DAKOTA FLATTER, an Owosso High School student (center), has been working toward achieving his Eagle Scout rank by constructing a baseball field at Owosso’s Adams Park. As part of the process, he had to devote himself to six months of displaying leadership skills, earn 21 merit badges, and dedicate himself to a service project. Dakota, a member of Troop #85 under the guidance of James Duntley, chose the often overlooked, neighborhood park on N. Adams Street.

   Adams Park is a hidden little gem, actually. After listening to Dakota’s proposal a few months ago, the city of Owosso stepped up and had a large amount of brush trimmed to clean-up the fence line in the park, which also opened up sight lines making the area a bit safer. The city also donated the clay for Dakota to utilize for the base lines for his playing field.

   At the Monday, Oct. 2 Owosso City Council meeting, Dakota had suggested renaming the park Eagle Scout Field, though that suggestion has not been made official. The park has a long history within the city, with many area people recalling ice skating events decades ago.

   A dedication game is planned for Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 6 p.m. Kazoo’s has donated a bounce house to the event. The HQ Vigilante food truck will also be in attendance. The public is welcome to stop in and check out Dakota’s contribution to the community, and maybe enjoy a fun game of baseball.

   Dakota is shown with his father, Jeremy (right) and family friend, Mark Bowman (left).

   Another Eagle Scout project by Zack Matousek saw the creation of a playscape in Adams Park in 2015.

(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)

Working Towards Eagle Scout rank was last modified: October 30th, 2017 by Karen Elford