Parks and Recreation
City Architect - Savannah, Georgia
Designed by the famous landscape architect John Nolen of Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1906, the park was developed as a formal Beau Arts-style park with two circular nodes linked to the four corners by tree lined diagonal roads. His vision for the park was to provide a first-class recreation park, a pleasant resort, and eventually, for it to become a national iconic pleasure ground.
Though not as well-known as Forsyth Park in the Historic District, Daffin park boasts 80.4 acres of rectangular grassland on which sit 12 tennis courts; a children's playground, a sand field, 2 basketball courts, a swimming pool, a football field, the Grayson Stadium -- home to the Sand Gnats -- as well as a lake near Victory Drive and Waters Ave complete with 2 huge spray fountains flanking a gazebo in the center where barbecue functions for up to 20 people may be held.
Perdue redesigned the park to restore it as closely as possible to its original design.
The $3.5 million renovation was to include:
Improved roadway system & add traffic circles
Change entrance to park near Grayson Stadium and improve entrances on Bee Road
Repave parking lots
Additional lighting and sidewalks
Planted new landscaping
Build Optimist Field with permanent seating, restrooms and lights
Build running track around the park