Medina Journal-Register — SHELBY - Last fall Zack Waild decided his Eagle Scout project should be something memorable.
Tuesday morning, he found himself standing in a pavilion that will usher in a number of memories for years to come.
Waild, with the help of family and friends, built a pavilion at the Erie Canal boat launch near Hoffman Road. Through hours of work, including fundraising for materials, the R.I.T.-bound teenager finished the structure.
“This was the hardest project I’ve ever done,” Waild said. He noted that he did not anticipate the simple building to entail so much work. All told, he estimated that he put in 44 hours and those who helped him put in a significant amount, too.
Still, when looking at the finished product, it has Waild’s name on it.
“I like that when we drive by and see people here, I can say, ‘I built that,’” he said, adding that there is most definitely a sense of accomplishment accompanying the project’s completion. So far, he said he has seen people use the pavilion for picnics and to prepare their fishing gear for boating excursions.
The idea for the pavilion, Waild said, came from a similar project done by a fellow scout at Glenwood Lake. “I thought something like that would be good here,” Waild said.
Waild’s parents were on hand Tuesday morning and were bursting with bursting with pride.
“From a dad’s point of view, I told him he should do something that he would always remember, would always see,” said Doug Waild. “He beat the pavement for donations and wrote letters to family and friends to let people know it wasn’t just any old project.” The fundraising lasted from September through the winter, with construction started the Monday before Memorial Day.
Doug added that originally his son planned on a simpler structure. However, after talking with some of the suppliers for the project, he said his son decided to enclose the roof.