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The Tree Lighting at Veterans Park, a holiday tradition

Tallasseee in Pictures:
City Parks

By Michael Butler

If there is an outdoor event in town, most likely it will take place at a park. Parks range from ballparks to picnic areas.

In Tallassee, there are several green spaces for frolicking or relaxing. The primary public parks in addition to playgrounds are Bell Park, Veterans Park and the recently added (for lack of a better title) Downtown Park.

E.W. Wadsworth wrote about the location in his book, "The History of Tallassee."

"The very front of the block facing Ann Street, was a beautiful park, with all kinds of shrubbery, with large oaks and magnolia tres, and many varieties of flowers. The Micou mansion stood in this beautiful park, but as business increased in Tallassee, it encroached upon the park grounds of the Micou home and finally the house, which was bought from Ben Micou by the Sistrunks, burned in 1909."

Ironically, 100 years later another fire sparked the park's renewal. The downtown fire of 2009 damaged the Hotel Talisi and destroyed the Smarty Pants Consignment Shop where the park now sits.

Former mayor George McCain had the property converted to a green space. Local historian Bill Goss proposed that the park be named, "Micou Park" as it originally was, but as of today it remains the park without a name.

Our parks are the focal points for visitors to Tallassee or those just through it.

The Micou Estate
Courtesy of "A History of Tallasee" by Virginia Golden

The Farmers Market on the City Hall green

The Funtastic Fort in East Tallassee

The playground at the Tallassee Dixie Youth Park

The seasonal changes of scenery at the Bell Park Fountain

The Bell Park gazebo after thunderstorm damage

Early stages of work to the green space and still unnamed park downtown

Downtown park next to Hotel Talisi

Jan Davidson has performed at Bell (left) and Veterans Park

Fun at Bell Park during Tallassee Now

The Garden Club helps with Christmas decorations each year like these at Veterans Park

The MLK Day Celebration at Bell Park

Caroling in the Park at Bell Park

Caroling in the Park

Barbeque masters at Tallassee Now

Celebrity Chelsea Handler on the City Hall green during the Tallassee Now Barbeque Contest

The Veterans Memorial

Pony riding time at Tallassee Now

Storybook reading on the City Hall green

The chicken wrap man stays busy during the Holiday Market at Veterans Park

The River City Band at Veterans Park

Holiday Market at Bell Park

The Farmers Market at City Hall

Pets love the local market

Santa has visited all of Tallassee's parks

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the City Hall Green

Memorial Day Service at Veterans Park

VFW ceremony at Veterans Park

James Bush singing, "God Bless the USA" at Veterans Park

Tallassee's Veterans Memorial recognizes those who have served

2016 Veterans Day Program

Watercolor of Veterans Park

Bell Park

Veterans Memorial

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