Warner Robins planning new park at Walker’s Pond

mstucka@macon.comJuly 7, 2014 

Walker's Pond, site of a planned Warner Robins park, is seen in this aerial photo taken in 2013 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Houston Mall is to the left; Green Street is above this image.

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WARNER ROBINS -- The city could build a new park relatively quickly if City Council concurs with residents’ plans for a scaled-back design.

Councilman Mike Davis said Monday that neighbors around Walker’s Pond didn’t like the city’s proposals for several pavilions and a splash pad. Davis said he favors a scaled-down measure that would feature a pavilion and a track that runs about two-thirds of a mile around the 26-acre pond, which is close to the old Houston Mall.

The result, Davis said, would be a park that would be great for walking and picnicking.

City Council approved $6,000 for design development at the park. The city owns the site, which is overgrown and undeveloped.

Davis suggested that he and Council members Carolyn Robbins and Clifford Holmes should work as a council subcommittee to oversee the park. He suggested other council members could oversee a park planned along Horse Show Road, near Russell Parkway and Corder Road. City Council members also have talked about developing a recreation complex on Houston Road at Elberta Road.

Council members also voted Monday to allocate $5,000 for a long-discussed traffic study of Leisure Lake Drive, which has a troubled intersection with Moody Road.

The council unanimously agreed to donate city labor to an effort to prepare and pave new parking areas for Happy Hour. The organization for people with disabilities didn’t have handicapped parking for workers who drive themselves and is due for a facilities inspection next month.

An exact cost was not available Monday. Happy Hour will pay for materials and some other professional services.

The council also agreed to contribute $7,795 to Special Olympics Georgia. An organizer said a bowling tournament has had a $2.85 million economic impact to the city.

Council members also recognized Amanda Miliner, who was named Georgia’s teacher of the year. Miliner, who is now on a leave of absence from Miller Elementary School, said she’s not the best teacher nor the most experienced, but she said she is honored to travel the state speaking on behalf of other teachers.

A planned discussion of a club for young gay people did not happen during Monday’s meeting.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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