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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.

Increasingly Enlightened: Mayor Reichert outlines vision for the future in annual address

At the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 State of the Community Luncheon, Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert spoke to the crowd of leaders, officials, and business professionals about how bright the future is for our community. In fact, he called it increasingly enlightened! You can read the mayor's speech here, and to watch his remarks, visit MaconBibb.TV. To see a gallery of photos from the event, click here.

Hundreds march with message of peace and unity

At this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, people gathered at Recreation Centers in the North, East, West, and South parts of Macon-Bibb, then all marched to meet downtown at Government Center. Mayor Robert Reichert spoke about how old Dr. King was when he gave his iconic 'I Have a Dream Speech.' King was only 34 years old. Reichert then challenged everyone- no matter how young or old, to make a difference in their community. You can watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the march, here. 

Commissioners receive report on Macon-Bibb’s FY16 financial audit

On Tuesday, January 24, Mauldin & Jenkins presented Macon-Bibb County’s first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) to the Commission, which is based on its audit of the county’s finances for July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016. While Mauldin & Jenkins has conducted audits of the government’s finances in the past, this is the first time a CAFR has been completed because those previous audits provide the historical data needed for comparisons and trends.

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.