NORTH ROYALTON – Boy Scouts are known for helping other people at all times and service to community.

Many of them also complete projects that not only earn them the sought-after Eagle Scout rank but also enhance the community.

The latest Scout project fits the bill again.

Nolan Pearce, a 16-year-old junior at North Royalton High School and a member of Royal Redeemer’s Troop 218, is partnering with the Cleveland Metroparks to make a few dog-friendly upgrades at Aukerman Park that is sure to be a hit with man and man’s best friend too.

Nolan handcrafted and installed two American Kennel Club standard hurdles for the park’s dog agility course, is having a memorial plaque constructed to recognize the Cleveland Metroparks’ K-9 unit and planted four maple trees. Aukerman Park is located at York Road and the Valley Parkway in North Royalton.

Nolan came across the project after learning there were things the Metroparks still wanted to add to the park, so he reached out to them to see if he could be of assistance.

“I wanted to help out,” he said. “I built and installed the hurdles and planted the trees. The K-9 plaque is being made right now.”

Mayor Bob Stefanik, who has a reputation for matching Boy Scouts to community projects, said he appreciates all that the Cleveland Metroparks have done to make Aukerman a success. Nolan will take the park to the next level, he said.

“Aukerman Park has been an extremely successful partnership between the city of North Royalton and the Cleveland Metroparks. Right now, the parks are putting in a sidewalk from the parking lot to the walking trail,” Stefanik said. “Working with Nolan and the local Boy Scout Troop 218, they are able to further enhance this project.”

Jeremy Peppeard, Cleveland Metroparks senior park manager at the Brecksville Reservation, agrees.

“We’re excited Nolan chose to work with Cleveland Metroparks to make additional enhancements to Aukerman Park. We are looking forward to seeing how his project comes together in the coming weeks,” he said.

When Nolan completes the project and all the associated paperwork, his Eagle Scout ceremony will likely be held at the park among his handiwork.

More than just a badge, more than just a rank, this project will cap Nolan’s Scouting career, forever grace his resume and has instilled in him lasting character qualities.

“I learned how to be a good leader, how to budget my time and ways to help my community,” Nolan said. “This is the keystone of my whole life. I’ve always worked hard in school, in extracurriculars. This will be one thing that I put on my application for colleges that will set me apart from everyone, that I learned those skills.”

Aside from scouting, Nolan is involved in band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, cross country, track, swimming, the National Honor Society, and he is taking all honors classes this year and maintaining a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

Nolan is still seeking donations to help fund the project. Anyone who would like to donate or who has questions, can contact him at pearcenolan@gmail.com.

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