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Boy Scout looks to improve town parks, beaches

Published 10:28 am, Thursday, May 15, 2014
  • Alex Molwitz, 16, plans to install new bikes around town as part of his Eagle Scout project. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News Contributed
    Alex Molwitz, 16, plans to install new bikes around town as part of his Eagle Scout project. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Cyclists may be hard-pressed to find a suitable place to park their bikes at the town parks and beaches, but one 16-year-old Boy Scout is looking to fix that.

Alex Molwitz, as part of his Eagle Scout project, wants to replace bicycle racks throughout Darien.

"I noticed that around town, there was a distinct lack of large quantities of bike racks," Molwitz said. "Some areas do have some, but some of those are damaged."

Molwitz wants to replace or install bike racks at Hindley Elementary School, 10 Nearwater Lane; Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road; McGuane Field, off Noroton Avenue; Baker Field, 75 Noroton Ave.; Weed Beach Park, 155 Nearwater Lane; Pear Tree Beach, off Pear Tree Beach Road; and Cherry Lawn Park, 120 Brookside Road.

"I decided it would be better to have more public locations so more people could be using them," Molwitz said. "I also thought that areas where people naturally bike to would be better."

Molwitz presented his proposed project to the Board of Selectmen at its May 5 meeting. He will work with Park and Recreation Director Sue Swiatek during the installation of the racks at town parks and beaches. First Selectman Jayme Stevenson said following Molwitz' presentation that though his endeavor will not be easy, she wanted to support his project.

Molwitz wants to install bike racks that hold the most bikes at the lowest cost. He will need to raise $2,000 to purchase the bike racks for the intended locations.

Boy Scouts have until their 18th birthday to earn their Eagle Scout awards, but Molwitz is getting started two years early because he knows plenty of work is needed to complete a large project.

"It will be an honor (being an Eagle Scout), assuming I get there," said Molwitz, who joined Troop 53 while he was in elementary school. "It will mean that I've worked hard and progressed through all of the ranks and given back to the community and my troop."

mspicer@bcnnew.com; 203-330-6583; @Meg_DarienNews