WESTFIELD, NJ — Improvements are slated for two of the town’s recreational areas courtesy of two local Boy Scouts and their troops.

Boy Scouts Spencer Linenberg and Malcolm Kahora both earned the Town Council’s approval for separate Eagle Scout projects on April 9. One project will benefit the Dunham Avenue Bird Sanctuary and the other will provide updates to Brightwood Park, the scouts said.

Linenberg, of Boy Scout Troop 77, gained approval to build an entrance to the Dunham Avenue Bird Sanctuary, which has been improved with bat boxes and birdhouses in a series of recent scout projects.

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“I want to spread awareness of the sanctuary,” Linenberg said. “I want to put it on the map so people know it’s there and that they can go and visit it.” The nature preserve, which is bordered by Tice Place and Summit Avenue, is behind homes.

Linenberg said he intends to lay a path into the woods, install an information board and a sign. He plans to fund the project by raising money from the local neighborhood.

Westfield Troop 73 Boy Scout Malcolm Kahora of Scotch Plains earned the council’s approval for a separate project that will benefit Brightwood Park, located off of Prospect Street in Westfield.

Kahora said he plans to lay a new path to the park and install six-foot-tall plastic bag dispensers for dog walkers to use to pick up their canines’ feces.

“I know there are a lot of dog walkers in Brightwood,” he said. “And I just think it would be a good idea to have these there.”

Kahora's plan also calls for a new sign for the park. “It would be in the Westfield font,” he said.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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