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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.

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.

New name, new look at Theron Ussery Park

On Friday, March 10, the community gathered at the recreation facility formerly known as North Macon Park to officially unveil SPLOST upgrades, and announce the renaming of the park. It's now 'Theron Ussery Park' in honor of the former Macon city councilman, and current member of the SPLOST Advisory Committee. Upgrades at the park include new bleachers, fencing, dugouts, and covers. After the ribbon cutting, Mr.

Baseball could return to Luther Williams Field

Baseball is coming back to historic Luther Williams Field in Central City Park! Commissioners voted to approve an agreement with SRO Partners LLC to bring a Costal Plains League Team to Macon-Bibb.

Major upgrade coming to Henry Burns Park

Henry Burns Park (at the corner of Ingleside and Ridge Avenues) is a popular place, but it's small. In an effort to maximize the impact of the space we have Commissioners approved a plan to bring $709,250 worth of work to the area. Ogles Construction, Inc will handle the renovations.

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.