Former FOCP President Frank Innes recently announced, “Our longtime neighbor and friend, Paul Brooks, died at 1am Saturday, Feb. 5, surrounded by his wife, Joan, and his children Annie and Nick, after a long illness.”

Paul will be fondly remembered as a past president of the Friends of Clark Park, during the late ’90s. During his time on the FoCP Board, he founded Clark Park Youth Soccer as well as the Clark Park Tree Endowment. He was one of a small band of park activists whose long study and persistent lobbying helped bring about the Clark Park Revitalization Master Plan of 2001.

In 2005, Brooks received the Veteran Volunteer Award from the Dept. of Recreation for 15 years of tireless service to the beloved park across the street from his house. He was a model of what it means to be a good neighbor.

In his non-park life, Paul was an attorney for Community Legal Services. Among his hobbies were sailing and bicycling. “Services will be held in mid-March,” said Frank, “and I’ll forward the details when I know them.”

At the Dickens Birthday party, some members discussed possibly doing a tree-planting in Paul’s honor. Interested people should contact their FoCP Board Members.

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