Did you know that Fulton has a park called Schenk Park?Â Don’t worry, you’re in good company.
“You meet people 70, 80, 90 years old and they don’t even know it was a park,” said First Ward Alderman Tom Kenyon, who says he refused to let the city sell the tiny sliver of land for a dollar and began looking for a way to save it.Â The park’s land, at the corner of Route 48 and Worth St., does not even appear in the county’s database of properties.Â Schenk Park has been pretty easy to miss for a long time.
Not anymore.Â Help arrived from an unlikely place: Liverpool.Â Teenager Michael Sanson of Troop 139 in the Onondaga County village needed an Eagle Scout project.Â Fixing up Schenk Park and making it visible to the world fit the bill.
Sanson, his friend Nick Hull, Sanson’s father and father’s girlfriend, members of his troop and Kenyon dug in to clean up the tiny lot.
They mowed the lot, planted perennials, installed a bench and created a sign for the park.Â It’ll be much harder to miss from now on.
“When I first saw it, this didn’t even look like a park,” Sanson said. “It looked like a vacant lot, it looked like nothing at all.Â It definitely looks a lot nicer and people will probably notice more that it’s an actual park and not a vacant lot.”
Sanson carved the letters into the sign by hand.Â “I’m not really good with handy things but it definitely looks good. I’m pleased,” he said.
As he spoke, Cub Scouts from Fulton’s Troop 715 worked on weeding a planter at the far end of the park with their troop leader.Â Sanson submitted his work on the park last week for the review that will determine whether he has earned his Eagle Scout honor.
Kenyon and Mayor Ron Woodward say they’d like to remove a huge evergreen tree that stands in the middle of the park and has grown in front of a streetlight in the park.Â Woodward said that years ago, the city used to string Christmas lights on the tree for the holidays.Â It’s way too tall for that now.Â They’d like to replace it with a flagpole and hope they can find a sponsor willing to fund the project.
For now, though, it’s good enough that a long-invisible city park is now cleaned up and plainly visible to all who drive by.Â “Look at this place,” said Kenyon.Â “Just from doing a little bit of work.”
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