Making a retaining wall for trail along Bart Way
Kathir Ilango
Troop 132, Fremont

The purpose of this Eagle Project was to build a retaining wall to help conserve and improve the safety of a trail at Tule Ponds that was deteriorating due to erosion and weathering. Using assistance from my Boy Scout Troop 132, I was able to successfully build such a wall on November 6th, 2016. The first step was to place four 4x6x36 inch wooden posts into the ground, ten feet apart from one another to serve as supports for three 10-foot long and 1-foot high wooden planks that would serve as the wall. Four holes were dug for the posts, each 1.5 feet deep, and the posts were cemented in using Quikrete cement. After the cement dried, the three planks were drilled and bolted to the posts. Finally, the trail was back-filled with surrounding soil so that it was flat, and the project was complete. 


area before

starting to clear

lAs simple as it may sound, the project required a lot of calculation and attention to detail on my part, but I could not have done this project without the help of my fellow scouts from my troop: Surya Ilango, Kaushal Vaddadhi, Rio Huerta, Rohan Kashyap, Sahith Karra, Ian Knickerbocker, Nathan Cunha, Andrew Fiatal, Kazuo Whateley, Sakayt Singh, Yash Verma, and most importantly Mr. Jim Dalton and Mrs. Katherine Lien, who served as trained adults to oversee my project throughout the day and gave great advice. Many of the scouts who helped me stayed for the duration of the day and were of excellent help, as there were many small tasks to be performed over a large area. Thanks to their cooperation, we were able to complete the project in one day over the course of 6 hours. Overall, the project was a great success and I am very happy to have been able to lead such a project to leave a lasting impact on Tule Ponds. 

preparing retaining walls  filling in retaining walk

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