SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – A Brunswick County Eagle Scout is embarking on a project that many believe will not just beautify a community landmark, but also improve tourism.
Gavin Milligan is a senior at South Brunswick High School. He's also an Eagle Scout hoping to earn his final badge by installing a full blown sprinkler and irrigation system at Waterfront Park in the City of Southport.
Milligan raised nearly $2,000 for the project and also got some help from his father, who is a plumber.
Milligan and another scout member spent weeks digging trenches and installing piping. All the hard work lead up to Wednesday afternoon, when Milligan put the final touches on the project.
The system is expected to produce enough water to help the growth of plants, flowers, and grass at the park. Milligan also believes the wildlife around the park will benefit from the added water source.
Town leaders have agreed to help him maintain the system all year round.
The new system should be ready for use by the end of the week. With the completion of this project, Milligan will officially graduate from the Eagle Scout organization. However, he says the ultimate goal is to beautify the park and make Southport a more attractive destination for tourists.
"I've lived in the Southport area for mostly my whole life," said Milligan. "This park is one of the most popular spots in our area and lots of events are held here. If we can do anything to make it better, I think it will greatly benefit the community."
With the cash left over from the project, Milligan also plans to buy plants and flowers to place at the entrance of the park.
As for Milligan, he graduates high school in the spring and hopes to attend North Carolina State University in the fall.
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