Originally created 08/29/98

Park development under way



Though development is "still in the planning stages," workers have started the next step in creating a downtown living-history park, Springfield Village, by clearing away the rubble in the lot where it will be built.

"I predict sometime in September all that will be done," said the Rev. Emmett Martin, pastor of Springfield Baptist Church.

The planners will meet next week to discuss what the next steps should be, he said.

The park, which will be adjacent to historic Springfield Baptist Church at the corner of 12th and Reynolds streets, should be completed sometime in 1999, the Rev. Martin said.

Reluctant to discuss details of the planned development, the Rev. Martin said it would likely include a spring, lots of greenery and a "historical wall," including a tribute to Morehouse College.

Morehouse, now in Atlanta, was founded at Springfield Baptist Church, which is thought to be the oldest continually operated black church in the United States.

Springfield Village will be across the street from the future Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.

Development officials say they hope the two attractions draw more people downtown.