Published December 18, 2008
MACON — Tori Heard Park, located at Mabel White Baptist Church, was completed in November and has been dedicated in memory of the seven-year-old girl for whom the park is named. Tori Heard, who was a member of the Bibb County Church located on Bass Road, was tragically killed in an automobile accident in October of 2006.
Friends of the Heard family, local businesses, and members of Mabel White Church contributed both time and money to the development of the park. Phase One of the park features two playing fields, a walking trail, a two-mile mountain bike trail, and a beautiful playground. The park also includes natural, quiet areas for meditation and prayer.
Joe McDaniel, associate pastor of Mabel White, explained, “The park itself will be open to Mabel White members, Sunday School classes, and organizations within the church, but we want the entire community to come and use this park.”
Kelli Heard, Tori’s mother, added, “Tori will not be able to play on this park, but there will be many children in the middle Georgia area that will be able to come and play here; Tori’s name will be honored.”
Kelli continued, “Volunteers played a great part in helping the park become a reality. We have had several workdays and have had men, women, and children out to help us with this project. We have pulled weeds and vines, cut grass, and moved and raked mulch to complete the project.”
The dedication ceremony was a fitting tribute to Tori, whose parents expressed their gratitude for those who had contributed physically or financially to the development of the park. Al Andrews, vice chairman of the elders at Mabel White, prayed a prayer of dedication. McDaniel was master of ceremonies for the occasion.
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