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Eagle Scout project brings beauty and bike haven to Burchfield

SETTING IT UP: Lavanture's bike rack is now ready to house bike's while people hike the trails at Burchfield. Photo by Dakota Nesselbush
CONSTRUCTED HELP: Andrew Lavanture, a senior at Springville-Griffith Institute, constructs a bike rack for peddlers at the Burchfield Nature and Arts Center as part of his Eagle Scout project. Photo by Dakota Nesselbush
WEST SENECA—On May 6, Andrew Lavanture, a senior at Springville-Griffith Institute High School, and a team of volunteers, constructed a bike rack and tree planters for the Burchfield Nature and Art Center in West Seneca. The Burchfield Nature and Art Center has 29 acres of nature trails, woods and wild and cultivated gardens, alongside the banks of the scenic Buffalo Creek.

Lavanture was born in Colorado and says that he has always been exposed to the outdoors and has always enjoyed it. Lavanture played for the varsity soccer team for the Griffs this year and is currently a member of the Fine Arts Club at S-GI. He is the Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 54 in Cheektowaga, having earned six ranks and 29 badges throughout the seven years he has been in the troop.

“The park is a major center for outdoor activity to many people in and around the town of West Seneca. Many people bike to the park and need a safe place to leave their bike while walking the trails,” Lavanture said.

His project consisted of a number of phases that included coming up with technical drawings, organizing donations, gathering materials and organizing work dates. Planning began in February, but the construction of his project only took four days, Lavanture said.

“Seeing my Eagle Project come together has expanded my goal to become an architect, because in that line of work I will be able to see projects come together on an even bigger scale,” Lavanture said of his project. “What I love is seeing a plan come together. It is satisfying to know that all your hard work, patience, and attention to detail paid off for a finished product.” [photo2]

His project included a series of jobs that were completed by volunteers, family, other troops and friends. Their tasks consisted of trimming black locust trees to make the walking path safer, mixing and pouring concrete, cutting wood, assembling planters and concrete molds, transporting materials and welding.

“I’m very happy with how the project turned out and the project was a great experience. Eagle Scout looks good on a resume and will help me in the future. The project provides a functional bike rack and planters that fit the art aspect of the park. Clearing out the trails was also part of the project and made walking through the trials much safer.”


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