Austin Bunge, a Boy Scout from Troop 2810, chartered out of Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, completed his Eagle Scout project April 22.
Bunge’s project focused on Fairdale, which was hit by an EF4 tornado on April 9, 2015. Bunge had a “Franklin Township Park” sign made by Banner Up Signs in Sycamore and paid for by Franklin Township Park District via a grant from the DeKalb County Long Term Recovery Corp.
Jon Kuhn from Banner Up Signs donated his time to help with the installation. Slabaugh Services Inc. of Machesney Park donated four cubic yards of pulverized topsoil and Northwest Pallet Supply in Belvidere donated four cubic yards of mulch. Wagner Excavating of DeKalb donated their services for sod removal and also donated two yards of limestone to the project.
Tracy Pyszka of Belvidere donated her time to deliver the mulch and dirt to the site using her family’s dump trailer, and finally Lowe’s Home Improvement of DeKalb discounted the price of the materials for this project.
Volunteers from Sycamore Troop 2810 and Kirkland Pack 82 worked at the park in Fairdale to remove the remaining grass from the landscape area and to lay limestone and a concrete block border around the landscape area. They spread topsoil and planted hostas, carnations, marigolds, lilies, bleeding hearts, irises, echinaceas and peony plants.
They installed the park sign and relocated the commemorative rock which thanks Bill Nicklas and the DeKalb County Long Term Recovery Corp. for their assistance in rebuilding Fairdale. They then spread the mulch in the landscape area and the project was finished by watering the plants using the garden hose and water supply of a neighbor.