DUVALL–Like many other Boy Scouts who reach a certain time in their Scouting career, George Howlett was on the lookout for an Eagle project.
The Lake Margaret-area resident, then just 14, went to the Duvall Public Works Department looking for ideas. Director Steve Leniszewski gave him a list of possible centennial projects. On the list was a fire pit to be built next to the Duvall Police Station.
George, who is homeschooled, picked the fire pit as his project and then presented the plan to the City Council. Given the go-ahead, he and his dad, Mark, who was also his Troop 534 Scout Leader, spent a total of about 42 hours over the span of six months planning the project, with the help of Leniszewski.
They spent 32 hours working on building the project over the span of nine days. George organized a total of 37 volunteers (total man hours of 273), and obtained discounted costs from the suppliers – Rock Mountain Products and Mutual Materials.
He turned 15 just as he was completing the project.
Leniszewski said a community bonfire is planned for Duvall Days.
After that, he said, the pit will be open for the public to use, adding that a smaller firepit will be constructed on the inside of the larger one and more seating will be added.