New Community Center opens in Kings Park neighborhood
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Kings Park residents and community members gathered for the ribbon cutting for the new Kings Park Community Center Thursday.
Long time resident Tiffany Hughley says, “The old Kings Park is almost back.”
Tiffany is a mother of two. The Kings Park neighborhood is not foreign to her. She and her family have lived in the area for many years.
Hughley and her kids are super excited about the improvements including the new community center opening in the neighborhood.
Hughley says, “They love coming to Kings Park to play and see their friends. Now that the community center is open, they’ll have an indoor environment where they can come and meet up.”
The Kings Park Center replaces two older houses that had been donated to the county and used by the neighborhood. The 2300 square feet facility includes a kitchen, meeting room, computer room and restrooms.
Commissioner Elaine Lucas and former Bibb County Commissioner Sam Hart Sr. were recognized at Thursday’s ribbon cutting for making the vision of a new center come alive.
District 3 Commissioner Elaine Lucas says, “Everybody deserves to have a community that they’re proud of and anything that I can do and encourage my colleagues to do to make this community operate for the benefit of all citizens, then I think it’s our responsibility to do and I’m going to continue doing that for as long as I’m in office.”
The center is also located next to a playground that was recently rebuilt. It’s something that the kids are looking forward to.
TiNyla Howard is Tiffany’s daughter. She says, “Now that we got a new playground,I get to play on it all day.”
Many say the revitalization efforts are bringing the life that was once vibrant back to its originality.
“This was once a very thriving and beautiful community and it will be again,” Theresa Hughley who is with the Kings Park Neighborhood Association adds.
Macon-Bibb County spent about $300,000 from the Blight Remediation Program funds to build the new community center. It replaced two older homes that were donated to the county.