Fenton Twp. — Dogs who play at the Thompson Road Regional Dog Park can now jump through a tire, ascend steps leading to a platform and jump over a hurdle, thanks to a Linden teen who’s working to become an Eagle Scout.

 Sam Levi, 15, of Linden, attends Fenton school and is a member of Fenton Boy Scout Troop 219. He made two sets of the agility equipment— one for big dogs and one for smaller dogs. 

 “I was told that the dog park needed benches,” he said. When he talked to dog park organizers and said he wanted to do something for the dog park for his Eagle Scout project, they said benches weren’t needed, but the dogs would love agility equipment. 

 From about February to July of this year, Levi worked on the pieces, which total 10 in all. They include two hanging tires for dogs to jump through, two ramps, two hurdles with an adjustable bar, steps, and two posts to hang leashes on. 

 He fundraised $1,500 to buy materials, but the project cost a little less than $1,000. He donated the rest of the money to the dog park, which is on Thompson Road just east of Wiggins Road. Signs on the leash posts thank the businesses and people, which donated money, time and talent.

They placed the equipment in the park in early August. 

 “It was pretty cool,” he said. “I got to see it all come together. When we were finished, there was one person who arrived so we got to see his dogs use the equipment.”

 The dog park officially opened November 2017 after years of discussions and months of fundraising. It’s funded through donations. Visitors can sit on benches donated by local businesses and watch their dog play in the fenced-in area. 

 “The young man did a first class job,” said Robert Krug, clerk of Fenton Township who sits on the dog park board. “It’s a community park and he definitely made it so.”

Eagle Scout 2018 numbers

• Approximately 6.49 percent of eligible Scouts became an Eagle Scout in 2018. This is 52,160 people, who had to complete their project before age 18.

• On average, the Scouts worked 153 hours on their projects.

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