Anderson County officials joined Ben Otto Sunderman Friday for a dedication ceremony celebrating the completion of an Eagle Scout Project for the Dr. James A. Timmerman River Access Fishing Deck in Pelzer. This new ADA Compliant deck, which will be situated to the left of the future kayak ramp, is 12’ x 24’ and will allow for at least four fishermen to cast safely.
“Being wheelchair bound, accessibility is very important to me and until recently, there were few outdoor recreation locations equipped for people affected by a disability,” said Sunderman. “In the past few years, I have become more and more involved with the recreational opportunities in our county. With the support of Sandy Hanebrink, Touch the Future, I’ve participated in the Labor Day Omnium’s US Handcycling events, Anderson County Parks Department’s Saluda River Rallies, the launch of the first ADA Compliant Kayak Launch at Dolly Cooper Park and multiple fundraisers and events to promote accessible recreation within our county. I am very grateful for the many opportunities and experiences given to me by Anderson County and I am happy to give something back through this Eagle Scout Project.”
“Ben Otto Sunderman is an outstanding young man with a passion for our community,” said Anderson County Council member M. Cindy Wilson. “This project will add value to the Saluda River, particularly in District 7, while providing outdoor recreation opportunities for all residents, including those with disabilities. This is just another example of the caliber of young people that Anderson County produces and this young man is one of our finest.”
“This project would not have been possible without the vision and hard work of Ben Otto Sunderman,” said Parks Department Manager Matt Schell. “The fishing deck facility is a testimony to local interest in the County’s 48-mile recreation plan for the Saluda River Corridor. This project compliments the county’s efforts, while enhancing and diversifing recreational opportunities available for all County residents.”
During the ceremony, Anderson County officials expressed thanks to District 7 Council person M. Cindy Wilson, Accessibility Specialist on the US Access Board Bill Botten, Anderson County Parks Department Matt Schell and Sharon Nicometo, Touch the Future Director Sandy Hanebrink, Seamon Whiteside & Associates’ Blake Sanders and Licensed Builder John Rogers.