Scouts take part in additions to park

HOWLAND – Local Boy and Girl Scout projects are under way at Howland Township Park this summer.

MacKenzie Polakoff of Cortland, a freshman at Lakeview High School and member of Girl Scout Troop 598 in Howland, is working on Toddler Park, which will be located across from Tiger Town at the former basketball courts.

She said the fenced-in play area will be for infants to age 6, and includes hopscotch, foursquare, a tricycle area and picnic area. There is also an alphabet and various shapes and sizes for the children to see.

Polakoff is using the old basketball court, painting giant puzzle pieces on the cement in four different colors.

From a bird’s eye view of the area the pieces all fit together.

The main entrance is painted in red and includes a ”Welcome” on the ground. The yellow painted area has a quote from Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low.

Polakoff is doing the project for her Silver Award and needs 50 hours.

”This is for little children. I want it to be fun and educational. The children can ride their tricycles here,” she said.

Polakoff said she wanted to use bright primary colors children would like.

The project is scheduled to be completed in August.

Polakoff’s mom, Sharon, said several preschool teachers liked the idea and will bring their children to the park.

Another project is being done by Mike Manginelli, 16, of Howland, and a senior at Howland High School.

For his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scouts, he plans to revitalize and construct a kiosk to be placed by the boardwalk trail in the southwestern section of the park.

The Howland Park board approved the project, providing up to $400 for the materials that may be needed.

Manginelli, a member of Boy Scout Troop 28, said plans are to have the project done by September.

He said the two-sided kiosk will contain information on the nature trail and wetlands as well as maps.

He will share information about the kiosk with a website, where there will also be information on park programs and events.

”I plan to make it clear to visitors to the park where they can find information,” he said.

Board member Jim LaPolla said the board is looking for anyone or a group wanting to do a community service project at the park, which can include improving the sandbox, swing sets, jungle gym and playground area of Bolindale Park which need painted.