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Macon-Bibb officials eye turning greenspace into fishing site

Macon-Bibb leaders visit south Macon greenspace

Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Larry Schlesinger discusses the possibilities for a property purchased in 2004. The land is located off Antioch Road.
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Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Larry Schlesinger discusses the possibilities for a property purchased in 2004. The land is located off Antioch Road.

A secluded Macon property could be turned into a new park where people will be able to fish in a small lake.

Various Macon-Bibb County officials said Friday they are excited about the prospects of the 21.7 acres of greenspace after visiting the south Macon site off Antioch and Cliffview roads. Many of the acres remains heavily wooded, although there is a trail for people to get to the lake.

"I think we as a county need to do something to enhance this area for the neighborhood," said Commissioner Larry Schlesinger, who represents the district where the property is located.

Among the ideas discussed Friday were turning a part of the land off Antioch Road into a parking lot and adding other amenities. Mayor Robert Reichert said in order for the property to better connect together, the county could also look at purchasing a small parcel of nearby land and condemn another portion since an owner could not be found through a title search.

"The good news is there (are) water and sewer (lines) throughout so if you wanted to we could add a restroom," County Engineer Dave Fortson said.

The land was bought in 2004 through a Georgia Greenspace Trust grant that aimed to preserve at least 20 percent of the land in each of Georgia's counties.

Commissioner Elaine Lucas was serving on the Macon City Council when the land was one of multiple properties purchased as part of the greenspace program. When Mayor C. Jack Ellis left office, Lucas said she and others forgot about the Cliffview site until Ellis brought it to the attention of county leaders again. She said Friday that she looked forward to what could happen to the property.

"We could leave a lot of the nature and create some more space for fishing," Lucas said.

To contact writer Stanley Dunlap, call 744-4623 or find him on Twitter@stan_telegraph.

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