Friday, April 24, at 5 p.m.
By Judy Reed
A Cedar Springs teen, who is trying to earn his Eagle Scout badge, is seeing his dream come true as the community rallied around him to help fund his project of a new community pavilion in Morley Park.
Kevin Galloway, a sophomore at Cedar Springs High School, introduced his idea for the project to the Cedar Springs City Council in April of 2014. He originally wanted to repair the gazebo in Morley Park, but when that one was deemed structurally unsafe, he came up with the idea to build a new one.
“My goal is to build a 20 x 36 pavilion,” explained Galloway. “This pavilion will be maintenance free and fit 8-10 picnic tables. The pavilion will be placed behind the Cedar Springs Museum, off of the parking lot for easy handicap access.” His estimated cost was over $17,000.
In December, the Post ran an article about the project, and since then, the community has stepped forward to donate money and materials for the project. In March, the Community Building Development Team gave him the last bit he needed for the project. In fact, according to Kevin’s mother, Brenda Galloway, they raised $18,500. And with the concrete and flat work donated, it means the pavilion can have a metal roof, which will last longer.
A groundbreaking is scheduled for April 24 at 5 p.m. in Morley Park. The public is invited to attend and show support for Kevin and his Eagle Scout project. He hopes to have the pavilion finished by the end of the June. He can then finalize his paperwork and get it approved by the Boy Scouts of America. He hopes to have his Eagle Scout ceremony in the pavilion next fall.