Savannah, Georgia seeks tank, helicopter for veterans park
By ERIC CURL | Savannah Morning News, Ga. | Published: June 12, 2018
SAVANNAH, Ga. (Tribune News Service) — Drivers exiting the Truman Parkway onto the Abercorn Street Extension may soon be greeted by a tank, and possibly a helicopter.
The Savannah City Council recently requested the surplus military equipment to display as part of a plan to create a park dedicated to honoring members of the military on the city's southside.
Alderman Tony Thomas said he has been working with city staffers to develop the park, which he thought was especially appropriate due to the presence of Hunter Army Airfield nearby.
The city doesn't have any type of memorial or park in the southside to celebrate the military, Thomas said.
"It gave us an opportunity to do something significant to celebrate our military history and pay tribute to those who have served," he said.
The Veterans Memorial Park is being planned for a grassy lot along Abercorn at the southern end of the Truman, which was donated by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The park is also expected to include a walking trail, brick-lined honor garden, a small parking lot with an entrance on the access road that serves Plantation Oaks Apartments, and a 30-foot by 65-foot American flag on a 100-foot pole, Thomas said.
"That flag is going to be pretty significant when you're coming down the Truman or coming down Abercorn," he said. "I think it's going to be an outstanding park."
If provided, the military equipment would be extended loaned for free, but the city would have to pay for transportation costs, Thomas said. The project is expected to cost about $190,000 and is being funded using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds dedicated to district improvements, he said.
To kick off construction, a flag-raising event is being planned for July 3.