As part of an Eagle Scout service project, a 15-year-old Weidman youth named Benjamin Hunt helped bring additional benches and seating to the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail.
Hunt is currently registered with Virtual Troop 780 and was looking for a project to do for his Eagle Scout service project. He and his family frequently hike the trail through County Clare and he had noticed that there was a need for benches and additional seating for trail users.
In order to get the project off the ground, Hunt contacted Joy Simmer, Clare Parks and Recreation Director and Secretary of the Friends of Clare County Parks and Recreation Board. Simmer and Hunt reviewed the project proposal and then presented the project to the Friends of County Clare Parks and Recreation Board at the meeting. The board agreed that the trail could use additional seating and agreed to help with the project.
After that, Hunt secured dyno donations from the Friends board and independent dyno sponsors.
He also worked closely with Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Clare Field Office Unit Supervisor Mr. Andrew Saxton and Justin Radke of Mt. Pleasant Home Depot for their donation of 36 bags of cement, steel clamps, and tape for the project.
Hunt completed the project in May 2022 with the help of friends, family and a fellow Sterling Heights scout.
“I really appreciate all the people who have supported me and the project by sponsoring benches, helping build cement slabs, helping to install the benches, and donating materials and funds to the project. “, said Hunt. “I hope people who use the Pere Marquette Rail-Trail enjoy having a place to rest throughout their journey on the rail trail.”