UNION — La Grande Boy Scout Brixtin Walker has hit an impressive drive for the Buffalo Peak Golf Course in Union.
Walker has built and installed a 4-by-8-foot sign identifying the city as the home of Buffalo Peak Golf Course and providing directions for how to get there.
Interim City Administrator Rod McKee is delighted with how the sign, installed at Union’s northwest entrance, looks.
“I’m pretty excited. It is a positive move,” McKee said. “It is a high-quality image.”
McKee said the sign has a professional look.
“It looks like a sign company made it it,” McKee said.
The interim city administrator said the sign fills an important void because he knows of only one other Buffalo Peak Golf Course road sign.
“The intent was to bring attention to Buffalo Peak,” McKee said.
The sign was designed by Jenna Monson, who worked for the City of Union as an intern this summer and is now attending college out of state. Monson created a digital image of the sign, McKee said.
Walker brought the plywood into Union City Hall where the digital image created by Monson was beamed on to it. Walker then traced the image on the plywood and took it home where he painted it.
Walker, who made the sign for his Eagle project, is a member of Troop 516 of La Grande and a sophomore at La Grande High School. He is the son of Bud and Kristin Walker. The Boy Scout got the idea for the sign from Union County Commissioner Donna Beverage, who talked to McKee about the sign project after she was approached by Walker.
Beverage is delighted with how the sign looks.
“It turned out great. Brixtin is a good kid who is easy to work with and did a good job,” Beverage said.
Companies that donated materials or provided discounts for Walker’s project were La Grande Paint and Glass and Miller’s Home Center & Lumber.
City of Union employees who assisted Walker in addition to McKee included Paul Phillips, Robin George and Heath Richter. Odin Miller, a Union resident, also assisted Walker.
Walker is now making a second sign for Buffalo Peak for his Eagle project. It will be portable and will be displayed on Fulton Street. This smaller sign will be removed in the winter when golf is not being played at Buffalo Peak, McKee said.