Construction of the second phase of Filmore Thomas Park is underway thanks to the work of WLS Construction, Inc. and funding from the Commission’s Blight Remediation Program. With approximately $376,000, the popular park on Log Cabin Road will receive new walking trails, a pedestrian bridge across the creek that runs through the middle of the park, a parking lot off of Hollingsworth Road, and open fields. The community is expected to be enjoying the new features later this year.
“I promised people I would focus on improving recreation and safety in this area, and I’m proud to see those promises and plans becoming a reality,” says Mayor Pro Tem and District 9 Commissioner Al Tillman. “This park has become one of the more popular places in Macon-Bibb for families and events, and I know its reputation will only grow when this phase is done.”
“It’s an honor to be a part of creating this long-awaited and much-deserved park,” says Cass Hatcher, Blight Consultant for Macon-Bibb County and project lead for the second phase. “Macon-Bibb’s Blight Remediation Program is making significant improvements across the entire county, and now it gets to help memorialize a community leader that wanted the best for the people living here.”
The first phase of the Park was opened in November 2012 thanks to $1.7 million in funding from the voter-approved 2012 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). The community, which had waited almost 30 years for this Park, could now enjoy the new pavilion, splash pad, playground, basketball courts, sidewalks and trails, landscaping, and more.
In addition to the new Filmore Thomas Park, major safety improvements were made to the area, including $1.5 million from the 2012 SPLOST for safety along Log Cabin Drive. Along Log Cabin Drive, the neighborhood got a new pedestrian bridge and repairs to the current roadway bridge over Rocky Creek; construction of new curb and gutter, sidewalk, drainage swales, drainage structures and driveways; realignment of the intersection of Hollingsworth Road and Log Cabin Drive; the addition of a northbound left-turn-lane on Log Cabin Drive at Hollingsworth Road; and more. An additional $288,000 from the 201 SPLOST will be used for sidewalks along Hollingsworth Road between Log Cabin Drive and Robinson Road, which will help people access the Park once Phase II is complete.