Macon-Bibb, Georgia, was the first community to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities when the program launched in April 2012.
Among the community efforts assisted by membership in the network and working with AARP Georgia was the revitalization of Tattnall Square Park, a 16-acre green space in downtown Macon. Established in the mid-19th century, both Macon and Tattnall Square Park fell into decline during the 1970s and 1980s. (Learn more by reading "Restoring, Reinventing Tattnall Square Park.")
An interesting aspect of the park's restoration was its use of the space to promote literacy. Inspiring messages are engraved into the stones surrounding an historic fountain. Quotes from literature, poetry and local students adorn plaques attached to the trash receptacles.
Scroll down for a sampling of scenes and poetic "statements" from Tattnall Square Park.
Published September 2020
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