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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!

 

More money coming to continue Filmore Thomas Park plan

Filmore Thomas Park is less than a year old and leaders are already planning ways to enhance the popular spot even more! Phase Two of the new Filmore Thomas Park will include a multi-use field, second entrance and parking lot, a pedestrian bridge, and sidewalk. Commissioners voted to approve $23,000 in blight funds to pay Rowland Engineering to form the plan for phase two. You can read more about it here. 

To see a MaconBibbTV video on the park's grand opening festivities, click here.

Enhanced efforts under way to cut down on litter

It takes a lot of work to keep our community free of trash and debris. Last year, from July to December, volunteers and probationers picked up 997 bags of litter along our major roads and intersections. Just this year from January 10 to February 8, Public Works has picked up 645 bags of litter.

Last year we provided support for 236 neighborhood cleanups that yielded more than 787 tons of junk! That includes stuff like old tires and appliances dumped in empty lots. As our crews cut the grass around town, they pick up trash in the process. Last year they collected 42 tons of debris. 

In an effort to combat this ongoing battle, The Bibb County Sheriff's office is ramping up efforts to enforce litter citations and catch people who trash our turf. You can read the resolution here.

Commissioner shares personal connection to upgraded Memorial Park Recreation Center

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Competition Boxing this weekend at Freedom Park

The Macon-Bibb United Boxing Club is hosting a boxing tournament at Freedom Park on Saturday, February 11. Entry is just $10 (children under 5 are free), doors open at noon, and the competition begins at 1:00 p.m.

Competitors are amateur boxers from around Georgia, including nine members of the Macon-Bibb United Boxing Club. Boxers wanting to compete can still register by calling the Club at 478-751-9248. Weigh-in begins that morning at 9:00 a.m.

Hundreds attend kickoff of “Live Well in Maconga” wellness initiative

On Wednesday, June 8, the Macon-Bibb County Human Resources Department held its first “Live Well in Maconga” Wellness Fair for its employees, and more than 450 employees attended were able to learn about the new wellness program and ways in which their entire families can live healthier lives.

Throughout the day, they visited 25 different health and wellness vendors; get free biometric screenings (blood pressure, height, weight, and body mass); participate in seminars on surviving the heat, how to prevent chronic disease, the Zika Virus, budgeting, and more; sample healthy food and learn how to cook them; and see fitness demonstrations.

To find out which people and departments won that day’s prizes,
and to see pictures from the exciting day, click here.