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02/17/2006 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently re-dedicated the 18th Street Pocket Park, on the corner of 18th Street and Flagler Avenue, in memory of former KEYS employee Alvin Frazier III.

Frazier was a dedicated employee of KEYS for over 13 years, serving as a Welder Generation Technician in the Generation department, before his untimely passing in 2004. He was a dynamic member of KEYS’ Employee Activities Committee where he was an active participant in Children’s Day, Relay for Life, the annual Holiday Parade, and KEYS annual Easter festivities where he dressed up as the Easter Bunny for the children and grandchildren of KEYS employees.

“As the past chair of the Employee Activities Committee,” said KEYS General Manager & CEO Lynne Tejeda, “I speak from first hand experience when I tell you that Alvin truly took great pleasure in assisting KEYS with its community service endeavors and in bringing smiles to faces of our local children.”

Frazier's hard work, determination, and professionalism were recognized when he was named KEYS Employee of the Year in 2000.

For many years, the location of the current park was a substation and housed industrial equipment for distributing electricity to the surrounding neighborhood. As KEYS has upgraded equipment, with the goal of improving reliability, the need for this substation – and several others like it – was eliminated. KEYS considered alternatives for what should be done with the property and felt strongly that providing a neighborhood green space was the right thing for these small properties.

In 2002, KEYS and the City of Key West entered into an agreement for providing the communities with these Pocket Parks. Both public agencies agreed to improve the space and then assure upkeep of the space. There are three such parks KEYS has turned over to the surrounding neighborhoods – the others are on Grinnell Street and on 8th Street.

In addition to providing the community with a wonderful green space, this particular Pocket Park also features artistic sculptures on a rotating basis from the Sculpture Key West program. Currently on display in the park is Bob Coon’s "Interstellar Object 0501", a colorful abstract piece which is made of fabricated aluminum and stands 16 feet tall.

The Utility Board approved the renaming of the 18th Pocket Park to the Alvin Frazier III Memorial Park at their regular meeting on September 14, 2005.

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