide whether to make a recommendation for approval, to the Borough Council.

The Pack 129 Scout proposed to make an area, 22 by 30 feet, which would be leveled and graded, covered with wood chips and bordered with railroad ties. The area would contain as many as six picnic tables, although the scope could be reduced to four if necessary.

Councilwoman/ Commission member Elaine Herzog, as well as others, expressed concern about how long the tables would stay put, and not carted off- even with precautionary measures the Scout proposed.  

Zepperlin said the tables would be anchored down with chains, allowing only a limited capacity to be shifted. There would also be trash containers, likewise secured in place.

The spot he suggests would be in the area close to the bandstand and restrooms, not far from the shade trees and away from the ball field. Some more trees may be needed to give enough shade.

Unless the Scout can receive help from a business that would cut the sod, he is asking if the Borough could cut the sod and level the surface. Mayor Kevin Hawk suggested that could be done.

The Scout said it should take two or three days, and about 10 scouts would be involved. The tables will come from The Home Depot. and will be water sealed.

Commission member P.J. Dougherty asked the Scout to provide a budget, a time frame, and that PA One Call is notified just in case there were any gas lines under the ground.

Zepperlin said he estimates the project will cost $1,300; he will raise donations and seek businesses to help.  Any excess funds would benefit the Parks & Rec Commission.

His scoutmaster, who is also his father named named David Zepperlin, was also present. The scoutmaster a lot of the scouts in their troop have advanced to Eagle Scout, an honor only three percent of Boy Scouts achieve. Pack 129 is based at the Paupack United Methodist Church.

Also discussed:

The Bingham Park rest rooms are not quite ready. P.J. Dougherty explained that they are waiting for the donor who will excavate the trench for the sewer connection. Parks & Rec then made plans to arrange enough portable johns for the Hawley Carnival, set July 4- July 8. Hawley Carnival continues at 6 p.m. nightly through Saturday, July 8. Proceeds benefit Hawley Borough Police and Parks & Rec. P. J. reported he was confident there would be ample electrical service on the restroom building, to serve the carnival. If not, the borough has alternatives. A letter was expected authorizing placement of a chain link fence in the portion of Riverside Park, where Heather Genzlinger proposes to start a “dog park”. The area would allow dog owners to let their canines get some exercise, with separate sections for large and small dogs. Lou Cozza, representing Kiley Associates, the borough’s engineering firm, was asked to seek an OK for the fence from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. National Night Out is set for Tuesday, August 1st. A free, community barbeque is held near the bandstand, courtesy of Borough Police and the Borough. Crime prevention information is given out. Games are planned, including a dunk tank. Mayor Kevin Hawk commented that the children love watching the people get dunked, and it’s a nice interaction between the police and the kids.

Hawley Parks & Rec meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Borough Hall.