The grounds of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church are now home to an Eagle Scout project.

Ivey Smith, 18, conceived, coordinated and led the effort to build the St. Francis Pet Memorial Garden on the church grounds. The process included meetings about the scope of the project, checking the area for utilities, spraying for weeds, securing edging, tilling the soil for burial spots, bringing in fencing, constructing the garden and placing rocks around the edge of the burial area.

“It was a joy to work with him and see his project come to life. He is indeed a special young man,” said Becky Williams, pastoral care facilitator at St. Luke’s.

The Rev. Bryan Owen joined Smith in dedicating the garden Jan. 7.

Smith is a senior at Catholic High School, where he is a member of the lacrosse and swim teams, the Bruin Broadcast Network team’s sideline reporter and a basketball play-by-play announcer. He has spent several summers working as a lifeguard and swim coach for a neighborhood pool.

His activities in Boy Scouts include visits to two Boy Scouts of America high adventure bases: Philmont in New Mexico and Seabase in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Smith hopes to be accepted to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for this fall.