Commissioners, residents celebrate improvements at Hillcrest Park

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – People living in a West Macon neighborhood are celebrating improvements at Hillcrest Park. Macon-Bibb Commissioners, led by Bert Bivins, are using $175,000 from the SPLOST and Blight Remediation Program to make the upgrades happen.

Macon-Bibb added a pavilion, basketball court and goals, new sidewalks, playground and new fencing.

“We prayed for this park, Bert Bivins prayed for this park and now it might take some time to get it like what we want it but it’s better than what it was,” longtime Hillcrest resident Mary Mike said.

Mike stood front and center at the county’s ribbon cutting for the park Thursday morning.

“We’ve never had a gazebo so that’s gonna be good for us, we can sit up under here and watch our kid play,” Mike said. “And we’ll have somewhere for our youth boys to play basketball at, and the fence is better, its good.”

Commissioner Elaine Lucas and Mayor Robert Reichert took the podium at the ribbon cutting and emphasized the importance of having parks that give young kids something to do.

“They have to stay out of trouble, these days trouble is easy to get into, and hard to get out of,” Mike said. “So we’re going to hang in there with our kids and say let’s go to the court let’s go play ball let’s do something let’s go have a fun day.”

Commissioner Lucas hinted the mayor and county commission could find money in the future to improve the baseball field and parking at Hillcrest Park.