Eagle Project at Chet Hobert Park

Seventeen-year old Matthew Marsden of Berryville (center) has completed his Eagle Scout project at Chet Hobert Park. He and friends Evan Dyer and Gabriel Ignacio – all members of Boy Scout Troop 34 – installed five benches and built a raised planter in a garden area that honors the late Jay Hillerson. Hillerson, who died in August 2020, was a founding member of the Parks and Recreation Council (now Advisory Board) when it was formed in 1986. In March 2022, friends built a memorial garden near the Rotary Shelter. Trees were planted and a footpath was created. Thanks to Matthew, the garden now completes the vision for the garden. A Scout since the first grade, Matthew asked the Clarke County Parks and Recreation Department what it needed and then raised funds and donations for the project. The youngest of Patrick and Michele Marsden’s four sons – Eagle Scouts all – Matthew will attend the University of Alabama in the fall. PHOTO BY CLARKE COUNTY