Macon-Bibb commissioners to vote on funding second phase of skate park

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -The Central City Skate Park is ready to roll with new additions. The new skate park opened early this year as part of the three point seven million dollar SPLOST project for Central City Park. Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation Interim Director,Robert Walker says it’s been a big hit since.

“This project has been a very successful project,” said Walker. “We have skaters at eight o’clock in the morning when I get to work and when I leave at seven thirty at night, they’re still skating until dark.”

Skater, Griffin Orr spends hours at the park at least twice a week.

“The first day I was out here, this place was packed,” said Orr. “It gives us all a place to come and chill.”

Orr’s hoping to spend even more time, once a new skating bowl is added. $550,000 SPLOST dollars can make that happen.

“A bowl is what you see on TV, a competition skate bowl and it’s going to go from about four feet to eight,” said Walker. “Four feet being for beginners and eight feet being a little more experienced skaters.”

Walker believes this addition will make it easier to host competitions and will be great for the city.

“It’s going to be an economic driver,” said Walker. “Hotels, people eating, people just visiting the city, visiting the museums, bringing people back into Macon.”

Macon-Bibb Commissioners have to approve the funding on Tuesday night, before anything is final.

There’s no date on when the bowl is expected to be complete if commissioners approve, but the skate park is wasting no time on hosting it’s first ever skate competition. Macon Smackdown is on July 22nd from noon to 7 pm. Admission is free and the first prize winner will win $1200.