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Gazebo project earns Norwin student his Eagle Scout badge

Brian Mays, a Norwin High School student, organized an effort to install movable benches in the gazebo at Indian Lake Park.

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By Amanda Dolasinski
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

The gazebo at Indian Lake Park, central to hundreds of wedding photos and family celebrations, recently underwent an upgrade.

Brian Mays, a senior at Norwin High School, constructed movable benches for the gazebo with his Boy Scout Troop. The project, completed Sept. 22, will earn Mays the Eagle Scout rank.

“When I first planned to build them, I wasn't going to build them to be permanent because of the different events at the gazebo,” Mays said. “I'm happy that other people can use them.”

The benches are not nailed down to the gazebo, so they can be moved around or removed.

Mays, who lives in North Huntingdon, is enrolled in the school's carpentry program and knew he wanted to incorporate those skills into his Eagle Scout project. After considering the requirements for height and width, he drafted plans for the benches.

The wood was pre-cut into pieces and brought to the park for installation. Mays said he was nervous the benches would not line up perfectly because each had to be a different size to fit into the octagon-shaped gazebo.

The group met at the park and hammered away to put the finishing touches on the benches and install them. Mays numbered the benches to keep track of where they belong when they are moved in and out.

“I just liked seeing the job come together without any difficulty,” he said. “Seeing all the work that was put into it and we put it together almost flawlessly.”

Dan Miller, director of the North Huntingdon Township Department of Parks and Recreation, said he appreciates the partnership that has formed between the township and the Boy Scouts.

Without their help, Miller said the benches would have taken much longer to install because they were not a priority.

“It's a nice improvement to the facility,” Miller said.“We do get a number of requests throughout the year for people to use the gazebo for wedding photos, anniversaries and celebrations. We thought it'd be a beneficial idea.”

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626 or

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