South Bibb Rec Center starts Phase II project, includes 23 tennis courts for future tournaments
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A place to play and work out continues to grow in south Bibb County.
Where South Bibb Recreational Center sits on Houston Road, it was once filled with pecan and cotton fields.
Now, it’s acres of sport fields and recreation. The complex brings, what some say, a better quality of life to the community.
“I was raised in south Bibb, so naturally I’ve got a compassion for it, but also for children. I love children and I love seeing our teenagers have a place to go and they’re not out on the streets,” resident and president of the Citizens Advisory Committee, Shelby Hill said.
As farms turn into subdivisions in south Bibb, the demand for a better quality of life grows.
“There was no recreation opportunity out here in south Bibb – at all,” Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation Director Robert Walker said.
Since South Bibb Recreational Center opened its doors this spring, Walker says there’s a line of people waiting outside every morning.
“We normally see anywhere between 1,500 to about 2,000 people, but since we opened this, its been 3,000 or more every month. That also speaks volumes about what’s needed in this area,” Walker said.
South Bibb Rec Center is continuing to fill acres of land. Dirt is being dug up for Phase II of the project. Phase II will add playgrounds, splash pads, 23 more tennis courts and a tennis pro-shop.
“Adding the tennis courts also gives us an opportunity to host more tennis tournaments and build on more state and national tournaments, here in Macon,” he said.
With Macon being right off I-75, Walker says it just “makes sense” to host tournaments.
“Everybody can get here in a reasonable amount of time. They don’t have to fight traffic in the north part of Atlanta. As well as in the south, the rural areas, there’s no hotel accommodations, but we have all that here in Macon so being able to bring that stuff here where it’s all at puts us in a prime position to be able to host these types of tournaments,” Walker said.
Before the South Bibb Rec Center, Hill felt as though her community was neglected. That’s no longer the case.
“This helps makes us feel worthy of our tax dollars,” Hill said.
Phase II of South Bibb is $4.4-million of SPLOST funds. Walker says the project will be complete by this time next year.