Macon-Bibb County Commissioners, Recreation Department staff, and representatives of Vine-Ingle Little League celebrated the start of a third phase of major improvements at Freedom Park (3301 Roff Avenue) with a Groundbreaking Ceremony on Wednesday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. A rendering of the master plan for Freedom Park is above; this phase is for the fields next to the lake.
In this round of construction, Freedom Park will get four new ballfields, sidewalks, benches and bicycle racks, scorers’ tower, concessions building and terrace, batting cages, bleachers, scoreboards, lighting, maintenance building, and more. The project is being funded with $2,292,600 from the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).
The second phase of improvements was funded with $2.6 million from the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and included: four new baseball and softball fields in a wagon wheel configuration, a new concession stand at the center of the fields, a new splash pad, removal of the pool that has been inoperable for several years, and relocation of Morgan Drive so it doesn’t go through the middle of the fields.
The first phase of improvements was an upgrade to the recreation center that converted the gymnasium into the Bishop Frank Ray Boxing Arena, featuring two rings, 600 bleacher seats, new flooring, and more. Since its conversion, it has hosted multiple local, state, and regional boxing tournaments. For more information, you can visit them at 3301 Roff Avenue, or give them a call at 751-9280. Also, you can like them on Facebook to stay up-to-date with activities and events.