The Times West Virginian

September 9, 2013

Brandon Akers honors sister through improvements at city park

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Brandon Akers wanted to honor his sister Belle through his Eagle Scout project.

And he did just that.

For his project, Akers, a life Scout of Pleasant Valley’s Troop 7, worked to improve the park off Morgantown Avenue in Fairmont. He added a gazebo and replaced benches, and he plans to put in picnic tables, paint the four-square court and create a hopscotch court.

“I didn’t know if I could do it at this park, but I talked to the City of Fairmont and this park is where my sister always played at,” he said.

In honor of his sister, who passed away in 2010, Akers planted a flower garden with a butterfly bush in the middle because Belle loved butterflies.

“She thought that butterflies were cool,” he said. “That’s where I got the idea for putting in a flower garden.”

Akers, a sophomore at East Fairmont High School, said he can remember when he would bring Belle to the park to play.

“I would shoot basketball here and she really liked to swing on the swing sets,” he said.

Building the gazebo was the biggest task for Akers. He said he had several volunteers help with his project, especially on the gazebo.


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