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Community celebrates upgraded Frank Johnson Rec. Center

Everyone in the Unionville neighborhood knows the name Frank Johnson. The community leader  lovingly nicknamed "the Mayor of Unionville" passed away in November at age 89. Now, his legacy lives on through the work he put in while he was here.

The Frank Johnson Recreation Center (2227 Mercer University Drive) just went through $939,000 in voter-approved SPLOST-funded upgrades. At the ribbon cutting to unveil the new additions, Mr. Johnson's widow, Dorothy, and daughter, Cheryl, told stories and shared memories of the beloved patriarch. You can watch their remarks on MaconBibbTV's website. 

Blight demolitions on Wise Avenue to make way for multi-purpose field

Macon-Bibb County continued its attack on blight on Monday, March 20, by demolishing nine houses on Wise Avenue. This was the first phase of demolitions to clear that area to make way for a new multipurpose field to serve the Pleasant Hill neighborhood. You can see a photo rendering of that planned field below. The second phase of demolitions includes nine additional structures. A massive blight-attack plan is under way in Macon-Bibb.

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!