Rest Stop on Santa Fe Trail
I am Vance Holub, a Scout from BSA Troop 42 and a junior at Jesuit College Prep, and I want to improve the Santa Fe Trail as a part of my Eagle Scout project. As an avid user of the trail, I have noticed that it lacks frequent water fountains and benches. I want to change that. Under the East Grand Bridge, I would like to install 2 benches, a trashcan, and a water fountain. During the summer especially, this location would provide a shady spot to rest and escape from the heat. These installments would be durable and long lasting, serving the community for many years to come.
However, the benches, water fountain, and trashcan are very expensive. In total, the materials and installation would cost a little less than $20,000. The generous organization Friends of Santa Fe Trail has offered to match my donations, meaning that I need to raise around $10,000 in order to put in everything that I want. Please help me meet my goal.
The benches and trashcan will be installed in July or August, but the water fountain would be installed beginning in August or later.
If you would rather write a check to donate, please make it out to "The Friends of Santa Fe Trail" and for "Rest Stop-Vance Holub." Checks are preferred because GoFundMe takes a small percentage of the donations when we remove funds. Also, all donors who send a check will recieve a tax write off from the FoSFT in the mail. Please send checks to:
The Friends of Santa Fe Trail
Boy Scout Rest Stop - Vance
7324 Gaston Rd. #124-179
Dallas, TX 75214
Please, donate and share! This rest stop would greatly improve the trail and would serve all who use it. Thank you all.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and safe Black Friday. Also, sorry for not updating in a while, I have been very busy with school and sports. Anyway, the project is completed! Thank you all for donating to and sharing my project and allowing me to complete it. Without my generous donors, I could have never done this. A complete album of pictures, from fundraising to construction to the complete project can be found at http://imgur.com/a/s3WW1 .
I have reached my goal! I am so thankful to all of you who have donated and I look forward to the installation of the rest stop. While I have not yet received the dates for that, I will update as soon as I do. Be sure to continue to follow the fundraiser, as I will leave it open until the rest stop is installed.
I am back from Philmont, which was a fantastic experience. However, I am happy to be back in Dallas and back to my project. Thank you to all donors up to this point, I appreciate it immensely. I have almost reached my goal of $10,000! Please continue to follow the fundraiser and share it with your friends and family. I will update with the installment times when I receive them.
Unfortunately, a new estimate from the city has put the price of the two benches, trashcan, and water fountain to around $20,000. However, with the success I have been having with my project so far, I am confident that I can reach my new goal of $10,000. If I cannot reach said goal, the rest station will still go in, but if I make it, then I will open up more opportunities for the FoSFT to improve the trail later on. Who knows, if I make it over my goal I may even be able to put in something like a fix-it station. Once again, I will be leaving for Philmont (Boy Scout hiking trip) in a few days and will unable to update the page for a couple of weeks. I still accept and appreciate your donations, and thank you to all who have supported and shared my project.
Thank you so much Vance! The rest stop is great. My dog Sam and I checked it out. I know we will use it a lot in the summer!
To Mr. Larkin: I realize that the price of the project seems very overpriced. When Mr. Mendive, the Friends of Santa Fe Trail President, and I met with the city and they gave us the estimates for the installments, we were surprised too. The 2 benches, trashcan, and water fountain would cost together a little less than 16,000 to buy and install. Unfortunately, the city has to buy a certain water fountain, bench, and trashcan, and the price for those was the lowest we were going to get it. Regarding labor costs, my troop and I will be a part of the installment process and may be able to lower that price. However, not everything has a set cost at this point, especially the water fountain, so the amount that we need to raise may go down. To Mr. Mace: The City of Dallas has not offered any funding, and when we asked, they said that they did not have the budget for it. However, they are promoting the project and have been very helpful in my approval process. Also, I believe that there is already a bike repair station along the trail at Brookside Drive bridge, which is nearby. I am happy to answer any other questions anyone may have.
great initiative! Thanks for supporting the trail. I have to ask though - 16K for two very minor structures (a bench and a trashcan) and a water fountain? That seem very unusually high and i would presume that many people and volunteers would and could do some of this for much cheaper.
Any possibility of adding a Fixit station for bikes? Reach out to City of Dallas, etc. for more funding!