“It’s really this great front yard for our community and we want to make sure that it’s as vibrant and usable as possible.”
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon-Bibb Urban Development Authority is looking for input into designing Rosa Parks Square.
The park is on 1st Street Lane across from the Macon-Bibb Government Center.
Kaitlynn Kressin is already thinking of the possibilities. She’s the director of marketing at Just Tap’d – a growler pub across the street from the park.
“Our green spaces in Macon are one of our best assets, so being able to level that out and use that in a more functional way would be great for us,” she said.
Just Tap’d holds several events at the park throughout the year, Kressin predicts even more if the park is redesigned.
Alex Morrison, the executive director for the urban development authority, says plans for new designs at the park are part of the Macon Action Plan, where feedback has shown Rosa Parks Square was a “missed opportunity” to take advantage of downtown.
“It’s really this great front yard for our community and we want to make sure that it’s as vibrant and usable as possible,” Morrison said.
Representatives from the Atlanta-based design firm HGOR are speaking with county commissioners about possible ideas for the park.
Designers found the county was only using 16% of the park because of obstacles and the park’s landscape.
Commissioners will meet again with HGOR representatives on July 26 at 3 p.m. Then reps will meet with residents and business owners on July 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to talk about ways the park can be more usable.
All of the meetings are in the Macon-Bibb Government Center.
“The plan is identifying those [parks] in being great civic gathering spaces and this one being one of the premiere ones because of its location and proximity to the hospital, to city hall, to the auditorium and a very vibrant retail corridor,” Morrison said.
The UDA has a budget set aside for what it’s expecting to be the first phase of the project — leveling out land that’s currently sloped near the Macon Auditorium.
With design talks still in the early stages, there’s no set amount for how much the upgrades and designs will cost.
Morrison expects finished plans in the next six to eight weeks.