Improved Wheelchair Accessibility at Local Park

Two years ago, Tanner Hyde and his family were enjoying a day at LaPrele Park in Laramie, Wyoming. Tanner knew the fishing on Huck Finn Pond was better on the east side and wanted his sisters to join him there. But there was one problem: The only path to that prime location included a dirt trail, steps and a bridge.

Tanner’s sisters, Audralyn and Nora, have a disease called Sanfilippo syndrome. Audralyn uses a wheelchair, and Nora has trouble navigating steps.

“I wanted to make it easier for them to come fish with us,” Tanner says. “Leadership is about learning what needs to be done, then helping others to see it as well.”

Tanner led a group of volunteers as they replaced the dirt and steps with a smooth sidewalk and ramp. Now anyone — bikers, parents with strollers and anyone with mobility needs — can get up and over the bridge with ease.

For making a city park more accessible, the Eagle Scout from Troop 138 of Laramie, Wyo., received the 2020 Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award for the Western Region.

— Tanner, Troop 138, Laramie, Wyo.

Read more about his project on the Scouting magazine blog or watch Boys’ Life‘s live interview with Tanner:


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