NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: Chase AllgoodNatan Lizier-Zmudzinski, 15, drew in 21 Boy Scouts (and adult volunteers) from around the metro area, including three scouts from Estacada, to help improve Forest Grove's Lincoln Park as part of his Eagle Scout project. With concrete donated by Van Doren Red-E-Mix and other materials donated by Home Depot, the scouts worked at the park from 4 to 8 p.m. last Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. They installed pavers near the barber pole and replaced a concrete pad beneath one of the park's two barbecue grills. "The concrete around the grill was too small and the grass around it was dying and getting burnt," Natan said.

Natan's efforts probably saved the city about $1,000, said Parks Supervisor Steve Huffman. "There are so many little projects like this around town that help to make things look better, reduce maintenance or make things safer, that my staff and I can’t always get to them," Huffman said.

A Forest Grove resident, Natan joined Boy Scout Troop 615 because it wasn't too big and he liked its teaching approach, he said. Although the troop is based in Hillsboro, its last three Eagle Scout projects have been in Forest Grove, said Natan's father, Krystof Zmudzinski.

"Natan tells me it is because Forest Grove has a lot of good ideas but not enough money."