MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - It's been 100 years since something of this magnitude has taken place inside Tattnall Square Park in downtown Macon. So when it was bound to happen, it was bound to be big.
Thanks to the efforts of one volunteer, who had a vision to see a great transformation within the park, and a grant from the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, nearly 170 trees are being planted in Tattnall Square Park.
"I want it to be the most beautiful park in Georgia," Andrew Silver says. Silver, is the man who started the group now known as Friends Of Tattnall Square Park. When he moved into the downtown corridor, he quickly figured out, this is where he was meant to be.
"To me, this is the most exciting place to live in the county. Downtown in the College Hill Corridor. Once I got down here, I fell in love with the place, and I especially fell in love with Tattnall Square Park," Silver said.
So rather than let it sit, Silver decided to make it better. He found potential in everything he saw within the park. He found a way to bring in some 50 new species of trees, he's planning new sidewalks, and a new water fountain. He was behind the repainting and reconstruction of the pavilion. He was even the driving force for getting new nets installed for the soccer goals.
"Just make it look at beautiful as the neighborhoods that now surround the park... I want it to be the place where Maconites go to rest and relax and play sports. And I want people from out of town to come to the park."