Eagle Scout project restores Bitney Springs structure
For over a century people have been coming from miles away to enjoy the natural waters from Bitney Springs.
In the early 1970s a wooden structure sheltering the spigots was constructed by the Grass Valley Lions Club. While the water spigots and drain cover over the cistern remained in good condition, the wooden structure had deteriorated over the years. The conditions at the springs spurred Austin Clark, an Eagle Scout candidate in Grass Valley Troop 4, to rebuild the structure as his Eagle Scout project.
Months of preliminary planning involved determining ownership and jurisdiction of the site, obtaining permissions and permits for the work, a list of materials, and the manpower and financial support needed to accomplish the project.
Brad Miller, whose father had been one of the Lions who built the original shelter, was involved in helping Clark through this process as well as the actual construction. Clark solicited donations of materials, manpower, and money from family, friends, local businesses and organizations in order to begin.
Regular visitors to the springs were dismayed when the old shelter was being demolished, but were reassured that the new shelter would look much like the old one had looked originally. The trees overhanging the shelter were trimmed back, trash was removed, the drain area cleaned up, and fresh gravel applied to the pullout along the road.
A new masonry block foundation was installed, supporting timber frame stained and erected, and the roof section assembled and shingled. In all, 30 individuals spent more than 300 hours restoring the site.
Clark thanked Miller for guiding him along the way, as well as sponsors Grass Valley Lions Club, Caseywood, Rose Roofing and Supply, INC, Kubich, A to Z Supply, Diamond Pacific, Four Seasons Landscape Material, B&C True Value, Larkins Plumbing, all Terrain Stump Grinding, TM technologies, Custom Carved Signs, Robert and Cheryl Larkins, Debbie Clark and Duane and Kathy Niesen.
Source: Submitted by Cheryl Larkins
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