WARNER ROBINS -- The Warner Robins Redevelopment Agency is thinking about laying out a better welcome mat to the city.
On Monday, agency members discussed proposals for a city park that could be built next to the Warner Robins Law Enforcement Center, itself already intended to help launch a classier entranceway along Watson Boulevard from Ga. 247 and Robins Air Force Base.
The park would be centered on an oval “activity lawn,” about 125 feet long. Advocates said it could be used for smaller activities, including concerts.
Jim Taylor, a community activist with Wellston Trees and Greens, said it could spur further redevelopment of Watson Boulevard.
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“Who wouldn’t want to have a business across the street from something like that?” he asked.
Taylor plans to get price estimates and begin soliciting pledges of help from potential partners this week.
The site now is largely flat, with swales of grass under some trees. Taylor presented a proposal that shows the activity lawn partially enclosed by wetland and water retention areas. Large trees would also encircle much of the lawn. Parking would be in back, along Marshall Avenue. A sign up front could welcome people to Warner Robins.
Taylor said the city could begin building the park for as little as $50,000. The city is beginning a master planning process for its recreation department, and Taylor said the park should be fit into the plan.
Separately, Redevelopment Agency members agreed to support the renaming of a property after a 16-year mayor. Executive Director Gary Lee proposed renaming the existing Village at Town Center development, located off Davis Drive, to the Donald S. Walker Business Park. Lee said Walker was instrumental in creating the business park, including getting Georgia Military College to move there.
The recommendation on the name change goes to the City Council.
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