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General News: New Wheelchair Ramp for Library

Eagle Scout building project at the library
Eagle Scout building project at the library
November 05, 2020


CORNWALL, NY – Cornwall teen, Ben Harrell, has been hard at work on his project to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. In October, Ben and and a group of volunteer Scouts began building an accessible ramp and walkway that extends from the library’s parking lot to its eastside portico. The path, built with pavers, will be wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. To fund the project, Ben led a small, successful fundraising campaign. Speranza Landscaping volunteered its time, as well, to help Ben and his team of volunteers with the digging.

Because of COVID protocols, the library has utilized its outside portico for several Friends of the Library book sales and donation events. Library staff envision a much broader use of the portico for events in the coming spring and summer. This accessible path is a wonderful improvement aimed towards helping people with disabilities gain better access to this outdoor space. It also allows for a safer egress for patrons from the portico and gives the staff better access to the library’s storage shed.

The library is grateful to Ben for all his hard work and effort to help improve the library property, and wishes him success in his quest for Eagle Scout.


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