A project about two years in the making has resulted in a beautified green space in Grove City.
Members of Senior Girl Scout Troop 36642 earned their Silver Award for their work on Meadows Park, a small borough-owned park off of Stockton Avenue.
The ninth-grade girls, who were Cadettes when the work was completed, typically hold meetings at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, which is next to the park.
The girls said a lot of people pass through the park or walk their dogs there.
“This is one of the ones we liked a lot,” Kylee Kocher said of the decision to choose Meadows Park for the project.
The girls had to get permission from the borough, and they collected donations from local businesses and individuals, said Elizabeth Klonowski, who leads the troop along with Robbin Rihel.
Planning started in 2019 with the 10 girls splitting up into smaller groups to work on benches, a new sign and the fountain.
Maddie Sheffel, Marayna Sanders and Leah Fabry worked on the benches; Mallory Rihel, Amelia Irvin and Willow Kendziorski, sign, garden box and bird boxes; and Sophia Klonowski, Brenna Steffler, Gwen Campbell and Kylee, fountain.
The girls collected hundreds of rocks to rebuild the fountain, which had no longer been running.
The girls updated the fountain to include a system that recirculates the water. In previous years, the water from the fountain was sent to Wolf Creek, which the girls thought was not efficient.
The borough turned on the fountain for a few days in October, and people enjoyed seeing it back in working order.
“A lot of them were excited,” Sophia said.
Two new benches were built, and a new sign that says “Meadows Park” was made.
“They constructed it from scratch,” Klonowski said.
The girls also built a raised garden frame, planting flowers like peonies and sedum after consulting with a master gardener.
Amelia got bluebird boxes from the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources. She painted them and they hang on multiple trees surrounding the park.
The COVID-19 pandemic did present a few challenges. There were a few times this year that the girls were not able to meet in person, so they held virtual discussions about the project.
The final touches were completed this fall, when the girls planted trees.
“The girls all worked so hard,” Klonowski said.
The girls said they hope people enjoy Meadows Park even more, and they ask visitors to help keep it tidy.
They received a proclamation in July from Grove City Mayor Randy Riddle, and they’d like to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the spring.
Some of the project’s funding also came from Girl Scout cookie sales over the past three years – an example of how those proceeds stay local.
“They had to peddle a lot of cookies,” Klonowski said, noting that cookie sales start up in January.
She is very proud of their ingenuity and dedication and honored to be their troop leader.
“The professional and personal growth that I have witnessed in these young women over the course of this project honestly makes me emotional,” she said.
They have a lot of people to thank for their support: Grove City’s public works and electric crews; Mary Kay Mattocks, borough council president; Vincent Klonowski Construction; Ace Hardware; Wolf Creek Excavating; Busy Beaver; Ultimate Rentals; Creative Images; Equipment Rental Options; Matt and Kelly Steffler; Brian Kocher; Eric and Willow Kendziorski; Jeremiah Wann; Imperial Works; Williams Masonry; James and Diane Thompson; Jerry and Linda Hammer; and All Good Things Thrift Shoppe.