Mercer County Recognizes Eagle Scout for Community Project at Roebling Park

Eagle Scout Nick Alpeza with Mercer County Park Commission Executive Director Aaron T. Watson and Tulpehaking Nature Center Manager Kelly Rypkema

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Mercer County Park Commission salute Eagle Scout Nick Alpeza on his accomplishments at Roebling Memorial Park, where his Eagle Scout service project focused on renovations to the trail system along the Abbott Marshlands.

Nick, a member of Scout Troop 112 in Jacobstown, worked an estimated 54 hours at Roebling Memorial Park with 22 volunteers over a four-day period. Renovations included landscaping, litter cleanup, addition of native plants to attract pollinators, and new message centers installed to trailhead kiosks.

A patron of Roebling Memorial Park his whole life, Nick was involved in early education programs given by Friends of the Abbott Marshlands. Identifying the resources the park offers through the Nature Programs and the Tulpehaking Nature Center, the incorporation of message centers provides a way to communicate with visitors on upcoming events.

“I thank Nick Alpeza for carrying out his project in the County park system,”  Hughes said. “His hard work will benefit both new and returning park users for years to come.”

Programs offered by the Tulpehaking Nature Center, Friends of the Abbott Marshlands and the Nature Programs encourage visitors to explore the outdoors and provide environmental education, restoration, crafts and workshops for the public. For more information on programming as well as other events in the parks, please visit

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