Parks & Beautification


Macon-Bibb Parks  & Beautification

327 Lower Poplar St                       Macon, GA 31201


The Parks and Beautification Department provides complete services for all passive parks, cemeteries and downtown corridors including landscaping, tree canopies, irrigation, fountains, litter control, community partnership programs and special events.  These functions are divided into three divisions:  Park Services, Forestry Services and Special Events/Community Services.

Park Services includes:

  • Operations and upkeep of more than 75 passive parks and green spaces, including more than (5) miles of paved walking trails
  • Operations and upkeep of (4) historical cemeteries
  • Project coordination and partnerships with Knight Foundation grants in public space
  • Maintenance and upkeep of downtown streetscapes, public alleys and (12) fountains

Forestry Services includes:

  • Complete forestry services for all of Macon-Bibb County including tree and canopy maintenance, tree removal and reforestation of more than 250 trees annually.
  • Maintenance of all flowers and shrubs in the downtown area, parks and facilities.
  • Design, installation and management of all beautification projects in public spaces.

Special Events / Community Services includes:

  • Permitting and coordination of all Special Events -Road Races, Concerts, Performances, Festivals, Parades, Marches/Protest’s/Rally’s and Road Closures.
  • Filming liaison for all movie, music video and television productions in public spaces.
  • Promoting and coordinating public/private partnerships for public space planning, public art, green spaces, trails and beautification projects with community partners.                                                            



To preserve and promote our natural, cultural and historic resources while striving to enrich the quality of life and economic growth through active community partnerships, promoting special events, enhancing green spaces and protecting our environment for future generations.


It is our desire for the Parks and Beautification Department to ensure future growth and development throughout Macon-Bibb County through teamwork, green practices, responsible conservation, community partnerships and business involvement.



special event is defined as an activity within a community that brings together a large number of people.  Examples include but are not limited to parades, concerts, 5K races, fundraisers, conventions, political rallys,  protests, and marches.   If you are interested in presenting a special event in a Macon-Bibb County facility,  please read the entire policy.  The organizer of a special event must fill out this application and return it to the Parks and Beautification Department not more than 12 months or less than 30 business days prior to the start of the event.   Payment and liability insurance must be submitted with the application.  

Macon Bibb Special Event Application




Amerson River Park

2551 North Pierce Dr

Macon, GA 31204

Amerson River Park contains 175 acres of pristine forests, meadows, and wetlands surrounded by a river oxbow. 

Come play on the state-of-the-art handicap-usable playground where all children, regardless of physical ability, can enjoy swings, slides, and other playground equipment. Walk, ride, or run the 3.5 miles of trails throughout the park.

Enjoy the Ocmulgee River on a kayak, sitting in a canoe, or floating in a tube. At the north end of the Park, there is a canoe launch on the Ocmulgee River. Enjoy a tubing float from the Jay Hall Memorial Canoe Launch to the Bragg Jam Canoe and Tube Takeout. The Park offers exciting amenities that families, adventurous outdoorsmen, and nature lovers will enjoy. 

 Open Daily                        Mar  –  Oct   7:30am – 8:00pm                                 Nov  –  Feb    7:30am – 6:00pm

Pavilion Rentals

                                             Rental Fee                                                         Deposit

Bluff Pavilion                    ½ day – $ 150                                                     $   50

All day -$ 300                                                   $ 100

Overlook Pavilion            ½ day – $ 150                                                     $   50

All day -$ 300                                                   $ 100

Sheridan Overlook          ½ day – $ 500                                                     $ 250

All day – $ 1000                                                  $ 500

Porter Pavilion                 ½ day – $ 350                                                    $ 175

All day – $ 700                                                   $ 350

 Playground Pavilion        5 hrs. – $100 (Side A or B )                              $ 50                

  5 hrs – $200 both sides                                  $ 100

Open Areas                       $ 100 hr. (Special events)                                $ 50

                             Rental times for all pavilions –    10 am-1 pm     OR      2 pm-5 pm 


Accepted forms of payment are money orders and personal check.  Both Rental fee and deposit required to be paid at time of reservation.  Separate payments for rental and deposit.


Rules and Regulations

  • No Alcoholic Beverages Allowed
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times.
  • Owners must clean up after pets.
  • No motorized vehicles on the grass or trails (including golf carts) Vehicles limited to designated parking areas
  • No Littering
  • No Personal Grills or Open Fires
  • No Hunting
  • No Fishing from Overlooks, Pavilions or Canoe Access areas
  • No Fireworks
  • No Camping or Overnight Parking
  • No Skateboards or Scooters
  • No Vending or Outside Sales without Special Permit
  • All Vehicles left in the park after closing hours are subject to be towed at owners expense.

If any rules are not followed or pavilion area is left in a mess your deposit will be forfieted.


   Park Office  (478) 803-0484


Special Event Application Fee $50.00                   Special Event Deposit $500.00

Open Spaces

Open Space                                          $300/day



(General User – Rentals)


Heritage Trail Glenn Ridge                                                          Current Fees
Heritage Trail Spring Street                               $100/3hr. period w/ $35 ea. Additional  hr.
Gateway Park
High Street Park
Tower Park
The Prado
Jackson Springs Park
Camellia Gardens
Oak haven Park
G. Bernard Park
Rosa Parks Square-Civic Square
Hydrolia Park
Kennedy Park
Pursley Street Park
Little Richard Penniman park
Rosa Park
James Park
Monroe Park

Plazas & Downtown Parks

(GENERAL USER – EVENTS)                                                                Current Fees

Plazas & Downtown Parks                                                    $90/hr. period w/2hr min or $600/day
(Cherry Str. Plaza, Gateway Park, 3rd St. Park
Mulberry St. Park, OHT, Rosa Parks Square)

Utility Fee                                                                               $30/hr. w/2hr min

Security and/or traffic control fee                                      $25/hr/officer (2hr min)

Damage Deposit (Damage, City Svc., ETC)                         $500 min.


Plazas & Downtown Parks                                                     $150/hr w/2hr min
(Cherry Str. Plaza, Gateway Park, 3rd St. Park
Mulberry St. Park, OHT, Rosa Parks Square)

Utility Fee                                                                               $ 30/hr w/2hr min

Damage Deposit (Damage, City Svc., ETC)                          $500 min.