El Paso County, May 29, 2012 – The El Paso County Board of Commissioners today honored a local Boy Scout Martin Rendleman whose Eagle Scout service project was the completion of a short hiking trail and construction of a picnic site at historic Rainbow Falls. Rendleman contacted the Rainbow Falls Coalition, which consists of seven volunteer organizations and government agencies partnering to restore Rainbow Falls, and began planning his project more than a year ago. He coordinated his plans with El Paso County Parks, raised $1300 in cash and donated materials and supplies and enlisted the help of his friends and neighbors in building 80 feet of trail and a concrete pad for the picnic tables. Members of Martin’s Troop 268 of the Pikes Peak Council of Boy Scouts of America contributed 244 hours the day of the event for a total of 310 volunteer hours on the project.
Commissioner Sallie Clark, whose district includes the historic Rainbow Falls area noted, “Thanks to Martin, visitors to Rainbow Falls area now have a completed pedestrian path to a convenient picnic spot with a great view of the creek and canyon. This is a very important contribution to the ongoing restoration and improvement of Rainbow Falls and we’re especially proud of him for getting so many young people involved in environmental stewardship efforts.”
Also in attendance for the presentation of the Resolution was Doug Edmundson from Manitou Environmental Citizens Action (MECA) which has championed clean up and restoration of the Rainbow Falls area along Martin’s mother, Kay.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank, Rendleman has served in troop leadership positions and earned a variety of merit badges in addition to the successful completion of the Rainbow Falls community service project. Since its introduction in 1911, more than two million Boy Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
As part of the Resolution, “El Paso County expressed its sincere appreciation to Martin for his dedication, planning and coordination in this important improvement project at Rainbow Falls Recreation Area."
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