Scouting memorial, lake open Sunday
October 3, 2012
CRANBERRY TWP — The township will honor the 100th anniversary of both the Boy and Girl Scouts of America this Sunday when it dedicates a memorial in Graham Park. The Scouting Plaza and Fishing Lake will open to the public at 11 a.m. Sunday. The dedication will cap off more than a year’s worth of planning and fundraising for the memorial, which was named the Cranberry Township Community Chest’s community project of the year in 2011. Situated at the edge of the lake, the monument and plaza are designed to offer a site where Boy and Girl Scouts can meet, plan and carry out community service activities in the tradition of duty that has remained central to scouting. The memorial features a plaza with a stone monument in the middle. Three acres adjacent to the plaza will be reserved as an environmental area for Scouts and residents to care for and enjoy. The architecture of the plaza, which includes a monument containing three graphic panels that illustrate the Scout cycle, also will have time capsules to be opened on the 125th, 150th and 200th anniversaries of the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. The fishing lake, which is scheduled to open for public use on or shortly after the plaza dedication, will be available for license-free catch-and-release fishing throughout the year. All the funds have been collected for the $150,000 monument through a fundraising campaign by the Community Chest.