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December 8, 2003

Albany- No more sawing, hammering, or sculpting. It's been nearly a year since the Junior League of Albany broke ground on the banks of the Flint, and Saturday they celebrate Turtle Grove's grand opening.

"We're very excited. It's December 6th and we're finally dedicating Turtle Grove play park after three builds," says Amanda Lumsden, PR Director for Turtle Stew.

Junior Leaguers admit the park was a huge undertaking and though they didn't meet their original deadline, they say they are more than pleased with the end result.

"The community has supported us 200%. We could not have done it without the support of Albany. It's been awesome," Lumsden adds.

Representatives from Albany Tomorrow helped dedicate the play park - a project they hope not just the hundreds of volunteers who helped build it, but all of Georgia will be proud of.

"These are parts of the park that the city helped build. These are parts of the park that volunteers spent numbers of hours, numbers of days to see something in Albany come alive," says LaKisha Bryant of Albany Tomorrow, Inc.

For now Turtle Grove will be open just on weekends, but in March it will be open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Just feat away from the play park, the Horace King bridge was also dedicated. The bridge is a replica of a bridge built for Albany by freed slave Horace King. The project was spearheaded by the Albany Links Inc., and was also built by community volunteers.

Links members are hoping the bridge will become part of the legacy of Albany as well as Horace King.

"During those times it was very difficult for any person to achieve any level of greatness, but he did and we're very proud of that. So, we're just happy we were a part of the resurrection of this rich legacy that he has left with us," says Martha Craft, President of the Albany Links, Inc.

Final construction on the bridge is scheduled to be complete in the Spring of next year.

Posted at 3:30 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com