Tattnal Square Park group gives updates on improvements

hgoodridge@macon.comApril 18, 2013 

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Mina Harris takes a shot on goal as Joe Heaton defends at Tattnall Square Park on Thursday.

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The Friends of the Tattnall Square Park held its public meeting Thursday to discuss Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grants, progress on park improvements and resolving issues at the park.

The meeting was facilitated by Heather Bowman Cutaway, who said the Lawton Allee Gateway is an important entry to the park, “but it’s not welcoming and beautiful.” The changes being planned include creating a brick entrance, new plants and putting up new stone pillars.

Cutaway also gave an update on the Oglethorpe/Adams gateway to the park. It’s not very welcoming either, she said. The friends of the park group is working to ensure that the transportation enhancement grant that’s installing sidewalks near the park incorporates new pillars at the entrance and benches at the corner.

The more natural portion of the park, the Arboretum Path, is also going to get a makeover with new pavers connecting the path to the parking lot.

One of the important upgrades at the park will be the new trash cans. Cutaway said the plastic rolling receptacles often fall over and are not where they should be. The new trash cans will be anchored to the ground and placed throughout the park. The new receptacles will include some solar-powered compactors that would alert the city when full.

In its event planning, the friends are organizing a sidewalk chalk festival in the fall. A date has not been set yet. It will feature a day of activities for kids and the goal is for local artist and children to produce art on the sidewalks throughout the park.

Cutaway said two tennis courts would be eliminated with a new design of the tennis courts. She said the new design would include brand new courts, fencing and lighting.

The new trees in the park need “a lot of love,” Cutaway said. The friends will host an adopt a tree event at 11 a.m. April 27. She said anyone interested in adopting a tree need only to show up to the park and pick out a tree. You will then be given instruction on how to care for it during the year.

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