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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.

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.

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.

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.

Bicycle tour, outdoor movie hosted as part of MACON CONNECTS Ideas Festival

Everyone is invited to take a bike tour of some of Macon-Bibb's newest or recently improved parks and greenspaces, including Tattnall Square Park, the Dog Park, Washington Park, Bernd Park, Daisy Park, and Oakhaven Park. The tour will end up in Oakhaven Park (at intersection of English and Oakhaven Avenues), where people will be enjoying an outdoor showing of The Avengers that will begin at dusk. “We’ve made a great deal of improvement to our parks, and even created some new ones,” says Parks & Beautification Director Stephen Lawson. “We really want to show people all that’s been done, let them experience a great family activity in one, and hear from them what they’d like to see us do in the future.” The tour is part of a series of events called the MACON CONNECTS Ideas Festival. From June 14-16, people will be able explore all possibilities for improving mobility and connections in Macon-Bibb.