Drake Hackeny puts in the base of the gazebo at Rotary Park. [Photo by Maren Larsen/Moab Sun News]

Volunteers from the Moab Rotary Club, the City of Moab, and a local Boy Scouts troop completed the first part of new improvements going on at Rotary Park on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The Rotary Club bought a piece of property adjacent to the park and gave it to the City of Moab a few years ago. The city plans to add additional parking, restrooms, and possibly a basketball court.

The first part of the project, paid for by a Rotary grant, is a gazebo. This structure was completed by the volunteers on Oct. 27, and is located by the musical instruments at the park. It will eventually contain drums, which will be put in by the city.

Boy Scout Drake Hackney, age 15, organized the event for his Eagle Scout project. Also included in his plans is a water feature, which will be completed sometime early next spring.

“An Eagle Scout project is basically something that contributes to the community, and that’s there for everyone and betters the community. That earns you the Eagle Scout rank,” Hackney said.

Dave Olsen, the Community Development Director for the city, and the local Rotary Club worked with Hackney to get the project going.

“Rotary’s mission is ‘Service Above Self,’” Rotary Club President Tara Richardson said. “It’s good for us because we’re helping the city to be able to do some things with the property that they wanted to do, while helping Drake get his Eagle Scout badge.”