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Ashland Boy Scout completes park project

A landscaping project to spruce up Blue Heron Park in Phoenix is complete, thanks to four months of fundraising, planning, recruiting, digging and mulching by Ashland Boy Scout Tanner Shumway and a small army of volunteers.

The 13-year-old discovered the park on family bike rides along the Bear Creek Greenway last year. The park was then still under various stages of development by Rotary Club members.

In his bid to earn the Boy Scouts' coveted Eagle Scout rank, Tanner approached the city parks commission with an offer to irrigate and landscape a section of the park.

All told, the teen and his volunteers planted some 392 trees, shrubs and plants during a half-dozen workdays and collected about $15,000 in donated cash, supplies and services for the park.

"Everyone did a lot to help get it done," Tanner said Monday. "I've still got to send papers and get final approval for my Eagle Scout, but the work is done except for a bench we want to put in with a plaque."

The Rotary Club, the park's largest sponsor, partnered with community members in planting about 200 shrubs and trees in October.