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The City of Columbia, in collaboration with Maury County Government, unveiled "The Polks at Preservation Park" on Friday, November 3, 2023, at 4:00 PM, in Columbia, TN. The unveiling ceremony featured distinguished speakers, including elected officials from the City of Columbia and Maury County Government, who celebrated the historical significance of this project. This project was initiated seven years ago through the dedicated efforts of former City Council Member Mike Greene and City Manager Tony Massey.
City Mayor Chaz Molder stated, “I am so proud of what has been accomplished at Preservation Park, now a centerpiece of our downtown district. I am most proud of all of the community partners who had a hand in bringing this Park to fruition, and believe this Park will stand the test of time for generations to come.”
The central focus of the park is life-size bronze statues of President James K. Polk and First Lady Sarah Polk, symbolizing the importance of President Polk's legacy and the rich history of Columbia. The Polks at Preservation Park is strategically located directly across the street from the James K. Polk Home & Museum, offering a unique opportunity for historical reflection and a place for the community to gather. City Manager Tony Massey stated, “This is the perfect addition to the W Seventh Streetscape. It will be enjoyed for generations to come as we honor President James K. Polk and First Lady Sarah Polk.” Massey went on to say, “The Polks at Preservation Park is a previous strategic planning goal by Columbia City Council. City Public Works crews, under the direction of Director Jeff Dewire, and Parks and Recreation maintenance crews, under the direction of Director Mack Reagan, did the majority of the work for the downtown historic park. Their efforts saved the Columbia taxpayer approximately $100,000.”
The Polks at Preservation Park represents an achievement that highlights the commitment of the City of Columbia to preserving Columbia’s rich history. The City looks forward to residents and visitors finding inspiration and meaning in our city's historical roots.