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Evansville Boy Scout shares new plans for city park

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An Evansville Boy Scout has big plans for an city park, and now he has the support of the parks board. 

People in the neighborhood say the park at Maryland and Baker is usually empty, but a young man with a dream is trying to bring the park new life.

"There's a plan in there to install lights and secure, a little bit more security," he says.

He may only be 15, but Dane Hancock isn't letting his number of years get in the way of making a difference.

"For some odd reason, I just clicked with it. So, I felt like I need to do this park," Hancock says.  

He got unanimous approval from the parks board on Wednesday to keep chasing his Eagle Scout project to build a playground, bike racks and grills at Jacobsville Community Park.

It's a lofty goal with a lofty price tag.

"It should reach it's goal. There's always the 'if' factor, but it's looking pretty good," Hancock says.  

In Fall 2013, a lead contamination was removed from the soil beneath the park, leaving a clean slate for a new park to be built. 

"He's really attacking it in a way that it seems achievable. So even though he has this grand vision, he is going about doing the hard work," says Austin Maxheimer with One Life Church.

Hancock's plan for the park has approval from the Jacobsville community and partners in ECHO and One Life Church. 

"It's looking pretty desolate, but it has potential," Hancock says.

His plan still needs final approval from the Boy Scouts, a lot of fundraising and he's applying for a grant.

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