Staff photo by Allison Potter
Nick Randise led construction of this covered bench at the Wrightsville Beach Park tennis courts to earn his designation as an Eagle Scout.
The construction of a recent addition to the Wrightsville Beach Park tennis courts has been completed, the nomenclature for which, however, has not yet been altogether nailed down.
“I’ve just been calling it a roofed bench, but I guess it could be considered a shelter, also,” said Nick Randise, who took on the project as part of becoming an Eagle Scout.
The Wrightsville Beach Foundation played a role in helping Randise select and complete the project, which consists of a mostly wooden, four-post design, topped by a metal roof, positioned between the tennis courts.
“I got the idea from Jim Mincher, because his son was working on his Eagle project at the time and that was an option that his son did not take. I guess he knows Lisa Weeks from the Wrightsville Beach Foundation,” Randise said.
Randise’s Eagle Scout project allowed him to not only work with his hands but also to exercise real-world decision making in applying for permits and meeting with officials to bring the roofed bench into existence.
“I ended up meeting with Katie Ryan from the parks and rec department, she showed me the space and I met up with Wrightsville Beach Foundation people after I looked at the courts and got an idea about how to do it,” Randise said. “They pretty much all said they’d help me out and doing it helped me because I got my Eagle.”
Support for Randise extended to local businesses as well.
“The total cost was around $1,500. The roof was donated by Hanover Iron Works and Tony Butler of WBLivesurf paid for the concrete,” he said.
The roofed bench was an apt project to undertake for Randise based on his father’s expertise. His experience was further aided by a mentor.
“My dad used to do building projects and my mentor Dr. Bruce Chapman was there every day. It was pretty generic stuff like cutting wood and hammering nails,” he said. “They helped me a lot in locating materials and placing orders for some of the wood and some of the hardware.”
As of now the structure stands alone, serving its function, as Randise did not dedicate it to anything specific. Randise’s contribution is sure to have a lasting impact.
“I don’t have any special relationship to it, like I don’t play tennis or anything, but I grew up around the beach and just wanted to give back. The Wrightsville Beach Foundation may dedicate it to something later, but the reason I did it was to give back to the community and educate younger scouts about the honor of receiving the Eagle,” he said.