Eagle Scout project gives hikers place to pause along trails

Louis James Schiffer built three benches for the trails in the 114-acre preserve of Hundred Acre Hallows as part of his recently completed Eagle Scout project.

 

Hikers in Hundred Acre Hallows in Suntree can pause for a break on benches thanks to Boy Scouts’ projects.

Louis James Schiffer built three benches for the trails in the 114-acre preserve as part of his recently completed Eagle Scout project.

“They needed benches for people to take breaks during their walks,” he said. “I was happy that I was able to help.”

Hundred Acre Hallows is an abandoned water treatment plant retention pond that is surrounded by residential neighborhoods and which is home to a variety of wildlife.

Hundred Acre Hallows, Inc., a grassroots organization works to preserve and enhance the property to allow public access and protect the environment. They created a 1.8-mile trail.

It is opened to hiking twice a month — on the first and third Sunday of the month. It is bordered by Springs of Suntree, Capron Ridge and other residential neighborhoods. The three wooden benches that Schiffer built and installed on the trail will allow a place to pause during hikes.

“It is a real blessing,” said Anita Unrath, who serves on the board of Hundred Acre Hallows, Inc. “He’s a wonderful young man. I’m so proud of him for finishing it.”

There have been five other Eagle Scout projects on the property, including one by Jacob Hall-Burns, who also built benches.

Schiffer, who is part of Boy Scouts Troop 720 at Faith Viera Lutheran Church, is still awaiting the scheduling for his Eagle Scout ceremony. He is a senior at Viera High School.

For more information about Hundred Acre Hallows go to hundredacrehallows.org, Facebook or call 321-757-3637.