Like many high schools around the country, students are required to complete a community project before graduation. Friday Harbor High School on San Juan Island is no exception.
Juniors Julia Bevens and Robyn Roberts, both experienced equestrians, were looking for a project that would benefit the multi-use trails of the park’s newly acquired Mitchell Hill property, which they frequent on horseback. Their school mentor learned that the park was considering a trail project involving the construction and installation of a puncheon bridge and suggested that the girls volunteer.
A puncheon is a long, low removable bridge. In this case, it would cross a seasonal stream bed, and replace an old makeshift structure which was failing and beginning to erode the banks. Julia and Robyn helped plan the structure and prep the area before construction.
Maintenance worker David Harsh served as the park liaison with various volunteers and local non-profits who donated funds and time to the project, including the San Juan Island Trails Committee and San Juan Island Parks and Recreation. The puncheon was installed on site and functioning well in a matter of hours.