Hats off to Life Scout Nick Dunie and his team, shown below with the completed bridge and supporting photos. Nick has set a new national standard that we hope to pilot first across Fairfax County, then VA-MD-PA, and then nationally.
Among the lessons learned from Nick’s experience are the importance of tax maps and accurate azimuth bearings to known houses to ensure all stakeholders know exactly where a bridge is planned in relation to property lines; site visits by engaged stakeholders; the adequacy of 10″ treated joists (12″ is waste, weight, and wash resistance — the three W’s); and the added value of doing trail clearance and validating a new project for another Eagle candidate. Powhatan District, Troop 55, and Nick’s family and friends have done us all proud.
The Miller Heights Neighborhood Association and the Fox Lake Property Owners Association have both expressed their appreciation for Nick’s contribution to the community; StreamTrails.org has inspected the work and signed off; the bridge will fall under Fairfax County Park Authority for insurance, legal, and safety purposes.
If you like what Nick has done, please go to the Fairfax County Park Authority Needs Assessment, Idea #61 here: http://tinyurl.com/Stream-Trails, and vote for the idea. Share this short URL with others. With all due humility, elevating Stream Trails across this land is not only life-affirming, it may be the single most important change in the modern history of Park Authorities nation-wide, affirming citizen needs and citizen access in a manner never before so respected.