Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2018

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>> Deep in the heart of Bouthern Georgia, in a city with rich his- tory and Southern charm, winds the first major trading route to con- nect Savannah, Georgia, with Nashville, Tennesse. According to JR Olive, board member of Friends of Tattnall Square Park, a community group established in the 1990s, "This historical road began as a migratory path for mastodons after the Ice Age. Later, the Paleo and Muscogee Indians used it as a hunting trail." The story goes that after thousands of years, this widely used trail was eventually transformed into the Old Federal Highway under President Thomas Jefferson. Today, Tattnall Square Park is the second oldest urban park in all of Georgia. Realizing that the trail's history might soon be forgotten, Friends of Tattnall Square Park united together on a project that included using acidic liquids to create a captivating design on top of existing concrete pads located in the park. "This historical marker has been in the planning stages for 10 years," says Olive. He, along with the community, felt that if the two 25-foot diameter Mastodons Made the First Highway Here by Leah Meyer, Independent Writer 8 LC DBM Top Tattnall Square Park, located in Macon, Georgia, will have its history preserved for many years to come with two beautiful installments of decorations on existing concrete pads. The entire project took several weekends to complete, and the end result is spectacular. Eloquent Americana word- age etched into the concrete itself, coupled with an appeal- ing design, pays tribute to the historic legacy of the area. Bottom "The first weekend we cleaned and acid stained the pads using Kemiko's Golden Wheat, Malay Tan and Vintage Umber," states Tamryn Doolan, co-owner of Surface Gel Tek. "Acid stains and concrete go together like peanut butter and jelly. The stains react with and burn into the concrete creating a natural marbling that is difficult, at best, to simulate any other way." History is Preserved Through Decorative Concrete HARDSCAPES Continued on page 10

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