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Start of construction at Rosa Jackson Recreation Center celebrated

A major overhaul is coming to the Rosa Jackson Recreation Center in East Macon-Bibb. To hear from the construction team, the head of the Recreation Department, and the Commission about how this upgraded recreation center will affect Fort Hill and East Macon-Bibb, click here.

People in the Fort Hill neighborhood can look forward to a new gym ready for basketball and volleyball, updated bathrooms, a brand new building, two exercise rooms, a welcome center, a computer lab- and that’s just the inside. Outside, there will be new courts, a new pavilion, playground- and most exciting: a splash pad for kids of all ages. For more information about the SPLOST and how this project fits in Macon-Bibb’s Strategic Plan, click here.

 

Henry Burns Park receiving additional SPLOST funding

The Commission approved transferring $43,000 in voter-approved SPLOST funds from Recreation Land Acquisition Fund to help create a master plan for Henry Burns Park, which is on the corner of Ingleside Drive and Ridge Avenues. It has already received $40,000 in SPLOST-funded improvements of the $95,000 that was originally budgeted.

To read the full resolution, click here.

Macon-Bibb’s Quality of Life was identified as a Focus Area for its first Forward Together Strategic Plan, and upgrading and improving parks and recreation centers – especially with the use of SPLOST funds – are a key component of that effort.  

 

 

Revitalization beginning in East Macon-Bibb’s Mill Hill Arts Village

In what’s called Macon-Bibb’s first neighborhood, there sits an old, abandoned auditorium. But with a little assistance, this building will be a vibrant center for the arts in Macon-Bibb and the center of neighborhood revitalization. The goal is to create a spot where people from all walks of life, and all skill levels can come and hone their craft, learn a new one, or just enjoy the talents of others.

Thanks to money from six Macon-Bibb Commissioners’ blight funds, an anonymous donor, the Macon Arts Alliance, and several other community partners, Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village is under construction. Watch the video to hear about how this came together, and why it matters so much to the whole community. 

 

SPLOST funds approved for three recreation projects

he Macon-Bibb Commission approved using more than $400,00 in voter-approved SPLOST funds for three recreation projects. This money was originally budgeted for Land Acquisition. The projects include:

·      $18,960 for recreation equipment;

·      $21,600 to purchase equipment at Historic Bowden Golf Course; and

·      $360,405 for ballfield renovations at North Macon Park. 

To read the full resolution, click here.

Bowden Golf Course fees change

The Commission approved lowering the annual membership fee at Charles L. Bowden Golf Course to $600 and changing the daily fee to $20 for Monday through Thursday play, and to $25 for Friday through Sunday play. These changes aim to increase membership and daily place at the historic Bowden Golf Course.

To read the full resolution, click here.

Pedestrian Fatality Review Board developing safety education campaign

The Commission approved requesting funds from either the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office or Macon-Bibb’s General Fund, and from the Macon-Bibb Board of Health, to fund a campaign aimed at educating the public about pedestrian and traffic safety, in the hopes of putting a stop to deaths along our roadways

To read the full resolution, click here.

As part of its first Forward Together Strategic Plan, the Commission identified Safe Neighborhoods & Safe Communities to be one of its priority Focus Areas. The Pedestrian Fatality Review Board is seeking ways to make roads safer for pedestrians and creating a more walkable city.

Macon-Bibb holding forum on potential Brownfields

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields program, Macon-Bibb County will hold a public forum on Tuesday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. in Commission Chambers at Government Center (700 Poplar Street).

“In order to continue the revitalization of our community and attract new development and businesses, we need to determine the sites that are ready or can be made ready,” says Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert.