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Rising through the ranks: Teen builds park obstacle course

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00 am

Eli Preston plays during spring break on the new obstacle course built by Parker Lee.

Boy scouts from Troop 258 construct obstacles for a trail in Westmoreland State Park.

Fourteen year old Parker Lee is following in his families footsteps to help build and improve Westmoreland State Park.
Parker has been a member of the Colonial Beach Boy Scouts troop 258 since he was six years old. When it came time to choose a project to advance to the ranks of Eagle Scout he chose to build an obstacle course on one of Westmoreland State Park’s trails to allow kids to play, exercise and enjoy nature.
Westmoreland State Park Manager, Ken Benson said, “Parker’s project involved converting a small trail into an adventure trail for young children. Along the way children can climb obstacles, cross a log balance beam and swing across a crocodile.”
What makes this project so special is that Parker is the third member of his family to make significant contributions to the park. Both Parker’s older brother Fletcher Lee and grandfather Frank Lee had a hand in improving the park.
Benson said, “In the last couple years Parker and his brother have both completed Eagle Scout projects in the park. These are significant projects with lots of hours and planning. They have benefited the park both with educational and healthy recreational activities for young and old.”
The boys’ father Stephen Lee said that their grandfather, Frank was a member of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) that built the park. Stephen said, “I understand that he helped work on Westmoreland State Park and Shenandoah National Park. My oldest son Fletcher has his grandfather’s CCC ring.”

Thank you to Park Manager Ken Benson for providing photos for this article.

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