Mayor Pro-tem Van Johnson and members of City Council joined city staff and Park & Tree Commission members Tuesday in Wright Square to celebrate the makeover of one of Savannah’s most historic squares.
The Wright Square makeover started in April, but was temporarily delayed when city workers uncovered an undocumented cistern in the square. After completing an inspection, the cistern dome was reinforced, the site was surveyed and a permanent marker was placed above the opening. Park and Tree staff then proceeded with work that included: relocation of existing plants, pruning of mature trees, removal and replacement of inappropriate trees and shrubs, repair and relocation of benches to improve pedestrian flow, repairs to the brick walkways, installation of new monument viewing areas, upgrades to the electrical circuitry and irrigation systems, and inspection and cleaning of the Gordon Monument.
The makeover significantly increases visibility in the square. “The landscape in the square was nearly 30 years old and had become overcrowded.” said Park and Tree Director Jerry Flemming. “It became necessary to remove some of the vegetation, the dense foliage concealed the square from the surrounding roadways.”
The Wright Square makeover is part of a larger effort by the city’s Park and Tree Department to assess conditions in all 22 of Savannah’s squares.