WESTERN SPRINGS – Daniel Myhre noticed that the path weaving through the prayer garden at Faith Lutheran Church in Brookfield was in bad shape.
The cedar chips that initially lined the path had rotted away, leaving a dirt trail that became riddled with holes when it rained.
So, Myhre decided to fix it up as his project for becoming an Eagle Scout.
Myhre, 16, of Western Springs, called in 20 other scouts – from second grade through high school – to widen the path to 3 feet in order to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities) requirements. They also dug 3 inches deep and laid 5 tons of gravel on the 150-foot path.
"Many of the elderly people who go to the church have came up to me and said, 'Thanks. Now I can look at all of the pretty flowers,'" Myhre said.
The project was completed last Aug. 17, and Myhre will become an Eagle Scout during a ceremony May 26. Myhre was responsible for coordinating many aspects of the project.
"To be able to do that when you're that age, calling people, it's a lot of adults you have to talk to and be confident with," said Myhre's mom, Diana.
Myhre used leftover money from the project to buy flowers for the garden. He and his mom picked out tulips, daffodils and crocuses.
"They have now bloomed, and they're looking pretty pretty," said Myhre, who said he couldn't resist the pun.