FAIRFIELD – On Saturday, State Representative Brenda Kupchick (R-132) visited Whitewood Knoll Park – a small pocket of open space at the corners of Black Rock Turnpike, Whitewood Dr., and Candlewood Rd – to commend Nic Hauptmann, an Eagle Scout candidate who finished installing benches at the park with Scout Troop 268 for his community service project, and to talk with the troop about the importance of public service and being involved in the community.
Rep. Kupchick also shared the history of the park with the troop. It was one of her first public service projects as a member of Fairfield’s Representative Town Meeting when she advocated Fairfield’s Open Space Commission to purchase the area.
Nic Hauptmann, a senior at Fairfield Warde High School and Scout since age 12, decided to spend part of his senior year building park benches with his troop for his Eagle Scout community service project after he was inspired by a renovated senior housing development in the neighborhood of the park.
“I saw that the residents of the senior home would walk from the home to the stores at this intersection and often went through the park,” said Hauptmann. “I thought the park would be a good spot to sit and relax on the way because it is so beautiful there, but I noticed there weren’t any benches or places to sit down.”
Hauptmann contacted Rep. Kupchick, who has helped maintain and beautify the park for the past 20 years, to share his idea for the project.
“I was excited when Nic reached out to me in November about his idea of building benches for Whitewood Knoll Park,” said Rep. Kupchick. “The park means so much to me because of my personal connection to the space. Together with neighbors and the Town of Fairfield, we have worked to make this space a bright spot in the community. I was excited to support Nic with his Eagle Scout project.”
With support from his parents, the community of The Church of Latter Day Saints, and donations of equipment and building materials from Lowe’s Home Improvement of Norwalk, Hauptmann and other Scouts in Troop 268 worked over 200 hours this past winter to set and build the benches so they would be ready in time for spring. The Town of Fairfield also assisted by digging the holes needed for posts used in the benches because the ground was frozen solid.
“I just love this community and I wanted to find a way to help other people enjoy it, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity to do that,” said Hauptmann.
“Thanks to Nic and Troop 268, Whitewood Knoll will have two handmade benches for neighbors to enjoy this green space,” said Rep. Kupchick. “I could not be more proud of these young leaders and I congratulate Nic on his coming induction as an Eagle Scout.
Rep. Kupchick added, “I’m always encouraged by young people in our town who have a passion for service. I hope all residents of Fairfield know that my door is always open to listen to ideas that will improve our community.”
Following the completion of his community service project, Nic Hauptmann will reach the level of Eagle Scout later this month.