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West Macon park receives much-needed facelift

Neighborhood park receives much overdue renovations

Macon-Bibb County officials celebrated the renovations to Hillcrest Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning. New playground equipment, sidewalks, pavilion and basketball courts highlight the renovations.
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Macon-Bibb County officials celebrated the renovations to Hillcrest Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning. New playground equipment, sidewalks, pavilion and basketball courts highlight the renovations.

A west Macon park has received some much-needed attention.

A ribbon cutting was held on crisp Thursday morning at Hillcrest Park where $175,000 of upgrades have been completed. The park now has two new basketball courts, a pavilion and playground equipment.

Outdated restrooms were also torn down, new sidewalks and fencing have been installed and landscaping work was performed.

County Commissioner Bert Bivins used his blight bond money to pay for the park renovations.

“It’s exciting to see this blight taken care of, thanks to Commissioner Bivins,” Macon-Bibb blight consultant Cass Hatcher said in a statement. “Hillcrest Park is heavily used by the neighborhood, and it was falling apart. With these funds and commission leadership, we’ve been able to begin providing people the type of space they deserve.”

Hillcrest Park, 2280 Hillcrest Ave., is situated near Miller Magnet Middle School.

Stanley Dunlap: 478-744-4623, @stan_telegraph

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