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Eagle Scouts to be honored Oct. 5 for decade-plus service to Pinnacle Peak Park

Pinnacle Peak Park - hikers
  Sept. 27, 2013

  Contact: John Loleit, park coordinator, 480-312-0991,
               jloleit@ScottsdaleAz.gov

  Eagle Scouts to be honored Oct. 5 for decade-plus service to
  Pinnacle Peak Park


Scottsdale’s Pinnacle Peak Park hosts the equivalent of a half million hikers a year. That’s a lot of wear on the popular, prominent landmark.

On Oct. 5, the city and park supporters plan to honor more than 70 Boy Scouts who have earned their Eagle Badge by completing projects in the park to rebuild trails, repair drainage and replant vegetation.

“Eagle Scouts have provided tremendous service to our community and the park over the years,” said John Loleit, the manager at Pinnacle Peak Park. “They’ve spent a total of more than 5,200 hours maintaining this beautiful desert environment for the public to enjoy.

“They’re efforts have saved the city more than $110,000. We want to say thanks.”

The public is invited to celebrate the scouts’ accomplishment at 1 p.m. Oct. 5 when the non-profit group Friends of Pinnacle Peak Park will dedicate a plaque at the park, located at 26802 North 102nd Way.

Several of the Eagle Scouts who have completed projects at the park will be in attendance.

The 150-acre Pinnacle Peak Park features a 1.75-mile long trail around its iconic namesake peak. The trail rises roughly 1,300 feet and provides spectacular views of the Valley. Visitors to the park can enjoy hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing in designated areas.

Eagle Scout projects in the park have included trail improvements, erosion-control measures and the removal of invasive grasses to protect native plants. In return for their service, the scouts develop organizational, fund-raising and leadership skills, plus develop a basic knowledge of trail maintenance.

“It’s a wonderful partnership,” said Loleit.

More information on Pinnacle Peak Park is available here.