Young Progressives representative Kimberly Wright presented to the council the idea and plans for the park memorial that would honor the life and memory of Vicki Schulz, who passed away last year from cancer.
Group members said Schulz had been very involved in the Karnes City community and with the children of the community, and was very instrumental in getting the shade canopy installed over the playground equipment in the city park, among many other community projects.
“There’s something that is very near and dear to us with the Karnes City Park,” said Wright. “The park shade started a couple of years ago with an idea of a committee that the Young Progressives formed. One of the committee members was Vicki Schulz. She put a lot of time and effort into that along with us. Now we have the beautiful park shade, and we’re very excited and pleased to have that shade over the playground equipment.”
The city park work and efforts of Schulz sparked an interest in the Young Progressives to dedicate a permanent memorial site in the park to the memory of Schulz.
“We would love to have an adjacent area to the shade that we could come in and build, landscape and maintain, and have a boulder of some sort,” explained Wright. “On that boulder we would have a memorial plaque dedicated to Vicki Schulz, honoring her work and her time she put into the park shade project.”
The council unanimously approved the memorial plaque project. The Young Progressives also presented the city with a donation in the amount of $10,000, which will be used for ongoing beautification and improvements to the city park.
“Vicki Schulz was just a big asset to the community,” reflected Mayor Don Tymrak after the meeting. “It was the efforts that she put forward, and she had this idea of putting the shade over the playground equipment. She just worked so tirelessly in so many ways for this community, and the kids in this community.”