NF Rotary club plays in the dirt, builds garden

A reflection garden was added to North Park

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Rotary Club of North Fulton got down and dirty to build a reflection garden in the busy North Park for the community.

The setting is serene so visitors are able to rest their feet and reflect upon life’s experiences, goals, loved ones and many opportunities, according to the Rotary club’s website.

The club held a dedication ceremony June 11 to announce the garden’s opening and to also dedicate the garden.

Since the club opened in 2000, seven members have passed away while still being active in the club. One of these members, Kathy Myers, was inspiration for the garden. Myers was terminally ill, but the club wanted to do something special for her.

Steve Siders was the chairman and driving force behind the project. He said the club wanted to build something in Myers’ memory.

“We wanted to do something very special for her and people started talking about ‘what could we do?’” said Siders. “And the whole thing snowballed from there.”

After Myers and another Rotary member, Scott Cuthbert, passed away, the club got to work.

“As a result of both of their passings,” said Siders, “we were definitely more motivated and wanted to do the project.”

Richard Owens, a Rotarian in Roswell and landscape designer, and Mike Perry, the director of Parks and Recreation in Alpharetta and former president of the NF rotary club, teamed up with Siders to start designing the project.

After decided the front entrance to the park wouldn’t be as serene as they wanted, the three chose a different location.

“We ended up relocating to the pond area. It’s an absolutely beautiful setting,” said Siders “It’s in the middle of the sports park where everyone goes to sweat and run around and have fun and yet there’s a space right by the pond. It’s a good dedication to them.”

The garden isn’t entirely dedicated to Myers. The club bought seven bricks to honor the seven members they’ve lost throughout the years.

The blue was originally given a $10,000 budget, but it came in under budget and on time. It was also funded by five major sponsors who each gave $1,000, the selling of engraved bricks and from money the club pitched in.

Everyone is welcome to visit, enjoy and participate in the growth of the garden, according to the club’s website.

Visit www.northfultonrotary.org to buy a brick or to learn more about the garden.

This was published in the July 12 issue of the Revue & News.