A Gift to the Community by the Community
After the construction of the Downtown Connector, a leftover triangle of land adjacent to St. Luke's was an unsightly piece of dirt surrounded by a chain-link fence topped by barbed wire. In 1991, forward-thinking citizens decided to turn the 1.35 acres into a community park. With the support of the Georgia DOT, individuals and corporations donated money to beautify this space that became a gift “to the community by the community.”
Poet and Pulitzer Prize nominee Dr. Pinkie Gordon Lane wrote The Garden to honor the 1995 dedication of The Park at St. Luke’s:
We find our way into the garden
among begonias and pink roses.
They have masterminded consciousness,
governed the way we view the world.
Canna lilies, hydrangeas
flourish with a vengeance.
Subdued in their presence,
we are part of wind-borne
wildness and cultivated life nourished
by soil beneath the feet.
Let all invade the air,
rule the sculptured angles
of this church - -
in the rush of mornings
or resonating Sunday anthems
where light moves in and out
of eves. We feel the power
of The Garden - - life
still waiting to burst forth.
The structure stands
defined by all that breaths - -
reminder of the hands
that molded mortar, crafted art
cradled seeds to form the garden
of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
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