Troop 238 to the rescue

Members of Boy Scout Troop 238 with the new picnic tables for Bailey Outdoor Education and Recreation Area’s Brett Ericson Picnic Area. (Photo courtesy Boy Scout Troop 238)

The Bailey Outdoor Education and Recreation Area at 599 Rosalie Road has officially opened its Brett Ericson Picnic Area with six brand-new picnic tables. While BOERA funding covered the cost of materials, the labor came from a very special source: Scout Troop 238 from Platte Canyon Community Church in Bailey.

“One of the Scouts took this on as his Eagle Scout project,” explains Nikki Batzer, president of the BOERA board of directors. “We’re deeply grateful to him and his troop for their hard work. These large, solid, beautiful tables are a welcome addition to the property for all of our recreational users, whether you’re a hiker, mountain biker, trail runner or disc golfer, or perhaps someone who’s simply looking for an appealing outdoor spot to enjoy lunch with family and friends.”

The 75-acre BOERA property, owned by the Platte Canyon School District, boasts a world-class disc golf course, more than five miles of multi-use trails, and an events calendar that includes the Bailey Turkey Trot, the annual Husky Invitational Cross Country Meet, mountain bike races, disc golf tournaments, and the new Husky Hunt and Community Day.

A daily fee of $5 per person is suggested; while some of the funds will be used for property maintenance and improvements, the majority is returned to PCSD in the form of scholarships and grants. Use of the BOERA property is always free for children ages 18 and under, and for current and retired PCSD employees.

To learn more about BOERA and its Bailey-based events and activities, visit boera.org. And, to stay up to date on the latest news, join the organization’s active Facebook community (facebook.com/BOERAinBaileyCO), or follow BOERA on Instagram (@Boera.Bailey).

The nonprofit BOERA is dedicated to providing Platte Canyon School District students with access to a variety of outdoor educational and recreational activities, raising funds to benefit PCSD, and serving as a recreational asset for the entire Bailey community.

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