Murphy Benefits from Eagle Scout Project
Group Picture Above: (From left) Dennis Rodda, Brian Jones, Nick Brouner, Felix Wong, Arik Rodda and Andrew Watkins on the Maxwell Creek dirt trail next to one of the recently installed trail markers.
Murphy resident, Arik Rodda found inspiration for the design of his Eagle Scout project while hiking in Scotland. For his project, he chose to make 25 trail markers. He described the process, “They are 5-foot-tall and will stick out of the ground 3.5 feet. We are routing the tops for a cool design and using a dado blade making a 3/4 inch slit three inches from the top and painting it red for visibility. Each marker will be placed at intersections to help hikers and bikers know which way the main trail goes.”
On Sept. 15, starting at 7a.m., Rodda, along with five other scouts, met at the Maxwell Creek Linear Park and Preserve (located behind the Kimbrough stadium parking lot) and sunk 20 posts along the Maxwell Creek dirt trail and at trailheads. The Maxwell Creek dirt trail is 3.5 miles long and is maintained by Murphy resident Brian Jones. The trail peacefully winds its way along and over the creek, under a canopy of tree crowns.
Explaining why Rodda chose this project, he said, “I wanted to do something in Murphy that would benefit the area. Hiking is such a huge part of Boy Scouts, so marking this trail was perfect. Hikers and bikers who know of this trail will now be able to follow the markers and be able to hike the 3.5 mile trail.”
Rodda learned of this project when he contacted Matt Foster, City of Murphy Parks Superintendent, who introduced him to Brian Jones. (Jones invites others interested in completing Eagle Scout projects to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. (For more information, find "Maxwell Creek Trails" on Facebook.)
Rodda is 17 years old and a senior at Plano East Senior High. He is a member of Troop 1776. He joined Cub Scouts when he was six years old. He recommends scouting to others, “I love scouting and would definitely recommend others join. I have learned a lot about leadership, but the best part has been all the activities while camping. Every year we go bouldering (climbing), shooting, hiking and much more.”
The Rodda family has lived in Murphy for 11 years.