Daniel Iacopucci, 18, of Belmont, N.H., a senior at Belmont High School, created a picnic area and perennial garden along the Winnepesaukee-Opechee-Winnisquam (WOW) Trail, a paved walking and biking trail in a neighboring community, last year. Daniel loves the outdoors, so when he was looking for ideas for a service project, he started thinking about a relatively new trail running along a picturesque lake in nearby Laconia, and ways he could add to the enjoyment of those who use it. I wanted to create a place for people and families of all ages to enjoy together and felt it was important because families dont spend as much time together as they should, said Daniel. I thought it would be nice if people could enjoy a nice walk on the trail and then stop for lunch at the site.
He sold the towns director of parks and recreation on the idea of creating a picnic area and garden, and then wrote letters to local businesses seeking money and supplies. Next, he recruited about 20 volunteers and went to work digging the garden and planting trees, flowers and shrubs, which Daniel watered almost every day. After collecting wood from a local lumberyard, he worked with his father and grandfather to build and stain a picnic table; and acquired a second table by cleaning the parking lot at a donors business. The project took four months to complete. Now, families and trail users of all ages will have a place to rest and have a bite while enjoying the beauty of the lake and garden, said Daniel.