History and Southern hospitality are distinct characteristics of the City of Savannah. A2H developed a park Master Plan for the city to commemorate its uniqueness and to touch on three key elements: historic preservation, native landscaping, and community gathering. As a result of the master plan, a $250,000 LPRF grant was awarded to help fund the new Tennessee Street Park.
Completed in 2014, the 6.4-acre park sits on the site of the Savannah Institute, a school from the late 19th century. Some parts of the school – two monuments and a stone sign at the front entrance – were salvaged. The park’s brick pathways, iron entranceway and fences, and 17-foot cast iron fountain were installed to blend the park with the city’s antebellum character. A variety of woody and herbaceous plants was added for shade and color, and a crushed limestone pathway leads to a butterfly garden of native perennials and annuals.
A2H’s primary goal was to provide a versatile public space for all ages to experience. The park features two playgrounds, two splash pads, a walking path, a concessions building, and shaded pavilions with dining areas. A large open lawn allows space for community events like movie screenings and concerts.