Urban Development Authority plans park, wants community input

lmorris@macon.comJanuary 23, 2014 

The Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority on Thursday reviewed preliminary plans for a neighborhood park prior to gathering community input next week.

Peggy Thompson with ZT3 Placemaker Studio showed authority members a preliminary sketch of the proposed park bordered by Bright and Second streets and Rosecrest and Edgewood avenues. The authority acquired the property in 2012.

“Keep in mind this is supposed to be a passive park ... for the neighborhood,” Thompson said. “So it won’t have much parking.”

A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Buck Melton Community Center, 150 Sessions Drive, to gather input from local churches and neighbors about what they would like to see in the park, she said.

It could possibly have benches, a playground and a large grassy area. It may have a pavilion at the corner of Rosecrest and Edgewood, which would give people “outstanding views,” she said.

In other business, the authority welcomed former Macon Councilman Rick Hutto as its newest member. Hutto replaces Rudell Richardson, who served eight years and whose term had expired.

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