New Knight Challenge grants include Coleman Hill slide for kids

From staff reportsApril 2, 2013 

Funding for a 60-foot slide on Coleman Hill and a “spray pad” for children in Daisy Park are among the grants announced Tuesday by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.

The 11 awards, totaling nearly $250,000, are part of the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, a grant program to fund residents’ best ideas for strengthening the College Hill Corridor area. The grants, which range from about $2,000 to nearly $82,000, are the seventh round of funding out of 10 total cycles, according to a news release.

Grants this time around concentrate on ways to improve public parks in the corridor -- the area that connects Mercer University with downtown Macon -- to help attract residents.

Here’s a look at the new projects that received funding. Some of the projects are contingent on a master plan that the Parks and Recreation Department is developing for Daisy, Tower and Lanier parks, smaller parks in downtown Macon.

• Friends of Tattnall Square Park, woodland arboretum path and Oglethorpe/Adams Gateway of Tattnall Square Park, $81,782. This would recreate one of the original paths from the center of Tattnall Square Park to the corner of Oglethorpe and Adams streets, restoring a full diagonal path across the park and increasing walkability to the dog park nearby.

• Jay’s HOPE Foundation, Daisy Park Spray Pad Project, $40,000. This would create a spray pad in Daisy Park, near the Ronald McDonald House on Forsyth Street, for children to enjoy during hot Macon summers.

• InTown Macon Neighborhood Association, for the walking tour Lights on Macon III, $37,250.

• InTown Macon Neighborhood Association, Coleman Hill Natural Playground & Slide, $30,000. A natural playground and in-ground, 60-foot slide down the steep side of Coleman Hill Park. That’s the side of the park not being used now, said Julia Wood, director of donor services for the Community Foundation.

• Friends of Tattnall Square Park, Lawton Alley Gateway of Tattnall Square Park, $22,070. To aesthetically improve the gateway to Tattnall Square Park that is directly across from Lawton Alley.

• College Hill Alliance, Bike the Corridor, $11,323.

• Jamie Ragan, I Heart Macon: Creating the Icon, $10,000. To create the I Love Macon public art sculpture of the city’s logo in Tower Park, located off High Street.

• Koryn Young, College Hill FAM Tour, $5,400, for tours to help familiarize prospective residents.

• Macon Bibb County Parks & Recreation, Tattnall Square Sidewalk Chalk Festival, $5,000. To help organize a new Sidewalk Chalk Festival in Tattnall Square Park.

• Centenary Community Ministries Inc., Roving Listening Summer Project, $5,000. This year’s listening project will be in the Pleasant Hill neighborhood.

• Macon Bibb County Parks & Recreation, Yappy Hour, $1,950. Launching a Yappy Hour event at Tyler’s Place -- Macon’s off-leash dog park.

Since the Knight Neighborhood Challenge’s inception, the Community Foundation has awarded $1.9 million for 101 grants to improve retail and entertainment options in the College Hill Corridor.

Those who want to learn more about College Hill Corridor projects can contact the Community Foundation of Central Georgia at (478) 750-9338 or go to www.cfcga.org/knc.

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