New improvements coming to Macon's Amerson Park | News
Six million dollars and six years of planning will soon produce several upgrades to Macon's Amerson Park.
Those improvements include 7.5 miles of paved trails, a canoe takeout spot, two new pavilions, parking lots, and a river overlook.
It's funded by a federal grant earmarked by Congressman Jim Marshall in 2007.
"There was an extensive planning process to make sure that we were doing the correct improvements, some public involvement, a lot of work with the trail executive committee, Newtown Macon, City of Macon. Then also, once we got the trail concept, with the federal funding, there's an extensive environmental process that has to be followed," says Scott William with Cranston Engineering Group.
He says his group will be ready to help turn the design into reality starting in February. He hopes construction will be finished within a year.
Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert says he believes the upgrades will be worth the wait.
"A 200-acre park, right in the middle, right off North Pierce Avenue, where you'll be able to go and enjoy nature, and the river, and a canoe launch," says Reichert. "Just a wonderful amenity for everyone in the community."