About this Sacred Place
Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (SAFE) is a community-based, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide meaningful opportunities for families, to contribute to the growth of its community, to improve quality of life and to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and families in Talladega County, Alabama.
BRIDGES is a program SAFE operates in four locations for Talladega County and City Schools, as well as Sylacauga City Schools. Students from B.B. Comer BRIDGES are within a short walking distance to the garden and play a vital role in assisting in maintaining the area.
In partnership with the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama, this Sacred Place provides a beautiful natural walkway facilitating peace and tranquility for the community. The circular pathway consists of several key areas including a handicap accessible walkway. The middle circle of the design contains four “nature rooms” filled with different plants, shrubs, herbs, flowers, and trees allowing for different scents, textures, and colors. A mix of fruits and vegetables found in the nature rooms awakens the senses, and the inner circle will contain a pizza garden that BRIDGES after-school students and volunteers will maintain. The surrounding area includes trees and fencing which block outside noise and distractions, allowing visitors to feel a sense of well-being within an area surrounded by nature.