Scouts help with park projects

NEWTON TOWNSHIP – Local Boy and Girl Scouts helped make needed improvements at the Trumbull County MetroParks’ most southern park – Foster MetroPark.

Limited staffing for the park at 3940 Damascus Newton Falls Road kept projects from getting done, Zachary Svette, MetroParks operations director, said.

”The Scouts have really helped me with projects to get the park ready for the summer season,” Svette said, indicating Boy Scout Troop 4067, Cub Scout Pack 4067, and Girl Scout troops from the Newton Falls area spread mulch, built a planter bed of bricks around the park sign, made a large wildflower bed and cleaned up the three-acre park.

Foster Park, the smallest of the metroparks just a short distance north of the Mahoning-Trumbull County line, includes picnic areas and has plans to add a canoe and kayak launch in the future.

Svette said a culvert at the park collapsed this spring due to heavy rain and should be fixed by mid-June.

He said Scout leader Tony DeSanto and other Scouts approached him about doing projects at the park and discussed what they could handle.

”I knew some projects had been started. The park also needed cleaned up following winter. What they did helped save time and money,” Svette said, noting he is the only full-time park employee.

He said Foster MetroPark is included with the following other metroparks Swift, Canoe City, Clarence Darrow, the bike trail, North Road, and Eastlake on east side of Mosquito Lake, which Svette and a part-time staff member take care of.

Svette said one upcoming event is the World of Wildlife Ride on June 7 at the bike trail by Kent State University at Trumbull in Champion.