In February 2013, John Stokoe, from Boy Scout Troop Troop 321, contacted Tradewinds Park management regarding his offer to complete an Eagle Scout Project at the park. They discussed some ideas and mutually agreed that installing bat houses would be a worthwhile project. The south side of Tradewinds Park is home to world-famous Butterfly World, and with its presence County staff is unable to apply any insecticides to control mosquito populations. A creative solution was to increase the bat population to reduce mosquitos in a natural fashion.
The bat house construction project was researched, presented, and approved for completion. On August 16, 2014, John Stokoe brought a crew of scouts and materials to install three new bat houses. The installations were in areas that park management discussed and approved that would be most beneficial to park patrons. Park staff surveyed the work completed and all were in agreement that the work was of high quality and that best practices were used.
The staff at Tradewinds Park really appreciates John R. Stokoe’s time, research, and generous contribution to the community. His work will result in park patrons having a more enjoyable experience at Tradewinds Park for a long time to come.