A full slate of city officials and neighborhood children were on hand Saturday, Oct. 28, as Oakwood officially cut the ribbon dedicating Cook Park at the corner of Schenck and Oakwood Avenues.
The new “pocket park.” named for former Oakwood Mayor Judy Cook, is situated on land first deeded to the city in 1912 by the estate of Adam Schantz, Sr. Schantz, a German immigrant, who founded the Schantz Park neighborhood of Oakwood, stipulated that the land “be used forever for public park purposes, and nothing else” and “no building shall ever be erected thereon,” according to Mark Risley of the Oakwood Historical Society.
The new park, with a suite of playground equipment, was the vision on nearby resident Mary Montgomery and her daughters, who first approached city officials with crayon sketches of what they would like to see installed on the property. Improvements to the property were funded with a grant from the Montgomery County Solid Waste District, along with private donations, city funds, and a $5000 donation from the Oakwood Historical Society.
Cook, who once resided in the neighborhood, was on hand to see the new park officially dedicated in her name. “Not a day will go by when I don’t think about Cook Park with appreciation and gratitude,” she told the gathering. Cook served as Mayor of Oakwood from 2002 to 2010, vice Mayor from 1996 to 2002, and on City Council for 20 years, from 1990 to 2010.