RARITAN TWP, NJ - Raritan Township Committee approved Eagle Scout Cristian Artache’s request to build a kicking wall at Clover Hill Park for the Clover Hill Soccer League.
Seventeen-year-old Artache, of Readington, made a pitch to the committee Tuesday, explaining that he intends to erect a wall using seven fence posts anchored in cement and two-by-fours to complete the project that will earn him an Eagle Scout designation.
The wall will be used by the league for drills, he said.
“It sounds like a good project,” said Mayor Jeff Kuhl. “Thank you for your time.”
The Hunterdon Central junior told the committee the wall would border trees, not homes. He also agreed to maintain the wall by staining it yearly once it’s complete.
“I want to thank you for doing this,” said committeeman Gary Hazard, who was instrumental in establishing Clover Hill Park’s soccer fields during his 10-year tenure with the league.
He helped raise $250,000 for the fields, then secured a $250,000 loan to pay for the remainder of the work. The loan was paid off last month, he said.
“That place is near and dear to my heart,” Hazard said.
Artchache, who’s been playing soccer since he was 3, is a member of the league.
“I wanted to do something soccer-related,” he explained about choosing the kicking wall project.
His mother, Evelyn Lopez-Artchache, said her son loves soccer, so the choice is fitting.
“He makes me crazy sometimes, but I’m proud of him,” she said before Tuesday night’s meeting.
Soccer Coach Pete Failla attended the meeting to support Artchache.
“It’s great for the club,” he said.