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Boy Scouts spark new name for Marseilles park

Eagle Park to be the site of future scout projects

Boy Scouts Raistlin Wolf, left, and Ben Scheib presented a proposal to change the name of Ten Acre Park in Marseilles to Eagle Park. The new reflects the work the scouts have put into the park after adopting it from the Recreation Board as well as the Eagle Scout projects that will commence there.
Boy Scouts Raistlin Wolf, left, and Ben Scheib presented a proposal to change the name of Ten Acre Park in Marseilles to Eagle Park. The new reflects the work the scouts have put into the park after adopting it from the Recreation Board as well as the Eagle Scout projects that will commence there.

One of Marseilles’ city parks got a new name at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, meant to reflect past and future work at the site.

The former Ten Acre Park, on Commercial Street west of the Marseilles Wastewater Treatment Plant, was acquired by the city in 2002 but in recent years has been used mainly by local Boy Scouts.

The new name, Eagle Park, doesn’t reference the bird, although they can be found there, but rather represents the Eagle Scout projects that Boy Scouts Troop 799 has conducted and will continue to conduct at the site.

The City Council was convinced by Boy Scouts Raistlin Wolf and Ben Scheib, who are in the early stages of planning their own projects.

“I think it’s a much better name,” Scheib said after the meeting.

“Yeah, it makes sense as we’re doing Eagle Scout (projects) there to benefit the town,” Wolf added.

The scouts took “ownership” of the park through the Recreation Board’s Adopt-A-Park program a few months back and have been taking care of the site.

In recent years, it became the site of Mark Fechner’s disc golf course, which he created as part of his Eagle Scout project.

City Council members were glad to see youths take an interest in one of the city’s assets and view it as an opportunity to take personal responsibility and create something new.

Wolf acts as the troop’s senior patrol leader and guides their future efforts. He noted the troop has maintained the park up to this point, but more significant changes could be on the horizon.

Wolf said nothing definitive has been set yet, but some Scouts are considering building a fence and perhaps a gazebo.

Scheib also is considering creating a mural for the site.

Whatever project they decide on, they hope it brings attention to the park and that it is well received by the community.

“That’s pretty much the point of an Eagle Scout project,” Scheib said. “Not self-serving, pretty much just helping out the community.”

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