CHESHIRE — Tyler Caron, with Pack 92, took on the issue of accessibility at a local site for his Eagle Scout certification. Riverbound Farm Sanctuary, 1881 Cheshire St., was the beneficiary of his work.
The nature preserve is maintained through the efforts of Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society Vice President Eric Einhorn and President Loretta Victor and their volunteers. In addition to the nature center, the grounds have public spaces for presentations, seating areas, a bird watching station, pollinator gardens and beautiful wide-width walking trails that lead to scenic views of the Quinnipiac River and an occasional kayaker.
Caron’s contribution is called “The Tranquility Trail,” a 75-foot long, smooth, concrete pathway, allowing those who use wheelchairs and walkers, or who have other mobility issues, to enjoy the peaceful space. The trail leads to a wheelchair-accessible picnic table and seating.
“Tyler’s Eagle Scout service project greatly enhances access to Riverbound Farm Sanctuary’s back yard. Folks of all abilities enjoy and appreciate the charming, paved walkway leading to the new ADA picnic table that invites visitors to sit at and enjoy the serenity of the beautiful surroundings,” Loretta Victor said. “Eric (Einhorn) and I are thrilled that more people will have an opportunity to enjoy Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society’s Riverbound Farm Sanctuary. Tyler’s project is a major contribution to Riverbound Farm and to the community.”
Caron has been involved in Scouts since elementary school. After working with QVAS’s Victor and Einhorn, Caron’s plan was reviewed and approved.
With the assistance of his uncle, Eddie Reinhard from South End Concrete, work on the site got underway. It included excavating and setting forms for the concrete walkway and purchasing an ADA compliant picnic table.
All materials were donated for the project. The table was purchased by donations from family and friends.
More than 140 hours went into the project, which took several weeks and 18 volunteers pooled from Troop 92 and friends.