Macon-Bibb County Commissioners and the Recreation Department will celebrate the start of construction of Central City Skate Park’s second phase with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday, September 27 at 9:30 a.m. The event will be broadcast live on Macon-Bibb’s Facebook page.
Phase II was designed and built by California Skateparks, Inc., and they have worked with the local skating community to make sure it is created with their use in mind. This phase includes a competition size bowl and is being funded with $550,000 from the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).
“I said it when the skate park opened, and it’s truer today: this is the coolest place in Macon-Bibb County,” says District 2 Commissioner Larry Schlesinger. “From skating to baseball to a new playground to new walking trails and the new Senior Center, Central City Park has more to offer people and looks much better than it has in decades.”
The first phase of the skate park opened in April 2017 and instantly became a hit with the skating community. The first competition there drew hundreds of skaters from around the country, and it is used on a daily basis by amateurs and professionals, alike. MaconBibbTV produced a feature video of the opening of the first phase of this project.
The first phase was part of a $3.7 million SPLOST-funded improvement project at Central City Park that also included new trails, putting wires underground, building new multi-purpose fields, renovating and adding bathrooms, adding new pavilions, installing RV hookups, demolition of nine dilapidated buildings, and more. In addition to improvements to Central City Park itself, the SPLOST is funding construction of the new Elaine H. Lucas Senior Center ($2.7 million) and major improvements to Historic Luther Williams Field ($2.5 million) to prepare it for Opening Day of the Macon Bacon.