Scout’s project resurfaces Kirby Park track

By Jerry Lynott - [email protected]
Josh Woodworth, fourth from left, organized a service project to resurface the Kirby Park track to earn his Eagle Scout rank with Troop 55 of the Firwood United Methodist Church in Wilkes-Barre. - Aimee Dilger |Times Leader
Boy Scouts are seen resurfacing the Kirby Park running track on Friday afternoon. - Aimee Dilger |Times Leader
Josh Woodworth, middle, flanked by his brother Saul Woodworth, left, and friend Olyvia Jackson clean the track at Kirby Park for resurfacing as part of Josh’s Eagle Scout project. - Aimee Dilger |Times Leader
Josh Woodworth, second from left, got a hand from fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 55 in resurfacing the track at Kirby Park. Seen with him, from left, are Stephen Franckiewicz, Saul Woodworth, Patrick Franckiewicz and Gary Curran. - - Aimee Dilger |Times Leader
Josh Woodworth throws dirt into a backhoe while fellow Boy Scout Stephen Franckiewicz looks on during a track resurfacing effort Friday at Kirby Park. - - Aimee Dilger |Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — Josh Woodworth had a long way to go before crossing the finish line at the Kirby Park running track.

With the help of a backhoe from the city’s Department of Public Works, shovels, rakes and more than 50 students, Woodworth was much closer Friday afternoon than he was a few months ago, when the youth was planning to resurface the track for his Eagle Scout service project.

“All I did was organize the project,” said Woodworth, a member of Troop 55 of the Firwood United Methodist Church in South Wilkes-Barre.

But it’s no small feat to get the track ready for runners and walkers.

Just a few sections of the quarter-mile oval were edged in around midday on Friday. Kids worked in shifts to shovel grass and dirt into the backhoe’s bucket to be dumped into a truck and hauled away. Waiting offsite were 100 tons of crushed stone that would be spread on the scraped dirt surface and compacted by a roller.

Butch Frati, the city’s director of operations, estimated it would take several weekends to complete. He’s been coordinating the use of city equipment, labor and supplying the material for Woodworth’s project for months.

“It’s our field,” Frati said. “We just want to participate in any way we can.”

Dave Lewis of the DPW said the city provided three skilled laborers and approved overtime for them.

Woodworth chose the track because a lot of people use it and the project would benefit the community.

That resonated with Michael Horvath, a friend of Woodworth, who pitched in Friday afternoon.

“It seemed like a good thing to do,” said Horvath, 17 and a junior at Meyers.

Fellow scout Michael Deutsch-Jones contributed his time and labor.

“Usually, the scouts help each other with Eagle projects,” said Deutsch-Jones, 16, a freshman at Meyers.

He didn’t mind getting dirty or sore from shoveling. “A lot of work for a lot of benefit,” he said.

Josh Woodworth, fourth from left, organized a service project to resurface the Kirby Park track to earn his Eagle Scout rank with Troop 55 of the Firwood United Methodist Church in Wilkes-Barre.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL051218boyscout1-1.jpgJosh Woodworth, fourth from left, organized a service project to resurface the Kirby Park track to earn his Eagle Scout rank with Troop 55 of the Firwood United Methodist Church in Wilkes-Barre. Aimee Dilger |Times Leader

Boy Scouts are seen resurfacing the Kirby Park running track on Friday afternoon.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL051218boyscout2-1.jpgBoy Scouts are seen resurfacing the Kirby Park running track on Friday afternoon. Aimee Dilger |Times Leader

Josh Woodworth, middle, flanked by his brother Saul Woodworth, left, and friend Olyvia Jackson clean the track at Kirby Park for resurfacing as part of Josh’s Eagle Scout project.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL051218boyscout3-1.jpgJosh Woodworth, middle, flanked by his brother Saul Woodworth, left, and friend Olyvia Jackson clean the track at Kirby Park for resurfacing as part of Josh’s Eagle Scout project. Aimee Dilger |Times Leader

Josh Woodworth, second from left, got a hand from fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 55 in resurfacing the track at Kirby Park. Seen with him, from left, are Stephen Franckiewicz, Saul Woodworth, Patrick Franckiewicz and Gary Curran.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL051218boyscout4-1.jpgJosh Woodworth, second from left, got a hand from fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 55 in resurfacing the track at Kirby Park. Seen with him, from left, are Stephen Franckiewicz, Saul Woodworth, Patrick Franckiewicz and Gary Curran. Aimee Dilger |Times Leader

Josh Woodworth throws dirt into a backhoe while fellow Boy Scout Stephen Franckiewicz looks on during a track resurfacing effort Friday at Kirby Park.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_TTL051218boyscout5-1.jpgJosh Woodworth throws dirt into a backhoe while fellow Boy Scout Stephen Franckiewicz looks on during a track resurfacing effort Friday at Kirby Park. Aimee Dilger |Times Leader

By Jerry Lynott

[email protected]

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.

Reach Jerry Lynott at 570-991-6120 or on Twitter @TLJerryLynott.