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Parks & Recreation needs your feedback

How do you utilize our parks and recreation centers? What would you like to see in them? Our Parks & Recreation Department wants to hear from you! They're conducting a survey of Macon-Bibb County residents to determine what needs are already met, what's needed, and what changes could benefit the entire community. You can fill out the survey by clicking this link. Also, follow the department on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

What do you want to see in Rosa Parks Square? Share your thoughts in public forum

Macon-Bibb County, the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority (UDA), and design firm HGOR will hold the third and final public meeting for the future design of Rosa Parks Square on Tuesday, March 28, in Commission Chambers in Government Center (700 Poplar Street) at 6:00 p.m. At this forum, HGOR will unveil the proposed design for Rosa Parks Square, and seek final feedback.  

Central City Park's new Skate Park dubbed 'the coolest place in Macon'

Whether you're a skater or not, you've got to admit our new skate park is pretty cool. Commissioner Larry Schlesinger says he doesn't plan on doing an kickflips off the rails anytime soon, but he did declare this park to be "the coolest place in Macon."

On Friday, March 17, our leaders, community partners, the Parks & Recreation Department and a big group of skating enthusiasts came to celebrate our new Skate Park. The park is part of a $3.7 million upgrade to Central City. Those upgrades also included new sidewalks, pavilions, multi-purpose fields, and infrastructure upgrades.

Variety show to feature community leaders, benefit youth commission

The 2017 Taste of Macon-Bibb Follies is slated for April 8 at the Historic Douglass Theater. There will be reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the show at 7 p.m. The variety show will feature performances from Mayor Robert Reichert, some of our commissioners, local leaders, fire department officials and more! It's all to benefit the Macon-Bibb County Youth Commission. The students in the commission get to learn up close how their local, state, and national governments operate through trips, programs, workshops, and activities. Click here to see a video featuring video from previous Follies performances. And visit the Youth Commission Facebook page to follow along with our young leaders' adventures.

Paws in the Park pairs rescue groups, Animal Welfare for dog show

Tobesofkee will be the site of the popular 'Paws in the Park' event this year! The dog show will feature playful pups competing for a prize. Awards will be given out in several categories including best dressed, best looking, owner/dog lookalike and more! It's happening from noon to 4 p.m. at Sandy Beach Park on Saturday, March 25. People will also have the chance to visit with, and even adopt a new furry friend. Click here for more information on Paws in the Park!

Neighborhood to use old Boy Scout hut in Henry Burns Park

The building in the picture above may be familiar to many of you - it housed Boy Scout Troop #5 starting in 1932. It's been empty for a while, but now a neighborhood association will be responsible for upkeep and use. They're renting it from the county for $1.00 a year. You can read more about the agreement in the commission resolution. 

Macon-Bibb resident Garrison Hammontree was part of Troop 5 and became an Eagle Scout in the 1960's when he was 13 years old. "This hut played a big role in my life as a child and as a teenager. I'm glad to see it's still standing and that there's a plan to take care of it. It's a big part of this community," said Hammontree.

Commission renames Rosa Jackson Center Gymnasium

The Rosa Jackson Recreation Center on Maynard Street just reopened after a year of major upgrades and renovations! There's a brand new gym, but the old gym holds many stories, and it's still there (pictured above.) Now, it will bear a name to match its legacy. The gym is now officially called the James E. Smith Gymnasium. The athlete and community leader has made major contributions to the surrounding neighborhoods and was Parks & Recreation Department's Rec Center Director from 1989 to 2015. You can read more about Mr. Smith here. 

To see photos from the ribbon cutting & family fun day at Rosa Jackson, visit our Facebook page. Don't forget to like, tag your friends, and share!