Nicole Assi of Dover Township talks with Kevin Perkey of Spring Garden Township and meets his dog Tucker, a chocolate Labrador, while her
Nicole Assi of Dover Township talks with Kevin Perkey of Spring Garden Township and meets his dog Tucker, a chocolate Labrador, while her Labrador/shepherd-mix puppy Malcolm runs around at John Rudy County Park on Friday. (Bill Kalina — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
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A longtime Boy Scout is combining his love of dogs with a project to become an Eagle Scout.

Grant Dudney, the 16-year-old Scout, will begin the project to improve the dog park in John Rudy County Park this weekend.

And he's looking for a few volunteers to lend a hand.

The project entails repairing fencing around the dog park, including placing new rocks around the nearly two miles of fencing and staining fence posts with a rain repellent, Dudney said.

Mike Fobes, manager of natural resources for York County Parks, said Eagle Scout projects like the one Dudney is taking on help take the burden off his employees while also saving the county money.

"It really does help us," Fobes said. "We really depend on Scouts to help out."

People and dogs get some shade at the dog park at John Rudy County Park Friday, August 29, 2014. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com
People and dogs get some shade at the dog park at John Rudy County Park Friday, August 29, 2014. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

Dog lover: Dudney, with Troop 57 in Manchester, said he opted for the project at the dog park because he loves dogs but could never have one because his mother suffers from severe allergies when she's around them.

So instead, Dudney stops by the dog park to check out pooches when he goes for walks at John Rudy County Park, located just off Mundis Race Road in East Manchester Township.

"This is the perfect opportunity to give back to the community," he said.

Dudney got his start in Scouting in 2007 when he joined as a Cub Scout while in third grade.

Now seven years on, he's striving to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank a boy can obtain in the Boy Scouts of America program.


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Work days: Work at the park starts Friday, and work days will be held through September.

"It's a pretty labor-intensive process," said Dudney's father, Mike Dudney.

Food and drinks will be provided to volunteers on Saturdays, and drinks will be provided on Fridays.

How long the project takes to complete will depend on the number of volunteers who sign up to help, Grant Dudney said.

"We want to get it done and see it through to the end," he said.

—Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.