PCA Student David Brackett Completes Eagle Scout Project

David Brackett, thirteen year-old Life Scout of Troop 168 and Portsmouth Christian Academy eighth grader, unveiled his recently completed Eagle Scout Service Project at the Willand Pond Recreational Area in Somersworth on Saturday afternoon during a well-attended ribbon cutting ceremony. David has been involved in Scouting since first grade as a Tiger Cub when he first discovered the remains of a historical bear cage while on a bike ride with his family.

David Brackett

Eagle Scout Candidate David Brackett and Mayor Dana Hilliard cut the ribbon reopening the restored Willand Pond Recreational Area along with Todd Smith, Kristen Ducharme, George Poulin, and Dave Sharples.

David’s project included the historic restoration of the Victorian-era bear cage and raised flower garden in the area formerly known as Central Park. Work included the rebuilding of crumbling stonework, repairing the broken railings of the bear cage, creation and installation of a trail map and informational signs sharing the historical significance of the area, as well as building and installing ramps on the current boardwalk to make the recreational trails more accessible. David also placed a time capsule of items from 2014 within the cement of the project, so that years from now others may discover the artifacts and share in the history of the area. The items included a proclamation from Mayor Dana Hilliard for the year 2114.

David gave a tour of the project providing guests with a historical perspective of the area and sharing the work that he accomplished over the past year with the assistance of over one hundred volunteers representing 1,700 hours of service. David presented keys to the newly installed bear den gate to Dave Sharples, Director of Planning & Community Development, who he has worked closely with throughout the project. Artifacts discovered during restoration were presented to George Poulin of the Summersworth Historical Society, including a hand-forged hinge from the original bear cage door. David also presented a donation for the Somersworth Recreation Department to Kristen Ducharme, Recreation Supervisor, from the fundraiser he conducted as part of the project scope.

David took the opportunity to thank many of his donors and volunteers. The project was made possible by the generous support of Landcare, Star Lumber, D. F. Richard, Home Depot, Stepping Stones Masonry, Tri-City Masonry, Skovic Construction, Bob Sherwood Landscaping, Gagne & Son, Fisher Auto Parts, Conproco, Pike Industries, Favorite Foods, M. Saunders Wholesale, Middleton Building Supply, Wentworth Greenhouses, Infinite Imaging and Fastenal.

Parking lot access to the Willand Pond Recreational Area is located directly across the street from Tri-City Plaza. The recreational area has both a one-mile primary trail all the way to Dover as well as a number of secondary trails along the water. There are two picnic areas and bench seating along the trails. Good fishing and great views make Willand Pond a favorite place to take a walk with family during any season of the year. The park is open during daylight hours and is a carry in, carry out park.

Now that the project is complete, David will sit before the District Eagle Board to be considered for the highest rank in Boy Scouting, Eagle.