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Boy Scout Richard 'Bo' Jackson (seated) of Troop 121 and other Scouts
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Date published: 9/30/2012
Richard "Bo" Jackson of Stafford County led an Eagle Scout project this summer to benefit Pratt Park that brought together local Boy Scouts from Troops 121 and 1717.
Eagle is the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America.
Scouts and adult leaders worked over the course of three weekends to replace three unusable horseshoe pits at Pavilions 2 and 11. The project included designing the pits, cutting boards for the sides and backstops, excavating the existing pits and installing the new system.
Jackson, a junior at Colonial Forge High School, is a member of Troop 121, based at Quantico.
Jackson noted that he originally planned to do his Eagle Scout project at Lunga Recreation Park at Quantico because his father is a Marine and his troop camps there several times a year. He considered the project a way to give back.
The horseshoe pits there, which are a big draw for Marines, were in need of work.
But the park closed temporarily, so he had to look someplace else.
He contacted Stafford County Parks and Recreation to see what was needed in the community as well. Jackson said they liked the idea of new horseshoe pits, and that led him to Pratt Park.
Jackson credited community volunteers, as well as businesses, for help in making the project a success. He credited the Lowe's in Stafford and Central Park for help, along with the Subway in Chatham Heights for feeding volunteers.