Ian Thill describes the work done to restore and enhance a storage shed at Pioneer Memorial Park for his Eagle Scout project. He said the job wound up being “much more work” than anticipated, with several additional structural elements of the shed getting replaced in addition to the planned roof replacement. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Ian Thill describes the work done to restore and enhance a storage shed at Pioneer Memorial Park for his Eagle Scout project. He said the job wound up being “much more work” than anticipated, with several additional structural elements of the shed getting replaced in addition to the planned roof replacement. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Sequim Eagle Scout hopeful finishes Pioneer Memorial Park shed rehab

Local Boy Scout finishes project for top Scouting honor

Several weeks ago local Boy Scout Ian Thill set out to rehabilitate a storage shed at Pioneer Memorial Park as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Last week, he finished that project.

“It was a lot of work,” Thill said. “More work than I thought it would be. But seeing it finished, it was worth it.”

Thill’s inital project was to replace the roof of the shed, repaint it and then install a natural stone bench next to it. As the project progressed, however, he realized there was more to do.

“We wound up having to replace some of the structural beams and posts too,” Thill said. “There was more rot in there than we realized going in.”

In addition to help from the four friends who helped with taking the roof off the shed — Eagle Scouts Dylan Washburn and Hunter Davidson, plus non-scouting friends Sergio Yanez and Joshua Lamb — Thill said that he was helped with some of the structural work and installing the new roof by two more non-scouting friends, Donovan Streck and Matthew Chapman.

“A lot of people” helped with painting the shed, according to Thill.

Several local companies helped make the project happen. According to Thill, Rodda Paint, Home Depot, Blake Sand & Gravel all donated supplies or money to the project, and Joe Campbell donated all the roofing Thill used.

Now with his project complete, Thill just has to wait for the final word of approval from the Chief Seattle Council on officially becoming an Eagle Scout.

Right, the Pioneer Memorial Park storage shed before Ian Thill’s Eagle Scout project began in mid-August. Left, the shed after the project’s completion in early September. Thill said that the project was a lot of work, but it was well worth the effort to see it done. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

Right, the Pioneer Memorial Park storage shed before Ian Thill’s Eagle Scout project began in mid-August. Left, the shed after the project’s completion in early September. Thill said that the project was a lot of work, but it was well worth the effort to see it done. Sequim Gazette photo by Conor Dowley

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