ROXBURY, NJ – A couple of Roxbury Girl Scouts want to spruce up the shady picnic grove at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna, a “really cute” idea praised by Roxbury officials.
The girls approached Roxbury Recreation Department Director Keith Knudsen with their plan to restore picnic tables and install some free-standing swings at the picnic area, said Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall.
He said Knudsen brought the idea to the township Recreation Committee, of which Hall is a member. “I think it’s a good idea,” said the councilman. “These girls are community minded.”
Knudsen said the work would be a Girl Scout Silver Award Project. “It’s really cute, what they’re doing,” he commented.
The picnic area is inside the miniature railroad on the site. Hall said the picnic tables, being made of wood, have seen better days.
“What they’re doing is they’re refurbishing a whole bunch of them,” he said. “I’m not sure how many. They’re also going to be putting together some memorial bench swings.”’
The idea, similar to memorial trees at the park’s Memory Lane, is to have people pay for the swings so they can have dedications to lost loved ones placed on them, Hall said. “They want to get four or six of these,” he said.
Hall said Girl Scouts Ela Doganay and Heather Schaab, from Girl Scout Troop 94369, came up with the idea, adding they hope to get the work done next year.
“It’s great,” Hall said, referring to Girl Scout, Boy Scout and other youth group projects. “We get a lot of these in town … They are doing a good job, fixing up the town.”