A universal access fishing dock is under construction on Chittenango Creek, behind the Cazenovia Public Library.
Life Scout David Martellock has begun the project as one of the requirements to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout. Martellock is a member of BSA Troop 18 in Cazenovia.
The project was planned with support from Trout Unlimited, a volunteer organization that works to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries.
The dock is designed to provide access to a prime fishing location on the creek, an area where such recreation is currently difficult for individuals with limited ability to access.
Volunteers have worked to clear brush and set concrete pillars to support the dock. Subsequent work days will be used to build the dock, ramp, and parking area.
Contributions are welcome and will be used to purchase construction materials.
Donations can be sent to Scoutmaster George Schmit, 3234 Moraine Road, Cazenovia, N.Y., 13035. Checks should be made payable to “BSA Troop 18” with a notation “Universal Access Project.” All donations are tax deductible.
One of the requirements for Scouts aspiring to the rank of Eagle Scout is to complete a project which demonstrates planning, organization and leadership skills and benefits the community or a specific organization.
A universal access fishing dock will be an asset to the Cazenovia community, benefits Trout Unlimited, and those who fish the creek.
Some previous Eagle projects have included trail improvements and signage at Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, trail work on portions of the Link Trail and construction of a baseball storage shed at Vet’s Field.
Sharon Schmit is volunteer publicist for BSA Troop 18 in Cazenovia.