A Master Plan for Our Park
Initiated a few years ago by Trustees’ Garden Club, the mission of the Forsyth Park Project is the completion of a Master Plan for the park and the nomination of the park as a National Historic Landmark.
In addition to development of a Master Plan for the park, the Forsyth Park Project seeks to nominate the park for listing as a National Historic Landmark.
National Historic Landmarks are buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects that have been determined by the Secretary of the Interior to be nationally significant in American history and culture.
Forsyth Park is one of the oldest municipal parks in the country and is historically significant on many levels.
The research and nomination process can take several years. Very few parks have Landmark status; achieving this designation for Forsyth Park will be recognition of its iconic importance to the City of Savannah, the State of Georgia and to the nation as a whole.
While the park is protected by our local ordinances, Landmark designation would also provide an added layer of protection. If listed as a National Historic Landmark, any agency undertaking a Federally-funded project will have to ensure that the project will not impact the park’s historic features.
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 the best way to protect this precious asset while also allowing it to evolve to meet the demands of modern life.
The Master Plan Includes
- Historic timeline of the park with local, regional and national context
- The first ever digital topographic survey
- A comprehensive tree survey with health assessment and treatment recommendations
- A lighting and maintenance plan
- A preservation inventory
- Recommendations for furniture, fixtures and pavements
- Project phasing priorities with cost estimates
- A design schematic detailing programming and infrastructure projects
The Master Plan Will Not
- Determine the future treatment of the Civil War Memorial. However, we encourage you to provide feedback on the treatment of the memorial through the surveys, ideas wall and interactive map to make your voice heard. We will share your comments with City leadership and the Civil War Task Force to support that ongoing and separate effort.