Will Pedigo, local scout, honored for contribution to Lewes Canalfront Park

Shown at the presentation ceremony are (l-r) Joe Stewart, Greater Lewes Foundation chair; Carol Richardson, City of Lewes projects officer; Friends board members John Ballato, Georgia Tugend and Stephanie Boright; Will Pedigo; Dr. Andrea Richter; Ted Becker, City of Lewes councilman and deputy mayor; Jack Richter, with canine construction companion Sam; Friends board member Peter Issel; Ellen Lorraine McCabe, City of Lewes financial officer; and Pres Lee, ex officio Friends board member and City of Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission member. SOURCE SUBMITTED
September 11, 2013

Will Pedigo, son of Dr. Andrea Richter and Dr. Robert Pedigo of Lewes, was honored at a ceremony held Aug. 29 at Lewes Canalfront Park in recognition of his major contribution to the park.

Will approached Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park with ideas to enhance the park for his Eagle Scout project. Working with the Friends board of directors and the City of Lewes, including the Parks and Recreation Commission, Will proposed a bulletin board. With city approval, he designed, constructed and installed an impressive addition to the park.

Will, an incoming junior at Worcester Preparatory School, worked throughout the summer to complete his project with the support of his family and friends, including fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 2540 and Savannah Animal Hospital.

Serving as his sponsor and mentor was his grandfather Jack Richter, a retired professional engineer who guided Will through every step from drawing blueprints to hammering nails. Atlantic Millwork donated hardware, and Lowe's discounted other materials necessary for the construction.

The ceremony was attended by Will's family members and representatives from the City of Lewes, the Greater Lewes Foundation and Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park. It included a presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation to Will and a symbolic passing of the keys to the bulletin board from Will to Stephanie Boright, Friends board chair.

Speaking on behalf of the City of Lewes, Councilman and Deputy Mayor Ted Becker told Will and his family, “We are very appreciative for your meaningful contribution to the park and are grateful that you chose Canalfront Park as the beneficiary of your Eagle Scout project.”

Will's project embodies the spirit of Lewes Canalfront Park, and his family has provided many volunteer hours to benefit programs there. The Friends organization welcomes new members and volunteers. For more information go to, like the park on Facebook or call the new information hotline, 302-645-2795.