The pavilion area was in decline in 2011: cracking paint and rotten wood made for an unsightly pavilion, while no benches or seating areas welcomed parents to the busy Tattnall Square Park playground. First, FOTSP spent more than a thousand volunteer hours repainting the pavilion in a Natasha Phillips-Katy Olmsted in a historic four-color paint design.
Then FOTSP consulted with gardener Cathy Dillard and landscape architect Bill Murphy to create a beautiful seating wall, plaza, and garden area near the pavilion. The gently serpentine granite wall has provided shelter from the sun and rest for parents while their children play on the playground, while the brick plaza has offered a space for small events. The entire project was funded by a Knight Neighborhood Challenge grant and inspired by a design by Mercer students Sarah Reid and Erin Griffin.