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Island Groups Celebrate Harrington Park Construction

Supporters of Harrington Park on St. Simons Island are celebrating the upcoming construction of park improvements, now that the Glynn County Board of Commissioners has allocated more than $300,000 for the project.

The mid-island park on South Harrington Road is being developed on 11 acres of land surrounding the Harrington School, the former one-room schoolhouse where African-American children were educated from 1920 to the mid-1950s.

Speaking for the St. Simons Land Trust, which, along with the county, acquired the property in 2004, Executive Director Ben Slade said, "Harrington Park is in the tradition of the Land Trust's support of parks and trails on St. Simons Island."

Donna Livingston Hoh, president of the Harrington Community Association, said, "We're very pleased that this park has come to fruition. We think it's going to be a boon to our community. As a real estate associate broker, I can tell you that property values go up anytime you have a park in the neighborhood." She added that the association appreciated the help of Dale Provenzano and other county officials in making sure the park came to be.

The property contains ecologically sensitive wetlands, as well as two ponds that provide habitat for federally endangered wood storks and other native wildlife. The original design of the park was funded by the Land Trust as a result of a donation by the DeLong-Sweet Foundation.

Construction of concrete walking trails, benches, and viewing platforms overlooking the ponds is expected to begin as soon as the contractor, Swindell Construction Co., completes all paperwork, according to David Hainley, Glynn County Community Development Director. The work should be completed within 180 days at a cost of $334,590, to be funded by SPLOST 5.