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A master plan unveiled Tuesday for the subsouth recreation facility received support of two Macon-Bibb County committees as it included some of the features wanted by residents and the tennis community.

The Economic and Community Development Committee as well as the Operations and Finance Committee approved the master plans and financing for the first phase of several recreation facilities in the county. The plan includes spending $7.6 million in the first phase of the facility in the subsouth area of the county.

Commissioners will vote on the committees’ recommendations July 21.

The first phase of the subsouth recreation facility includes six tennis courts, two multi-purpose fields, a track, basketball gym and an outdoor pool that could be formatted to be indoors in a later phase.

The subsouth facility had drawn interest from a tennis community that wanted as many as 24 courts to attract tournaments.

The cost for building 24 tennis courts is about $600,000.

The plans include space to add the extra tennis courts and the other amenities asked for by residents. The total project would top $15 million. The next phases of development for this project and several others would be funded by future special purpose local option sales tax money.

“What I think we presented allows us to compress construction to half the site and still allows room for other plans,” said SPLOST Project Manager Clay Murphey.

Other plans approved Tuesday include recreation facilities at Central City Park and renovations and expansions to the Memorial Park, Rosa Jackson and Frank Johnson recreation centers.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Stanley Dunlap, call 744-4623.