Salem student seeks donations for wheelchair swing

SALEM — A Salem High School junior is looking for donations for his Eagle Scout project to install a wheelchair swing at Waterworth Memorial Park.

Sam Murray first approached the Salem Parks Commission last summer about his idea, which still needed the approval of his Eagle Scout committee and the Sandy Beaver district. Since then, he received all approvals necessary to go forward.

Murray, a member of Troop 6 at St. Paul Church, posted details on the park department’s social media page and also addressed city council during a recent meeting.

The cost of the project is estimated at $8,500 for the cost of the swing, concrete pad and signage.

To donate, make checks payable to the Salem Parks Department and in the memo box note that it’s for the Sam Murray Eagle Scout Project. Donations can be sent to the Salem Parks Department, 2222 Oak St., Salem, Ohio 44460.

“This will greatly impact people’s lives who are confined to a wheelchair and allow them to experience what it feels like to enjoy a swing. The swing is family-friendly, safe, and with proper care will last a long time for the Salem community to enjoy,” Murray wrote on the social media post.

Parks Director Shane Franks updated members of the city Parks Commission on the project, telling them it’s in the fundraising stage.

He said Murray hopes to get the project started in the spring.

In other business, Recreation Supervisor Amber Smith said applications are still being accepted for lifeguards and head lifeguard for the Centennial Pool, with plans to open possibly June 12 after school lets out for the summer. Lifeguards have to already have certification to be considered. She said the problem for most people is coming up with the money to pay for the certification class.

Franks commented that maybe the parks department could help pay for a portion, but no decision was made.

“That’s not a bad idea,” commission member Lori Colian said, adding that maybe the schools should be contacted to let students know about the job opportunity.

Smith also reported that 53 girls signed up for softball and she’s working with Salem Public Library personnel on some Go Wild in the Park programs for March and April via Zoom. Starting in May, the Go Wild in the Park programs will venture back outside, with a bee keeping program set in May. She announced the Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 3 at Waterworth Memorial Park.

Parks Foreman Jim Grimm gave an update on maintenance work, including snow and ice removal, repairs to equipment and replacement of the sump pump at the Centennial Pool. He estimated that 180 to 200 Christmas trees were recycled this year.

He also ordered some trees through the Columbiana Soil & Water Conservation District to plant in the parks.

The next meeting of the parks commission will be 5 p.m. March 24 in city council chambers.


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