John Holz

Partner, Plunkett Raysich Architects

As an architect who has studied the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, perhaps the greatest of America’s landscape architects, I am enamored by the necklace of parks he designed in Milwaukee County. Beautiful parks require money to remain beautiful and amenities to remain relevant. Hales Corners Park and Pool are beautiful AND relevant because of the tireless efforts of Don Schwartz. I have known Don professionally for 21 years and have had the distinct pleasure of working with Don on two of Hales Corners Park’s recent projects, the Veterans Memorial and the Alyson Dudek International Ice Center. I know few people as tenaciously committed to the success of their communities as Don. Whether leading his team during visioning meetings, or mounting aggressive capital campaigns, Don builds momentum, consensus and public-private partnerships to turn dreams into reality.