MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The Ocmulgee National Monument may be undergoing a name change soon--and that's not all.
It's been a long time in the making.
"This park is not near the size as it was envisioned back in 1934," said Monument Superintendent Jim David.
That year, Congress and the people of Macon got together and decided they wanted 2,000 acres for a national park.
But that didn't happen.
Now, citizens of Macon and the Ocmulgee National Monument employees are looking to expand and upgrade their title to National Park.
"People from all 50 states came to visit the park in 2013," said Macon resident Bob Hargrove.
Bob Hargrove volunteers regularly at the Ocmulgee, and he says the proposed expansion will do big things for Middle Georgia.
"So this is a treasure for Middle Georgia tourism," said Hargrove. "People don't understand it, the local folks don't understand that this is a magnet because it is a national entity."
Jim David is the superintendent of the Ocmulgee National Monument, and he helped present the project to the public Thursday afternoon.
"Basically tonight we had this public meeting to get the chance to explain this expansion that we are recommending," said David.
And after a recent study that says the park brought in more than six million dollars to the Macon area, David says the 80-year-old vision is perfect for the park.
"So, now one of the things we're hoping to do is now complete that 1934 vision," said David.
Next, Congress has to approve the proposed boundary lines.
If approved, park officials would move into negotiations to buy the land they need.