Reynoldsburg Quarry Park doesn't host big events in the city -- it's tucked away off Kingsley Road and has walking paths, but no big areas for Tomato Festivals or July 4 celebrations, like Huber or Civic parks.

Reynoldsburg Quarry Park doesn't host big events in the city -- it's tucked away off Kingsley Road and has walking paths, but no big areas for Tomato Festivals or July 4 celebrations, like Huber or Civic parks.

Boy Scout and Reynoldsburg eSTEM Academy senior Brennan Perion loves Quarry Park and decided to help improve a small aspect of it as part of his Eagle Scout project.

"I really enjoy the park and it doesn't get as much attention as Civic or JFK," he said. "I was grateful for the opportunity to make it a better place."

He noticed the walking path and steps at the main park entrance were eroding rapidly due to poor rainwater drainage. He called the Parks and Recreation Department and asked if he could put in a new drainpipe and catch basin. Director Donna Bauman not only gave him the go-ahead, but gave him a list of materials and supplies he would need and provided some of the pipes. The catch basin cost $300, though, so Perion raised the funds through a church bake sale.

"When I went to Granville to get the catch basin, though, the company donated the whole thing to me," he said.

That left plenty of money for the rest of the project, although Perion and fellow Scouts from Troop 826 also cut costs by collecting flat stones from the creek area of the park to build around the catch basin.

"The entire wall we built is rocks from the creek that we used mortar between," Perion said. "The park used to be an old quarry, so we found plenty of flat rocks.

"The stone wall helps to make a bowl to collect all the rainwater coming down to get it to the pipe and away from the path," he said.

He said the project was built in two phases last month: The drain pipes were installed first, then the catch basin and wall.

"I finished the project a couple of weeks ago, when my dad and my little brother and I planted some seeds and grass to make it look better," he said.

To attain the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouts have to earn at least 21 badges. Perion said he has earned about 30 badges since he was 12 years old.

Not every Scout stays the course through high school, though.

"I always talked about going on and getting my Eagle rank," Perion said. "So I thought why not keep going, get Eagle and get to the greatest honor for a Scout."

Assistant Scoutmaster Mark Ficocelli said he hopes the community knows that many local Boy Scouts participate in service projects.

"The Scouts in service to the community are alive and well and doing great things," he said.

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