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Forsyth Fort and Bandshell!
Perhaps the biggest and most prominent feature—and the one all residents and visitors of Savannah have surely noticed—is the large amphitheater outside, complete with fountain and brilliantly lit canopy. Glowing green to yellow to hot pink at night, the retractable canopy covers the new, beautifully designed band shell. Designed by former City Architect, Tom Perdue, the project has hit a few snafus since groundbreaking in 2004, but is now a beautiful addition to the city that everyone anxiously waited to see it open and running.
The bandshell and stage are encircled by a beautiful fountain area which beckons visitors in and welcomes them into the front of the visitor’s center. Despite all the unforeseen problems that come with the renovation of a nearly century old building, the construction has pushed through and the city is left with a beautiful renovated landmark that is sure to become a source of Savannah pride.
The bathrooms are already said to be some of, if not the nicest public restrooms in the city. That feature alone is certain to benefit the park, which before had no public restroom. Along with the leather furniture adorned restrooms, Forsyth Fort will house a visitor’s center, meeting room and a small café run by the staff of The Mansion, a gorgeous hotel located directly across the street from the Fort. While the City of Savannah owns the building, The Mansion is leasing the entire inside of the facility while the city will control the outside. The park will still be home to many favorite city events, but with the city’s new beautiful outdoor amphitheater, it eliminates the need to erect a stage.
It has taken five years and a reported $6.4 million dollars, but the Forsyth Fort and Bandshell made an impressionable public début.