Creating an accessible local park, by hook or by flashlight
Discover how one man helped take a local Atlanta park from a tangled mess of overgrowth to a hospitable haven complete with trails.
In 2013, Frazier-Rowe Park, which occupies about 7 acres in Atlanta’s Dekalb County, was filled with invasive plants and trash. The park was so overgrown with underbrush and thorns it was hard to walk into. A group of volunteers set out to make it accessible. Karl Schultz, senior manager of product supply for Georgia-Pacific, was among them.
“About three years ago, I got a call from a buddy of mine who was heading over to the new Frazier-Rowe Park and said he and some friends were just going to get in there and start cutting ivy and try and penetrate the thick overgrowth that had taken over the park,” said Schultz.
“When I work at the park I feel just energized and excited to be there, whether it’s rain or shine or digging a hole or building a place that everyone in my neighborhood can go out and just play and have fun and really reconnect with nature.”
Tom Branch, vice chair, Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park, remarked on Schultz’ determination. “You can tell with Karl that when he starts something he really wants to get it finished,” he said, noting Shultz sometimes toiled at night after work by the light of a flashlight. “He’s been with us and doing valuable work here at the park since the beginning.”
Today the park is easy to access, with trails throughout.
Watch the video to learn more about Schultz’ efforts and the memories he created with his family through volunteering.