By Michaela Kron
Like many Boy Scouts, Stephen Fristoe, a junior at St. Pius X Catholic High School and a Brookhaven resident, has long had the goal of becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in scouting.
Soon, that goal will result in a new picnic area at Little Nancy Creek Park.
Since February, Fristoe, currently a Life Scout affiliated with Troop 74 at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead, has been planning his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, a requirement to achieve the high honor. Guidelines say that the project must demonstrate leadership and provide service to an institution other than the Boy Scouts.
Fristoe’s project centers on Little Nancy Creek Park, a new park located at the intersection of Peachtree Dunwoody Road and Windall Down Road in North Buckhead.
To complete his project, Fristoe will clear an area in the park and construct three eight-foot-long picnic tables using a building plan he found online. He will spend the weekend of Aug. 22 and 23 building the tables and will install them in the park on Aug. 30.
“I’m expecting that it’s going to look really nice,” he said. “It’ll show people in the neighborhood that there’s progress being done on this park.”
In planning his project, Fristoe spent about 40 hours creating a materials list, a project description, a map of the project’s location and writing up further details about his project in order to have it approved.
Fristoe’s parents, Jamie and Katherine, provided extra motivation throughout the planning process.
“They just kept pushing me to get this project and telling me all of the benefits I’d get being an Eagle Scout,” Fristoe said.
In order to complete his project, Fristoe needed to raise $300 to purchase the building materials. Because none of the money was allowed to come from Fristoe and his family, he reached out to Frank Clementi, the president of the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association (HBNA), for a donation.
After receiving Fristoe’s request for a donation, Clementi collaborated with two other community organizations, the North Buckhead Civic Association (NBCA) and the Little Nancy Creek Park Association, and they each donated $100.
“I’m really impressed by his initiative,” Clementi said. “We’d like to help the neighbors in our neighborhood, and this is such a worthy project.”
Clementi believes that the picnic area will enhance the atmosphere of the park. “I think it’s going to fit in beautifully. It’s going be a family-friendly park, so we’re going to need tables like that.”