Last summer Alex Kuepper completed a boardwalk project through a wet and heavily eroded trail area in the Baird Creek Parkway. The boardwalks were built as an Eagle Scout project. Alex began the project in March 2013 and finished in August of 2014. The project required approval of the Green Bay Parks Department, the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Alex said that the most difficult aspect of the project was finishing within the time limits of the grants he received for building materials. Alex received grants from Lowes, Home Depot, and from family members. The boardwalks required over $1,000 of building supplies and took over 150 man-hours of labor to build. There are two boardwalks, one 20 feet long and the other 25 feet, and fencing to steer walkers away from some wet, sensitive locations.
Alex said that the thing that gave him the most satisfaction in the project was seeing the way it turned out, so beautiful and functional at the same time. Several times hikers stopped by and complimented him on the project and made donations for building materials.
If you would like to see this project as well as one built several years earlier by Eagle Scout Chris Harrelson, park at the bottom of Superior Road and hike in on the trail just south of Baird Creek. The boardwalks are about 100 yards in from the trailhead. The one built by Chris is the boardwalk furthest west, and the two by Alex are to the east.
They are both beautiful projects that help protect water quality and plant diversity, as well as enhancing the hiking experience for park users.