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Feb 08, 2022

Holmdel Scouts Work Toward Earning Eagle Rank by Completing Dog Park Structures

In January 2021, preparations were in high gear for the construction of Holmdel Township’s Alexander Ching Memorial Dog Park (Alex’s Paw Park) located at Bayonet Farm, with an anticipated grand opening on Memorial Day. Part of that planning encompassed including park amenities, such as agility equipment and a message center kiosk. One of the missions of the dog park is to promote community involvement, which plays an important role in the beautification and longevity of the park. 

Holmdel Scouts BSA Troop 131 is well-known for their community service, and the troop has previously completed other projects at Bayonet Farm. Alex’s Paw Park reached out to Darryl Liedel, Troop 131 Scout Leader, and by early February, three enthusiastic scouts had made a commitment to volunteer their time and talents to the dog park. 

Over the next six months, Andrew Chen, Alexander “Zander” Fahs and Dante Valer each worked on their Eagle Scout Project, which is a requirement toward earning Eagle Scout Rank. The scouts spent countless hours planning, designing, budgeting, coordinating, and procuring funding and supplies – and ultimately installing their structures – all while working closely with Alex’s Paw Park, township officials, numerous vendors and the Eagle Scout Board. 

Chen drew up plans for an agility structure in the small dog area, and Fahs’ proposal included plans for an agility structure in the large dog enclosure. Each scout came up with their own creative design solutions which consisted of size-appropriate ramps, platforms and stairs. The custom structures encourage physical and mental exercise for furry visitors, plus provide shelter on hot summer days. 

Meanwhile, Valer focused on the park exterior, as he oversaw the construction and installation of an impressive kiosk structure. His project incorporated design elements such as a metal roof, which was inspired by the nearby Gray Barn. The information kiosk greets patrons as they approach the paved park entrance, and features dog park news and updates. Additionally, each month a photo collage entitled “Pawty Pups,” which celebrates “barkdays” and “gotcha’days,” is displayed for all to enjoy. 

The Alexander Ching Memorial Dog Park is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located at Bayonet Farm, 67 Middletown Rd. in Holmdel. For more information, email AlexanderChingMemorialDogPark@gmail.com.