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Boy Scout installs information kiosks on Centennial Trail

From left, Jeff Swanson, Trevor Gaskin, Trey Swanson, Christian Bigger, Tanner Swanson, Isaac Dickson and Tanner Gaskin show off one of the new information kiosks on Centennial Trail, this one at Legion Park. - Photo courtesy of the city of Arlington.
From left, Jeff Swanson, Trevor Gaskin, Trey Swanson, Christian Bigger, Tanner Swanson, Isaac Dickson and Tanner Gaskin show off one of the new information kiosks on Centennial Trail, this one at Legion Park.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of the city of Arlington.

ARLINGTON — Tanner Swanson earned his Eagle Scout rank by helping local pedestrians learn more about the Arlington community.

With the help of fellow Scouts and their parents, Swanson installed four kiosks in the city of Arlington during the week of July 18. This was one of the last requirements he needed to become an Eagle Scout.

"It sounds like an easy project, but it was a lot of work," said Swanson, whose kiosk project involved 59 hours of service.

"Tanner learned that there is a lot more to installing a kiosk than digging a hold and setting it in," city of Arlington Recreation Coordinator Sarah Higgins said. "He learned that you had to level the kiosk, brace it, fill the hole with concrete, wait for the concrete to dry and then remove the braces."

The Eagle is the highest advancement rank in the Boy Scouts. In order to obtain it, a Scout must earn 21 merit badges, serve six months in a leadership position and plan, develop and provide leadership to a service project benefiting a religious organization, school or community. Only 5 percent of those who join the Boy Scouts obtain the Eagle rank.

The kiosks are located on Centennial Trail near Haller Park, Legion Park, 204th Street and 172nd Street. These kiosks provide visitors with information about the trail and Arlington's hot spots, such as restaurants, grocery stores, parks, restrooms and more. Each kiosk includes a map of the trail, the trail user's location and the nearest attractions. They also include space to post the city's upcoming events and tourism information. The kiosks were funded through the city of Arlington's Hotel/Motel Tax Fund.

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