Duffett builds pavilion to earn Eagle Scout

Most Eagle Scout projects involve small community improvement projects. Justin Duffett’s project is a little bit larger than most.

With the help of about 12 volunteers, adults, scouts and former scouts, he is building a new 30 foot by 56 foot pavilion at Pettit Park in Clare.

“I’ve had lots of help,” he said. “I couldn’t do this by myself.”

His dad, Brent agreed. “Earning your Eagle Scout is supposed to be a team effort. We have a great ‘team’ helping Justin. Jon Ringleberg leads that list,” he said. “He and his family (Micha, Josiah and Liz) have donated many, many hours.” He said some of the others who have been helping out with their time, equipment or supplies include: Terry Thayer, Lee Wixson, Dakota Kawiaikowski, Cole Meskill, Kyle Duffett, Vicki Duffett, Sam Hershberger, Amanda Holey, city engineers, Bucilli’s and Witbeck’s.

Justin said in total, everyone has worked about 350 hours on the new building so far.

The whole project, designed by Lapham and Associates,’  is being funded through the voter-approved City Parks and Recreation millage, said Recreation Director Amanda Holey. “It is a smaller version of a Shamrock Park pavilion and will replace an even smaller one that was badly deteriorated and was removed from Shamrock Park in 2010. We decided the new pavilion was needed more in Pettit Park.” She continued, “Our long-range plan is to paint shuffleboard courts on the floor in the new pavilion and develop a shuffleboard league next year.”

The materials bid, $9,600, was awarded to Seiter Lumber. Construction of the building is Duffett’s Eagle Scout project. Phase II, the cement work for the floor  is being bid now for completion this summer, Holey said. Phase III, the electrical work, has not yet been bid.

The building hopefully will be completed this weekend, Justin’s father said.

Phase I and Phase II should be completed later this summer, Holey said.