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Community transitions greenspace to Frazier-Rowe Park
by Sarah Anne Voyles
svoyles@neighbornewspapers.com
August 28, 2013 03:46 PM | 1844 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Tom Branch, Vice Chair of the Friends for Frazier-Rowe Park, and Nancy Love, Chairperson for the Friends for Frazier-Rowe Park, walk on the new trail in Frazier-Rowe Park Thursday morning.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Tom Branch, Vice Chair of the Friends for Frazier-Rowe Park, and Nancy Love, Chairperson for the Friends for Frazier-Rowe Park, walk on the new trail in Frazier-Rowe Park Thursday morning.
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The LaVista greenspace comes one step closer to becoming a functioning park with the new name Frazier–Rowe Park.

The park is going through the process of transitioning from a greenspace with DeKalb County. Chairwoman of Friends for Frazier–Rowe Park, Nancy Love, said it is a slow process but it is getting done.

“The original intent for the space was for it to always be a park,” Love said. “We have been working with the board of commissioners and closely with the community.”

Tom Branch, vice chairman of the organization, and Love both said the community has been actively involved through community work days.

“When we started out with the work days it was just a list of friends we had,” Branch said. “It has grown to over 50 residents coming to help clean because when we started you could not even see through the ivy covered trees.”

The work days are designed to clean up the park of debris and trash, said Branch. He said everything was so overgrown that as it was cleared, random items such as car tires were found.

Branch said the work days were paused for the summer because of the weather and volunteers taking vacations. They are planned to start up again Oct. 5, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Other days are planned for Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.

The community will remain involved in the park even after it transitions from a greenspace. There are plans for Eagle Scout and Boy Scout partnerships.

“There will be a kiosk at the front of the trail with maps,” Branch said. “This kiosk will be part of an Eagle Scout project.”

The community was thought of in the naming of the park. Frazier and Rowe are prominent family names and both families are helping with the foundation of the park. The Rowe family was one of the first African-American families to receive a deed to purchase land in Georgia. The Frazier family has also lived in the community for generations.

Information:
To learn more, email Nancy Love at fairoak@bellsouth.net.
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