Outgoing Macon-Bibb Parks and Beautification director reflects on park progress

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Several parks in the county are on schedule to see some renovations and expansion.

With a turn of a key, Steve Lawson can get anywhere in one of the parks he oversees — and he means anywhere.

“If you’ve not been to Amerson River Park and seen it, you’re missing the special jewel that’s right here in the middle of Macon-Bibb County,” Lawson said.

A crowned jewel that Lawson and his team consider their pride and joy.

“My whole team feels like they’re part of what’s going on so it’s a movement,” he said.

After $6 million in federal grant money, Amerson River Park is one of the latest parks to go from grunge to gold.

“When we split up recreation into the departments to make the parks and beautification department, the goal was for passive parks and community spaces to be more friendly to the communities that use them,” Lawson said.

He took over as the director of parks and beautification since consolidation, in that time he’s overseen all one hundred passive parks in the county.

“With consolidation, the governments came together. I think the commission we have now works well together with administration and we’ve conquered some of that stuff at the beginning and we’re off to the races now,” he said.

He and his staff have even planted more than 1,000 trees.

It’s an effort to make the county more green and give people something to do all year round.

“It makes me so proud when I walk around on a day like today knowing that a plan has fully come together,” Lawson said.

A plan that’s constantly growing.

There are plans to build other passive parks in the county including the “Pinnacle Park” in south Macon.

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