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Construction nears for Macon skate park

Hundreds of Southern Rock at fans spread their lawn chairs and eased into comfortable music in November at Skydog69 in Central City Park where the only price of admission was a contribution of food to the needy.
Hundreds of Southern Rock at fans spread their lawn chairs and eased into comfortable music in November at Skydog69 in Central City Park where the only price of admission was a contribution of food to the needy. bcabell@macon.com

The construction of a new skate park in Macon could begin this summer.

The urban skate park will be part of $3.7 million in improvements planned for Central City Park off Willie Smokie Glover Drive. During Tuesday's Macon-Bibb County Commission meeting, a proposal to accept a $5,000 grant for the project was sent to the commission's Operations and Finance Committee.

The committee next week is expected to discuss the grant that would come from a foundation created by skateboard legend Tony Hawk.

The county has $400,000 of the $3.7 million in special purpose local option sales tax money set aside for the first phase of the skate park. Central City's improvements should be completed prior to the start of the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival, said SPLOST project coordinator Clay Murphey.

The skate park's first phase will include rails, stairs and benches for skateboarders to use. There will be a better idea of how much can be built once the construction bids return, he said.

"The idea is that it will be built in two phases with an urban skate plan and (then) a more traditional skate park with ramps and tubes," Murphey said prior to Tuesday's meeting.

The layout for the skate park was developed with input from the skateboarding community, which also recommended that California-based SITE Design Group draw the blueprints.

Overall, Central City Park's upgrades will include new sidewalks, restrooms, pavilions and a playground. Also, four multi-purpose fields for soccer and football will be built, Murphey said.

"We should start demolishing (Central City's) old buildings right after Cherry Blossom Festival," Murphey said. "The buildings have already had their asbestos removed and have been remediated. The construction should start in June."

ELECTIONS OFFICE LEASE APPROVED

County officials approved a lease for a new location of the Macon-Bibb County Elections office.

The lease clears the way to begin relocating the office in early August to the former Shoe Carnival building at 2525 Pio Nono Ave.

The county will lease the space at $8,366 per month over a seven-year period. Because the county is paying some of the rent up front, the owner is providing six months of free rent, Assistant County Manager Charles Coney said Tuesday.

FIRE STATION GETS $2 MILLION

Commissioners approved two resolutions Tuesday to help pay for the construction of a Jeffersonville Road fire station that's estimated to cost $2 million to $2.5 million.

About $2 million in leftover SPLOST money from two other completed fire stations will be used to build the station. Construction of the Jeffersonville Road station and another fire station on Napier Avenue could begin by July, according to county officials.

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

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