Metro Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout project vandalized in Midwest City

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - A metro Boy Scout’s project, which will earn him is Eagle Scout badge, has been vandalized.

He spent months gathering materials and building an outside gym for the community to use at Tom Poore Park in Midwest City.

Donovan Stanberry is an active 17-year-old who just wants to make a difference.

"Thinking about an Eagle project, you have to find something that means something to you," said Stanberry with Boy Scout Troop 267.

He believes in fitness, so he wanted to build the free outside gym, so people in the city where he grew up would have a place to workout and stay healthy.

"It's really easy to not care about your weight or your health, so having something like this might make it a little easier," Stanberry said.

For nearly seven months, he planned out his project, even getting support from the community.

Local businesses donated materials, mulch and a sign.

Volunteers helped bring his vision to life and, on August 20th, someone trashed that vision.

"It was really bad, you know. It's disappointing to work for something like this, you know, and you dedicate so much time into it just to have someone come by and destroy it," Stanberry said.

Removing some parallel bars and fastenings.

"You would put your hands on and walk to the end," Stanberry said. "Sticking out from here to here like a t-bar where you could put your feet under and do sit-ups."

Luckily, Stanberry said the Midwest City Parks Department plans to replace the damaged parts, plus add some security.

"They put up some kind of camera over there that will kind of monitor the area and replace some lights over here," Stanberry said.

Folks passing by have already noticed the fitness addition, hoping the mystery vandals stay away.

"Just don't do it. Keep something nice. Keep something positive going," said Russ Rodriguez.

Stanberry said he wants to be an example to help curb the obesity epidemic in the country.

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