First grader raising money for new Tattnall Square Park fountain

First grader raising money for new Tattnall Square Park fountain

A six-year-old girl is selling books to raise money for the new fountain at Tattnall Square Park in Macon.
The old fountain at Tattnall Square Park. (Friends of Tattnall Square Park)
The old fountain at Tattnall Square Park. (Friends of Tattnall Square Park)
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - This story takes us back in time to when a tall, flowing fountain was the crown jewel of Tattnall Square Park in Macon. It is not there anymore, but a first grader is doing her park to bring it back.

At a small table set up on a sidewalk near Tattnall Square Park, you will find six-year-old Eliza Grace Wood on a mission.

"Would you like to buy a book for the fountain?" she asks people walking by her table.

The first grader walks through the park every day on her way and she has noticed some changes.

"I really love the lamps and the new sidewalks and the stairs,” Eliza Grace said.

But she doesn't love the flagpole at the center of the park.

"It doesn't look any good. It looks like garbage.”

"I said, 'You know what's going to be in the center of the park one day?' and she said, 'No,'” Eliza Grace's mother Julia Wood said. “I said, 'They want to put a fountain there,' and she said, 'Oh that would be much prettier than an flagpole.'”

A hundred years ago, the center of the park used to be a beautiful spot.

The fountain was on postcards, it was featured in paintings,” Andrew Silver with Friends of Tattnall Square Park said. “This was a really important park in Macon."

But Silver says it was removed in the 1960s as salvage when the park began to make its final downturn. All that is left of it is a small concrete frog.

"When you have the center piece of one of your gems of downtown Macon looking like this, a bare flag pole, two tiny little bushes, and a dirt road running straight through it, it's a shame,” Silver said.

Silver is trying to fix that and Eliza Grace is helping.

She is selling her old children's books for $1 or $2. The money that she raises is going to the new fountain.

"How many books do you think you got to sell?” 41NBC's Amanda Castro asked. “A lot,” Eliza Grace answered.

"I'm really proud of her, that's she's taking that initiative and see things in the community that she wants to help and make better,” Julia Wood said.

With every sale, she is closer to completing her mission: bringing this frog back home.

Silver hopes to have the new fountain within the year, but Friends with Tattnall Square Park needs additional funds. The group received $80,000 from the Knight Neighborhood Challenge grant to build the new fountain, but it still needs $200,000 more.

Click this link if you would like to donate.

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