Brayden Stegelmeier, 14, and Miles Mecham, 16, have taken on what members of the community consider a “huge, worthwhile” project for their combined Eagle Scout project.
The two are replacing the Milton Park horse arena fence, something that is likely to benefit a huge portion of the county. The arena is used by the entire northwestern area of the Morgan Valley, especially by 4-H horse enthusiasts.
“A lot of people use it,” Mecham said. “It was a pretty beat-up, old arena.”
The Milton horse arena is one of only two public arenas in the county. Since the Milton Park has been run by volunteers since its creation, the Eagle Project fits in with the community’s sense of service.
“It is so exciting to have some volunteers doing such a huge project,” Lyletta Searle said in an e-mail. “This is a huge undertaking.”
Stegelmeier and Mecham say they are glad to be teaming up on this project because of its enormity, in both required manpower as well as cost of material. In just the first day, volunteers put in more than a combined 60 hours of manpower.
The young men began the project on May 12 when they started removing the old fencing and fence posts and placing the new poles. Welding the top rails of the fence has continued, and the two hope to finish placing gates, stretching new chain link, and painting in the next couple of weeks.
Stegelmeier spent his Memorial Day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the project. With a horse arena in his own backyard, he knows the value of a good arena.
“A good arena is important,” Stegelmeier said. “It will also make the park look a lot better,” as the arena is close to the road and entrance to the park.
Both young men said they chose this as their Eagle Scout project simply because they saw a need for it in the community.
“It is pretty important to have a nice, new one,” Mecham said. “People will use it even more.”
The young men are still accepting donations for the project. Contact Mecham at 801-829-8629.