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Residents voice their opinions on changes to Tift Park

Residents voiced their opinion on the changes they want to see at Tift Park. (Source: WALB) Residents voiced their opinion on the changes they want to see at Tift Park. (Source: WALB)
The main topic discussed was maintaining the park and making it more appealing. (Source: WALB) The main topic discussed was maintaining the park and making it more appealing. (Source: WALB)
Resident, Valerie Buchanan (Source: WALB) Resident, Valerie Buchanan (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Historic Tift Park was nearly destroyed by the January 2017 storms.  

The City of Albany gathered Tuesday night for suggestions for it's rebuilding.

The purpose of the public forum was to get input and generate ideas to then move forward with a comprehensive plan. 

Dozens of residents were very passionate in the meeting, with many suggestions. 

"Seeing the potential that we have here, and only a few of us get up every Saturday or every day and want that potential to happen and these are the people you see here today" 

Residents voiced their opinion on the changes they want to see at Tift Park.

The main topic discussed was maintaining the park and making it more appealing.

"This should be our showcase park and I would like to see it be," said resident Valerie Buchanan.

For someone like Buchanan who lives nearby, she said it's not just keeping the grass cut.

"Clean the curbs and clean around the other plants. When you go to Thomasville or Moultrie or somewhere like that and see a park, they don't look like that," said Buchanan.

The city has proposed a pavilion that will be located in the park and could be rented out for the community.

But there isn't a set budget for this project. The community would have to help with funding.

One resident suggested looking into more greener options than just asking for money, like considering solar panels to be put on the building so it could help pay for itself.

Stephen Brimberry donates much of his time as a part of Tift Market and explained that the pavilion would benefit much more than those who visit the Market. 

"There's a lot of use for that, it's not just for us sitting here, it would be for the entire community," said Brimberry.

Some brought up the idea of having live music and a proper entrance or gate in the park to draw people in.

Overall, residents were pleased the city lent an ear.

"I think change is coming," said Buchanan.

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