Walking trail posts made by Eagle Scout vandalized

Posted: 04/09/13 at 10:05 pm EDT      Last Updated: 04/09/13 at 10:56 pm EDT

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Gloucester Eagle Scout spent hundreds of hours creating posts for walking trails in his hometown only to have vandals destroy them.

Alan Davis actually put the posts up in the fall, but his father brought him to Dogtown for a ceremony for his son finally becoming an Eagle Scout but when they got there, they found the damage.

Alan Davis had dedicated an entire summer of volunteer work to create posts for Dogtown Walking Trails. It was all part of the process of becoming an Eagle Scout.

"You have to do a leadership project that helps the community in some way," Alan Davis said. "The project itself took over or close to 250 hours."

Each post has a map along with a cue reader where you can scan your phone and the history and your location will pop up.

Alan's father, Roger, wanted to celebrate his son's hard work. They were going to have a ribbon cutting with the community, but instead of planning for a celebration, they found the work vandalized.

"Three of the posts are completely gone. One was burnt and taken out," Roger Davis said.

"I was and I still am angry, but I want to fix it," Alan Davis said.

As far as who is vandalizing the posts, Roger Davis said, "It's hard to say. You could think it was just kids. I know kids come up here drinking on the weekends, at night so that’s a possibility.”

But Alan's father said the community response has been amazing.

"Not only huge expressions of support but also offers of assistance," Roger Davis said.

Bob Young said he wants to do anything he can to help Alan Davis.

"It think it's great. I've been coming up here for 50 years and never had anything like this, the more people that can get up here the better they'll take care of the area," Young said.

"If we're going to repair it, we don't want to do it the same way we did it cause the same thing could happen again so maybe there’s people out in the community who have ideas of a way we can do this that'll be more lasting and really welcome people to Gloucester," said Roger Davis.

About a dozen of the 19 posts were destroyed. Alan Davis wants to repair them by the summer, so the community can enjoy them.

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