Forsyth Park is a priceless asset to Savannah. Over the years as the city and tourism have grown, so have the amount and types of use of the park. In some ways, the park is being loved to death. Creating a Master Plan to act as a guideline for the park’s use and development is a way to protect this precious asset while also allowing it to evolve to meet the demands of modern life.
A Master Plan will establish a vision for Forsyth Park for decades to come. The Plan will provide comprehensive guidelines and create a framework to determine major and incremental actions needed to achieve the vision. The final plan will become a guidance and policy tool for decision-making as implementation of the plan occurs.
The Master Plan will:
- Provide a tangible assessment of the current condition of the park and outline opportunities for future infrastructure, educational and other enhancements
- Articulate a common vision for the park’s future with a clear set of recommendations and strategies for managing change
- Identify challenges and opportunities in the park and provide guidelines for decision-making
- When completed, the Master Plan for Forsyth Park will be a comprehensive action plan for managing and executing change for the park. The plan will include implementation guidance, act as a policy tool, and provide a platform for any potential future fundraising efforts.
A few years ago, Trustees’ Garden Club initiated the Forsyth Park Project, the goal of which is to present as a gift to the City a Stewardship Plan for Forsyth Park. The expense of the project will be paid for in full by Trustees’ Garden Club along with the generous support of civic partners. City elected officials and staff along with many advocates have been involved in the project from the very beginning and all of the citizens of Savannah will have the opportunity to participate.
Forsyth Park belongs to all of the citizens of Chatham County. Your feedback is an important part of designing a Master Plan that preserves this iconic treasure while also meeting the needs of our community.
Founded in 1926, Trustees’ Garden Club is part of The Garden Club of America, an organization of 201 member clubs with over 18,000 members nationwide. The Club has a long history of undertaking significant community improvement projects in every Aldermanic district, including many projects focused on the beautification of Forsyth Park.
The original community engagement strategy was designed before the pandemic hit. The process was then redesigned still including all of the elements but to now be primarily virtual while blending in some in-person elements where possible.
The Forsyth Park Project is a joint project of Trustees’ Garden Club (hyperlink) and the City Of Savannah. The Master Plan portion of the project is being led by the landscape architecture firm, Nelson Byrd Woltz . NBW has assembled a team of highly sought-after professionals in relevant fields such as civil engineering, community engagement, historic preservation, lighting design, cost estimating, and public space management.
John Forsyth Sr. (October 22, 1780 – October 21, 1841) was a 19th century American politician from Georgia. He represented the state in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and also served as the 33rd Governor of Georgia. In addition, he served as the Secretary of State under both Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren. Forsyth Park is named in his honor.