Posted on May 5, 2014 by Taylor Kigar
Morrell Park is the only Savannah park that’s right on the river. Located on the East end of River Street next to the Olde Harbor Inn, it’s about 236 feet x 26 feet long and unofficially sports the softest grass in the city.
The park is home to two monuments, the first Savannah’s famous Waving Girl statue honoring Florence Martus. It was said that Martus greeted every ship that came into the Savannah port between 1887 and 1931, waving them down with a white handkerchief or lantern. Martus was the daughter of an ordnance sergeant at Fort Pulaski, living on Elba Island with her brother and border collie. Though there are several speculations as to why she waved down every boat, one of them being that she was waiting for a sailor she fell in love with to return; the true reason is still a mystery.
Located just right next to The Waving Girl is a monument representing the cauldron that was lit for the Olympic yachting events held in Savannah in 1996. It was created by Ivan Bailey, and the five columns not only pay tribute to the the five Olympic rings, but the style of the columns pay homage to the Greek heritage of the games. Sometimes Morrell park hosts yoga events, though it’s a perfect spot to take a rest from the hard cobblestones and crowds of River Street.