Sixteen-year-old Adam Jackson gave an early holiday gift to the community this fall: a bridge that connects the wooded area between Sunrise Senior Living and the Woods Counseling & Care Center. The bridge, compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provides Sunrise residents with access to the Woods Church gardens and labyrinth.
A member of Boy Scout Troop 382, based at Asbury United Methodist Church, Jackson chose the area for his Eagle Scout project because his family attends services at Woods Church and Jackson has had grandparents live in Sunrise’s independent and assisted living units.
“Woods Church and Sunrise had been looking for someone to execute a project like this for some time now, and I am glad that I had the opportunity to serve them by completing it,” Jackson said.
Construction took two and a half days as Boy Scouts cleared the site of thick brush, vines and roots. They also leveled the ground, set post supports, placed the boardwalk, and installed handrails. Lastly, asphalt was used to create a smooth and level ramp connected to the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk.
Johnson Lumber supplied discounted and donated materials. Marc Todd Jewelers provided funds.
“I can’t thank those enough who have supported me financially, those who helped guide me, and those who dedicated their time to build this project,” Jackson said. “It is truly fulfilling to receive such generous contributions from the community.”
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