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Community projects underway downtown

September 22, 2003

Albany - Downtown Albany is a buzz with the sounds of drills, saws, and hammers. Construction started Monday on the Horace King Overlook on Front Street. And, Tuesday kicks off the second phrase of the Turtle Grove Play park. By Sunday, both projects should be almost finished.

As the country music song goes "Love can build a Bridge," but it also takes a lot of hard work. "We're so excited to see so many volunteers out here this morning, but we need more people to come out and help throughout the week," said Freddie Powell Simms, The Links.

Freddie Powell Simms, the ladies of The Links civic club, and dozens of volunteers didn't let a little rain stop them from building the 1,100 square foot Horace King Overlook. "The rain isn't deterring us. We have a lot of work to be done, and I promise it will get done," said Powell Simms.

The overlook will include a scaled replica of the 150 year old Horace King Bridge. Rickey Shipp owns Shipp's construction, but he and his workers aren't getting paid for this job. "This is so important to me because Horace King was a black man who did something great for this town. And as a black man, I want to preserve this piece of history," said Shipp.

Tuesday, these volunteers will get the help of hundreds more as the second phrase of the Turtle Grove Play park starts. "We will be putting in the playground equipment Friday through Sunday and that's when we will need the most help," said ATI project manager Tina Mitchell.

If the rain holds off and if volunteers hold on to those drills and hammers, the park and the overlook should be finished by the end of the week. You can just stop by and volunteer on either project from 8:00am to 8:00pm each day this week.

The Turtle Grove Play park is scheduled to open October 11th, with a dedication by the Governor.