In 1915, there was a major tree planting project at Tattnall Square Park. Now those trees are among the park's oldest. Today, almost 100 years later, the College Hill Alliance and other groups are planning on planting more than 160 new trees.
The planting funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation for more than $33,000 for everything from paw-paws, to magnolias, to poplars. Andrew Silver, one of the leaders of Friends of Tattnall Square Park and an English professor at Mercer University, which is adjacent to the park, says it's an idea that many having been pushing for.
"Parks are a sign of the health of the community. If you have a creative, beautiful park, you know that you have a safe and productive community. If you have park that's down on its heels, you know that you don't necessarily want to move to a community around that park. We want to make this park a representation of everything that's great about Macon."
The grants also include funds for landscaping, and Mercer University has also given additional funding for irrigation of the new trees.
The park will become home to more than 50 species of trees, that will be able to bloom in different seasons.