Saturday, September 21, 2013
Rowlett Eagle Scout leads rebuild of Lake Ray Hubbard boat ramp
Chance Reyna received recognition from the city council.
ROWLETT When the water in Lake Ray Hubbard receded over the last several months, it presented the city of Rowlett with a problem: exposed mud and sharp rocks at Paddle Point Park's boat ramp. The problem's solution was left to Chance.
Chance Reyna, that is.
Now, the shore has a newer, safer surface from which boaters can launch their crafts.
Chance, a Rowlett resident, junior at Garland High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 100 of Garland, chose the ramp's repair as his Eagle Scout project, for which he was recognized September 3 at the Rowlett City Council meeting.
Paul Reyna, Chance's father, said Chance had been leaning toward the project for a while.
"The water's receded so much, it's basically mucky mud, and when you get in your kayak, you're in ankle-deep mud," Paul said in July. "I've seen people fall and get hurt ... it's just not a safe situation."
So Chance began planning the project, speaking first with Al Krajc, Rowlett parks supervisor.
"He gave us a basic idea of what kind of rocks we needed to lay down [and] in what order," Chance said. "... We did a bit of further research afterwards."
The research told him the ramp needed two layers of gravel: a hard, angular road base topped off with rounded, smoother stone. After more research, he designed a layout, calculated the amount of gravel needed, contacted vendors, gathered funds and enlisted the help of the city, Home Depot, the Lions Club, Scouts and other volunteers.
Krajc said the city supplied rakes and buckets and other tools, and he staged the area on Wednesday, August 14, by moving boulders and gravel closer to the shore. The 44 or so Scouts and other workers came in about 5:30 p.m. and completed the job that evening.
In the morning, when the city retrieved its equipment, the dock had a new face.
"They cleaned that whole lakefront up," Krajc said. "They did a really fantastic job. I mean ... I don't know how to tell you how proud I was of Chance."
Councilmember Tammy Dana-Bashian led the recognition of Chance Reyna and Troop 100 at the city council meeting.
"I never actually expected this to be at this high of a level," Chance said. "So I'm honored that the city recognizes me for what I've done to help our community and our city."
"[Chance] said it all at city hall. He goes, 'I don't know why everybody's making such a big deal out of this,'" Krajc said.
"But I'll tell you how it was: it was a big deal," Krajc said. "I was just glad to be associated with it. I mean, I just thought that ... it's good to know that there's good people in the world, and that's what I got out of it."
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