The finishing touches remain to be done for two projects in Macon’s Coleman Hill Park, while a third is awaiting forms to create concrete circle sculptures.
“We hope to have all the existing projects in by September,” said Bridget Wright, who wrote two of the grants. “There will be Knight (Foundation) officials visiting then, so our hope is that they will be completed for their visit.”
Wright wrote a grant for a 64-foot dual concrete slide down the steep northern face of the hill, as well as for a walking trail to replace a washed out car track.
The finishing touches on the walking trail include a concrete stain to match the weathered look of the existing concrete on the track. The final pieces for the slide include rails and an extra sanding to smooth a few rough patches, Wright said.
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“You can slide down it; you just have to realize you may end up with a few scrubbies,” she said.
A third grant is paying to install a sculpture by Kathy Wright, an acclaimed artist and Macon native. The sculpture is awaiting fabrication of the forms to make a series of circular sculptures that will appear to cascade down the hill.
Wright, who lives near the park and began writing grants for it when she was president of the Intown Macon Neighborhood Association, also said a Boy Scout is working on his Eagle Scout project to move benches from around the concrete stage in the park up to the top of the hill. The city is re-landscaping the area around the stage as well as relocating a street light.
All of the improvements will make it a much more inviting park, Wright said. And it all will add up to big changes for the park.
“We hope people will want go to the park, play in the park, walk in the park (and) take pictures in the park,” Wright said.
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