Daffin Park, at 80.4 acres, was Savannah's first major twentieth-century green space. The park's grand plan featured open green fields, tree-lined promenades, fountains, recreational facilities, and a kindergarten, all designed by Massachusetts landscape architect John Nolen.
It is conveniently situated on the east side of Savannah off of Victory Drive. With two circular nodes flanked by tree-lined diagonal avenues, Nolen planned the park in a formal Beaux Arts style. Daffin Park has a pool, a two-mile elevated, eight-foot-wide, handicap-accessible sidewalk, and a shorter 1/3-mile lighted sidewalk that runs alongside the lake.
Daffin Park, one of Savannah's most popular neighborhood meeting spots, has been serving the city's recreational and leisure needs for over a century.
The park plan was designed in 1907, but it took decades to execute.
Daffin Park's growth mirrors that of the nearby neighbourhoods as well as the city's social and recreational development during the twentieth century. Today, the park is bustling with activity, but the first century of Daffin Park's history is riddled with highs and lows, hardships and triumphs, tensions and compromises.
A playground, basketball courts, athletic fields, squash courts, a volleyball court, swimming pool, picnic area, and pavilion are all available at Daffin Park. Grayson Stadium, home of the Savannah Sand Gnats, a minor league baseball team, is located next to Daffin Park.
Daffin Park opened a barrier-free playground in the 1980s. The playground was named for Ashley Dearing, Jr., a former Savannah athlete who died of polio in the 1940s. It offered an outdoor recreational option for children with disabilities. At the time of its dedication, Dearing Playground was only the second of its kind in the world.
Daffin Park received a three-phase $3.5 million renovation package from the city in 2002. The city hired Robert and Company of Atlanta to plan the building. Additional clay tennis courts, more capacity for soccer and football, better lighting, the restoration of the original fountain at the mall's west end, the reconstruction of the mall's east side fountain, which was included in Nolen's original concept, improved parking, concrete sidewalks, an improved seating area on the Bee Road side, modern playground facilities, a running path, and enhanced drainage were all part of the proposal.
Daffin Park has been a cultural meeting spot for Savannahians of all ages, new and old, for over a century, to watch and partake in numerous athletic activities such as baseball, rugby, soccer, tennis, and basketball, as well as to pool, stroll, hunt, skate, picnic, and rest.
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These amazing parks are located just down the street from our location at just of Outlets Way at 201 Tanger Outlets Blvd #710. Stop by for a visit anytime