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Forsyth Park has been called the Crown Jewel of Savannah. Established in 1841, it is one of the oldest municipal parks in the country, even older than Central Park in New York. Trustees' Garden Club has a long history of participation in the Park’s beautification.
In 2012, The Trustees' Garden Club restored the Fragrant Garden and has taken responsibility for its ongoing maintenance in partnership with the City of Savannah. Other contributions include landscaping the playground areas and funding the addition of brick walkways and benches in the area of the two forts.
In 2015, in order to protect and preserve this priceless asset for generations to come, Trustees’ Garden Club in partnership with the City of Savannah has undertaken a multi-year project to develop a Stewardship Plan for the park and is also managing the process of applying to the National Park Service for recognition of the park as a National Historic Landmark. We’re calling this effort the Forsyth Park Project. The expense of the project will be paid for in full by Trustees’ Garden Club along with the generous support of civic partners.
The Forsyth Park Project is dedicated to keeping the citizens of Savannah informed about the Forsyth Park Project, the goals of which are to develop a Master Plan for Forsyth Park and to secure recognition of its historic significance. Just as Forsyth Park belongs to everyone in Savannah, the project is committed to providing opportunities for all interested citizens to participate.
In 2018, Trustees’ Garden Club was awarded one of the first GCA Restoration Initiative Grants for the purpose of replacing trees and plantings lost in Forsyth Park due to hurricane damage. GCA leadership was supportive of the Club’s desire to postpone the planting and tree replacement until after their ambitious Forsyth Park Master Plan project was completed in 2022. The Master Plan outlines locations and species for tree replacement in the park.
On December 8th, 2022 Trustees’ members attended the Savannah City Council Meeting in order to formally present the $10,000 GCA Restoration Initiative Grant funds to the City of Savannah. It was a great day! Mayor Van Johnson expressed his gratitude for our partnership and several Council members gave the Club accolades for the work we have done across the City and specifically in Forsyth Park over the years.
The Savannah Park and Tree Department have finalized the location and species of trees that will be planted in the park according to the Master Plan, and the Club is awaiting information regarding the time, dates, and ways that our Club members can assist in the planting project which will be completed in the first quarter of this year.
Trustees' Garden Club members present GCA Restoration Initiative funds to the City of Savannah