It’s my opinion that one of the greatest achievements that has happened in the city of Schenectady is the Central Park Rose Garden, which seemed to be in disrepair due to the city running out of money and manpower to fix it. It was changed for the better in 1995 when a man named Dave Gade volunteered to be the Rose Garden supervisor. He called the garden a weed patch; it was overgrown and in poor condition. Along with Dave’s supervision, a group of community members volunteered and started the Rose Garden Restoration Committee, which took over the upkeep and funding.
After years of hard work and dedication, the group of volunteers transformed a weed patch of a garden into a award-winning municipal Rose Garden. With Dave Gade’s leadership, the Central Park Rose Garden was entered into a rose garden competition in 2010 by the All-American Rose Selections (AARS), a leading gardening organization. Our Central Park Rose Garden got high respect and claimed the title of third-best municipal garden in the nation out of 130 entries.
As the years passed by, the volunteers have been improving the garden. Dave Gade has been honored with the Patroon Award at City Hall by the mayor. The restoration committee was also honored. The Schenectady County Legislature recognized all their achievements and hard work.
I feel that we are so lucky to have people who are willing to change a wrong to a right. Dave and the Central Park Rose Garden Restoration Committee, you’re all miracle workers for what you have done.
Walter “Neal” Brazell