7/19/2013 5:56 PM
by Rebecca Turco
GLADE CREEK - More than 300 scouts in Fayette County worked together to help make Glade Creek more accessible for disabled people.
Their work will improve access to the New River Gorge National River for folks with mobility impairments. Troop members who are movement-challenged also contributed their efforts.
Boy Scout Will Krajewski of Washington, who is in a wheelchair as a result of bone cancer that has since been removed, said he is happy to help provide better access to the river for everyone. "Someone who's in a wheelchair, they can go on these trails, they can go have a picnic, they can go fishing," he said.
Park Ranger Leah Perkowski-Sisk of the New River Gorge National River explained that parks are meant to be open to everyone and that improving access promotes that mission. "This helps us open it up to another group of folks who may have been under-served in the past," she explained.
The volunteer work the scouts have been doing is all part of the Reaching the Summit Community Service Initiative, which is the largest community service effort of its kind in U.S. history.