Registered: December 2011
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I recently completed the building of an Aquatic Observation platform at the Isle de Bois State Park at Ray Roberts Lake to benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife site. My project is located adjacent to the Outdoor Learning Center (OLC) at the park’s entrance which provides visitors and public schools with programs that inform guests about the wildlife and vegetation in the region. The newest addition to the OLC is a pond to educate about the wildlife found in the waters of Ray Roberts Lake.
The Park management approved my service proposal for imaginative design of a path and decked learning area for outdoor learning about life in the pond representing life in the lake. I created plans for a trail leading to an access ramp to an observation deck 12 feet long and 8 feet wide located along the edge of the pond, surrounded on three sides by railing. After several plan reviews and design modifications to accommodate safety concerns, I received final approval to build the design. The deck is supported by nine concerted 4x4 post, a base composed of 2x8 wood supports with the deck constructed of 2x6 wood beams.
The creation of the project involved equal time commitments to the conscientious leadership style of the design. I had to raise funds, plan for project completions over 10 weekends, assure correct materials would be provided for the specific goals per weekend, and provide leadership by example to the volunteers that assisted my efforts.