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Bicycle tour, outdoor movie hosted as part of MACON CONNECTS Ideas Festival

Everyone is invited to take a bike tour of some of Macon-Bibb's newest or recently improved parks and greenspaces, including Tattnall Square Park, the Dog Park, Washington Park, Bernd Park, Daisy Park, and Oakhaven Park. The tour will end up in Oakhaven Park (at intersection of English and Oakhaven Avenues), where people will be enjoying an outdoor showing of The Avengers that will begin at dusk. “We’ve made a great deal of improvement to our parks, and even created some new ones,” says Parks & Beautification Director Stephen Lawson. “We really want to show people all that’s been done, let them experience a great family activity in one, and hear from them what they’d like to see us do in the future.” The tour is part of a series of events called the MACON CONNECTS Ideas Festival. From June 14-16, people will be able explore all possibilities for improving mobility and connections in Macon-Bibb.

Animal rescue groups hosting Happy Tails Adoption Event

On Saturday, June 4, Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare and partners will hold the first Happy Tails Adoption Event from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the shelter (4214 Fulton Mill Road). People can come to the shelter to see what animals are available for adoption there and with several local rescue groups, including Peach County Animal Rescue, Pawsome Southern Rescue, Gentle Gians, All About Animals, Pixel, and Furever After.

“We wanted to open our doors to the general public and show them what great animals there are at Animal Welfare and with our local and regional rescue groups,” says Director Sonja Adams. “I want to thank our partners in the rescue community for their continued support and for being part of this event. Our entire staff is looking forward to helping host more of these throughout the year as we work together to find permanent homes for these animals.”

Macon-Bibb offices closed for Memorial Day

Macon-Bibb County government offices will be closed on Monday May 30, 2016. Solid waste, yard waste, and recycling pickup will be delayed one day that week, so if you’re regular pickup day is Monday, it will be Tuesday. To learn which day pickup is for your area please visit our Solid Waste website. Emergency services will be maintained that day. The landfill will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

MaconBibbTV features Frank Johnson Rec Center groundbreaking

One of the most popular places in Macon-Bibb’s Unionville neighborhood is the Frank Johnson Recreation Center…but it was in need of some repairs and upgrades. Now, thanks to the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), the Center is getting $939,000 worth of them. 

Watch this MaconBibbTV feature to hear from Johnson’s wife, Dorothy,
and project leaders about what’s coming to the recreation center.

Improvements and upgrades include a welcoming new entrance, a computer lab, new open meeting spaces, security upgrades, new bathrooms, doors, paint, and more! And that’s just Phase 1 of the overall plan. Phase 2 will include a new gym and weight room. 

National Reentry Week community resource fair Wednesday

The United States Department of Justice has designated April 24 – 30, 2016 as National Reentry Week. Major steps have been taken to make the criminal justice system just, fair, and effective at reducing recidivism. In recognition of National Reentry Week, the Macon Reentry Coalition (MRC), a local nonprofit that connects returning citizens to resources, will host a free event open to the public.

On Wednesday, April 27 beginning at 9:00 a.m., the Macon Reentry Coalition will hold a meeting and resource fair at the Goodwill Helms Career Center (240 Broadway). Local representatives from education, housing, counseling, health, veteran services and employment agencies will answer questions and assist in making referrals. Light refreshments will be available.

Former school in East Macon becoming affordable senior housing

For the first time in more than 30 years, a new place for low-income seniors to live is coming to East Macon-Bibb. The Hunt School Village is under construction now, and it will be a 60-unit affordable rental housing development for persons 62 and older.

The $11.8-million-dollar development is possible thanks to partnership between Macon-Bibb County, In-Fill Housing, Inc., the Macon-Bibb County Housing Authority, and Stafford Builders and Consultants. 

District 3 Commissioner Elaine Lucas sees a lot of potential for the entire community because of this development. “This is an example of something wonderful that’s happening where we have this eyesore,” she says.

To read more about the East Macon-Bibb development
and watch a MaconBibbTV feature on this partnership, click here.

Additional SPLOST funds allocated to new Filmore Thomas Park

Macon-Bibb commissioners voted at its March 15 meeting to move $60,000 in SPLOST funds from Recreation Land Acquisition to Filmore Thomas Park. The Park, which is currently under construction on Log Cabin Drive, is one residents have looked forward to for more than three decades.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the groundbreaking ceremony on the site.