JOLIET – People will have an easier time getting through Garnsey Park in Joliet thanks to Boy Scout Kevin Doom.
Doom, along with many family members and friends, have built a crushed limestone pathway from a parking lot through the park and to the St. Joseph’s Park baseball field as his Eagle Scout project.
“For years, people would walk on the grass, and it would be hard for people with walkers, wheelchairs or strollers,” Doom said Friday afternoon while working on the project with several others. “This path will definitely make it a lot easier and a lot more accessible.”
The last layer of gravel is set to be added Tuesday morning.
Doom, 17, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 18 of Joliet. He graduated from Joliet Catholic Academy in the spring and is headed for Northern Illinois University to study meteorology.
He’s been in Scouting for 12 years and said, “It teaches you a lot of great values and valuable skills you just don’t learn in everyday life.”
Scouting, however, did not teach Doom how to build the 300-foot-long pathway.
He had many helpers, including brother Kyle Doom and neighbor Paul Hicks.
“He’s a good kid,” Hicks said. “I’ve known him since he was riding a tricycle.”
The Joliet Park District, which owns the park, supplied the limestone.
Doom also credited his dad, who “always has been pretty handy.” He is the son of Todd and Peggy Doom of Joliet.
“My sister [Emily] really helped me a lot,” he added. “She’s an architect.”
He already was familiar with Garnsey Park and neighboring St. Joseph’s Park. But Doom said the idea for the project came from fellow Scout, Dan Kelly.
“I thought it was a great idea and would help out the community,” Doom said.