Picking up after your pup just got a little easier in Macon.
Twenty-six dog waste stations have been added to parks across downtown, and five more are set to be added in the coming months.
The Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission and Macon-Bibb Parks and Beautification are partners in the $7,000 project, which was funded through a Downtown Macon Challenge Grant, said Pam Carswell, president of the commission. The second round of the grant will replace trash containers and add recycling bins downtown.
Carswell said residents have been asking for dog waste stations for a long time, and she’s received a lot of positive response so far. With more lofts and outdoor dining options, the area gets a lot of traffic from pet owners and their dogs.
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“We have provided everything that a pet owner needs to keep our parks beautiful and dog-litter free,” she said. “Just pick up your pet waste and we’ll take it from there. We even provide the bags for you to do it.”
The stations consist of a green box holding waste bags mounted onto a post. They are placed along leisure or green areas, many where public events are often held or close to lofts, Carswell said.
Multiple sites can be found along Third, Mulberry and Poplar streets. Coleman Hill, Cherry Street Plaza, Washington Park, Rosa Parks Square, Rotary Park and Dr. William G. Lee Camellia Gardens are among the other locations. Five stations will be installed along Heritage Trail when construction along the trail allows, said Macon-Bibb Parks and Beautification Assistant Director Sam Kitchens.
“It promotes the responsible and respectable ways to pick up after your pet,” Kitchens said. “Each (station) is strategically located, and there should be a trash can within sight of these waste stations.”
The Parks and Beatification department will handle stocking and emptying the stations, which will be cleaned at least once a week. The project will keep Macon’s parks inviting to visitors as well as residents, he said.
Andrea Honaker: 478-744-4382, @andi384
Dog waste stations
- Third Street at Mulberry, Plum and Walnut streets and at the fountain;
- Mulberry Street at First Street, between First and Second streets, between Second and Third streets, and between Third Street and Mulberry Street Lane;
- Poplar Street between Second and Third streets, between Third Street and Third Street Lane, and at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard;
- Heritage Trail at Central City Park, MLK bridge, Second Street bridge, Spring Street Landing and Glenridge Drive;
- Washington Park;
- G. Bernd Park;
- Coleman Hill;
- Otis Redding Park/Gateway Park;
- Rosa Parks Square;
- Confederate Monument;
- Daisy Park;
- Rose Park;
- Tower Park;
- High Street Park;
- Cherry Street Plaza;
- Rotary Park;
- Jackson Springs;
- Dr. William G. Lee Camellia Gardens.