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Shannon Park storage sheds get an Eagle makeover

Rosemount Eagle Scout candidate Jarrett Kotsmith organized a refurbishing of storage sheds in Shannon Park as his Eagle project.

While most people were grilling out and kicking back over Labor Day weekend, at least one Rosemount resident was doing just the opposite. Rosemount High School sophomore Jarrett Kotsmith was doing hard labor. He was working up a sweat repairing the baseball and softball storage sheds at Shannon Park because, as an Eagle Scout candidate for Boy Scout Troop 235, he was required to complete a service project that would have a positive impact on his community.

Parks supervisor Tom Schuster said Boy Scouts approach them with service project ideas two or three times a year.

“We really like it when they come to us with ideas. Eagle Scout projects are kind of fun because we get to show off the job and take pictures. It’s fun to have kids that are so excited about it and they really do a really great job.”

When Kotsmith started thinking about his Eagle Scout project, Rosemount’s baseball fields were the first thing that came to mind.

“I’ve been playing baseball for a really long time,” Kotsmith said. “Baseball has done a lot for me and I thought I would give back.”

While he initially wanted to affix covers to some of the dugouts, that idea turned out to be more complicated and time-consuming than he had anticipated, so he settled on the storage sheds instead.

Even as a middle schooler on a traveling baseball team, Kotsmith could not help but notice the storage sheds at Shannon Park were in disrepair.

“The sheds were not in good shape when I was playing there,” he said.

So with the help of his father, Jim, and his brother, Jonas, along with several other troop members, Kotsmith removed and replaced damaged trim boards, built a new ramp to the door, power washed the buildings and gave them a fresh coat of paint.

Kotsmith’s efforts were formally recognized Monday by the Rosemount Parks and Recreation Commission.

“Our city has a history of recognizing volunteers. We were really happy with the job that he did.” Schuster said.

Even though the three-day project was a lot of work, it was also fun.

“It was just a little project that I thought would be a fun weekend with some of my friends,” Kotsmith said. “I have a lot of friends in the troop and we hadn’t gotten to see each other a lot over the summer. It was nice to get together with them and work on it.”