Countless volunteer hours, 27 cubic yards of rock, donations from numerous businesses and individuals, Boy Scout Troop 143 and one Eagle Scout project later, Kuna Fire station No. 1 has approximately 2,700 square feet of new landscaping this week.
Kyle Johnson, a member of Troop 143 in Melba and a Kuna High School freshman, took on the project, first presenting then executing the plan for the new landscaping.
“The fire station’s landscaping was over 15 years old and needed to be redone,” said Kyle.
After developing a plan in conjunction with officials from the Kuna Rural Fire District, he met with the fire commission board and presented a plan for approval. Kuna Fire Commissioner Bud Beatty, a former Eagle Scout himself, was very supportive of the project and helped expedite the project through the approval process.
Wednesday, September 4, Kyle, the scout team, and an excavator donated from Ridgeline Construction tore out the old landscaping. Owner Dustin Ferdinand, another former Eagle Scout, of Ridgeline Construction donated his time and equipment. Then on Saturday, starting bright and early and going all day, volunteers put in all new plants, rocks and stones in the new landscaping. Approximately 42 volunteers assisted on the entire project.
According to Kuna Fire Chief Stephen Rinaldi the total cost
of the project was about $3,300 with about $12,000 in donations from labor and in-kind services. Victory Greens also donated to