Eagle Scout Projects Enhance
Fox Island Community Spaces
|This summer has been a busy one for
Fox Island's Troop 27 Boy
Senior Patrol Leader Matthew W. recently completed his
Eagle Project by adding a new
trail connecting the Fox Island Sandspit to the upper parking lot.
This re-routes foot traffic from the parking lot out of the
street on Island Blvd. through the woods, making for a safer and
shorter route to the park gate area.
|Mason Y. extended the irrigation system for the
Community Garden this summer, for his Eagle Scout project.
With the expansion of the garden by
over 50% as a result of another Troop 27 Eagle project, the existing
irrigation system was inadequate to serve the new garden plots.
Mason extended the existing water line, and added three new
faucets, allowing for more sprinklers and hoses to run concurrently.
C. took on another of three Eagle Projects this summer at the
Fox Island Sandspit, enhancing and re-routing the trail from the Demolay
clubhouse area to the beach.
The old trail followed a straight,
downhill path, which became muddy and slippery in the winter.
The new trail has added switchbacks, making the slope more gentle
and less slippery.
|Jarrett S. completed the Sandspit trail expansion project by clearing
out some overgrown beach area near the end of Ian's trail, and built
two picnic tables for the Fox Island Sandspit.
The area was
previously overrun by blackberries, and had taken over more than
half of the lawn area near the Southwest corner of the park.
The new tables compliment the other
tables built in 2012 by Spencer
G., also of Troop 27.
|The Troop 27 Scouts wrapped up the summer projects with a
landscaping project at the Fox Island Post Office.
strip in front of the Post Office had become overgrown and
unmanageable, so the Postmaster asked the Scouts if they could clear
out the brush and weeds, and get some mulch in place to prevent them
from growing back.
The project was completed in two weekends, with
volunteers and parents from Troop 27.
Fox Island Deli To Add New Pub
Store owner Dwayne Herzog is building his 'last gift to Fox Island', a much
needed public gathering place, where residents can sip wine, have a beer,
and a snack while listening to piped-in music, and enjoying the bubbling
fountains and waterfalls in the newest addition to the Store & Deli complex.
The facility will feature two stories of covered, family friendly
restaurant/pub space, with two outdoor fire pit/fountains and a gazebo.
Herzog said he expects the facility to be completed around Memorial Day,
with opportunities to rent it for private parties for wedding receptions,
and other functions.
Two 'Flaming Fountain' fire pits are the centerpiece of the new Fox Island
The second story features an open-air deck, overlooking the wine garden.
A gazebo will provide a space for musicians to entertain guests.
Troop 27 Eagle Candidate Builds Community Garden Expansion
Ian attaches the deer screen to a fence post, putting the
finishing touches on his Eagle Scout service project.
|Scouts from Fox Island's Troop 27, led by Eagle
Scout Ian Nation, recently built a new deer fence
to expand the footprint of the
The expansion adds an additional 45'
x 70' plot to the popular garden, which provides gardening
space for Island residents who do not have sufficient space
in their own yards for gardening.
DNR Removing Fox Island Ferry Landing
The old Fox Island Ferry landing is in the last stages of
removal, at the corner of 9th & Fox Drive. Contractors working
for the Department of Natural Resources are removing the creosote
pilings that once made up the old ferry dock that brought cars to &
from Fox Island during the 1920's, 1930's, 1940's and 1950's before the
bridge was built in 1954.
In the photo at right, taken in 1999, you can see the pilings and
ramp that have been removed.
The DNR has embarked on a program to remove creosote pilings from
Puget Sound shorelines. The project should be completed by
Colin Rivera Makes Eagle!
Colin Rivera, Troop 27's
twelfth Eagle Scout, passed
his board of review on August 12, 2013. He is the first Scout in Troop 27 to
complete his Eagle Scout requirements in 2013.
His Eagle Scout project consisted of building raised bed
garden boxes for the Fox Island Community Garden.
On August 12, 2013, Colin
Gregory Rivera became the 12th Eagle Scout in Fox Island
Troop 27's short history. Only in its sixth year, the Troop
has produced twelve Eagles, averaging two a year. The
national average for Scouts to reach Eagle is only 5%,
however 23% of the 53 boys who have been members of Troop 27
over the past 6 years have reached Eagle so far, and they
aren't done yet. No less than eight more Life Scouts are
poised to reach Eagle over the coming 12 months.
Rivera joined Troop 27 in April, 2010, during the 100 year
anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, and received the
centennial edition of the Arrow of Light award, Cub
Scouting's highest honor. Crossing a rope "Monkey Bridge" as
part of the rite of passage from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts,
he was among a group of new Scouts that swelled Troop 27's
membership, nearly doubling it in size. He went on to enjoy
campouts, hikes, building snow caves, going to summer camp
and other activities during his climb to Eagle. His trip to
the 2013 National Jamboree at "The Summit" in West Virginia
was the peak of his Scouting adventures, where he joined
40,000 other Scouts from all around the US and foreign
countries to celebrate the grand opening of the BSA's newest
high adventure base.
Scouting has had a positive effect on Rivera. In his own
words: "I have become more responsible. I used the skills I
learned in scouts in all areas of my life like caring for my
dog Eko, learning to meet deadlines in school and having to
take responsibility for my own learning".
For Rivera's Eagle Service project, he collaborated with
members of the Fox Island Community Garden, formerly known
as the "Fox Island Pea Patch", where he constructed six new
raised bed planter boxes. The Garden is used by Fox
Islanders with limited gardening space, to grow vegetables,
fruits and berries. He completed his project in the Spring
of 2013, just in time for the planting season. Claudia
Gustafson of the Gardening group, commented that the boxes
were warmly received by the gardeners, and produced a bumper
crop of produce in the summer months of 2013. Some of the
produce grown in the garden is donated to local food banks.
Fox Island Sandspit Update
The Sandspit is now open to the
Visitors are encouraged to respect the privacy of neighbors, carry
out dog droppings and trash, and park in designated areas.
Continued public use of the property is dependent upon good
stewardship by the public, so please keep this area open by doing
your part to keep the sandspit clean and safe.
Troop 27 Boy Scouts and
Venturers are currently
working on trail improvements, brush removal and cleanup of the property and
storage buildings. Several Eagle Scout projects have been
underway at the spit recently, adding picnic tables, park benches
a new staircase to the beach, and other improvements.
Scouts from Venture Crew 27 removed moss from the roof of the old
Demolay Clubhouse building recently.
About 50 people attended the PenMet Parks Board meeting on August 20th,
where they took feedback from the public regarding the
closure, and future plans for use of the property. Virtually
everyone present was supportive of keeping the spit open to the
public, except for one person.
PenMet Board member Todd Iversen
made a motion to spend money to install improved signage at the
property, to help make people aware of the private property on
either side of the spit, and the park hours & other restrictions.
Discussion took place about the main issue concerning the neighbors;
the lack of onsite parking.
PenMet is seeking some evidence of
previous parking on the upper lot at the spit property, that will
allow the use of onsite parking in the future. If you
have photos or any recollection of cars parking there, please
contact PenMet parks.
Fox Island Sandspit
Aerial Photo showing parcel boundaries
Park Host Duties &
PenMet Parks has issued an
FAQ document about the recent closure of the Fox Island
If you were unable to make the meeting on August 20th, you can reach the PenMet
Board members via email at these addresses, and send your feedback
about this issue:
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