Work already underway for ‘ground slide’ on Coleman Hill

Staff reportJune 17, 2014 

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Miguel Arebalo wipes the sweat from his brow with his sleeve Tuesday, and Oscar Romero operates a compactor as the two work on a slide being built on Coleman Hill in Macon.

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Workers are wasting no time getting a new project rolling on Coleman Hill.

Work on a 67-foot ground slide on the park’s northeast slope began Monday, and it could mostly be done within a week, depending on the weather, said Efrain Tapia, a crew chief for CSolutions of Georgia.

The InTown Macon Neighborhood Association received a $30,000 grant from the Knight Neighborhood Challenge program in April 2013 to pay for the slide and a “natural playground.”

Workers are using a mini excavator to dig a trough for the slide. After that, they will add crush and run gravel, and a finishing coat of concrete will be poured and polished to a smooth finish.

The playground will include several large boulders -- and a new artistic sculpture. The sculpture will be an interactive component of play as well as a contemporary art element, according to a statement from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.

Inspired by Shel Silverstein’s “The Missing Piece,” the circular forms are intended to spark imaginations, inviting viewers to race up and down the hill.

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