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West Macon baseball fields to receive 'long overdue' upgrades

The baseball fields at West Macon Park will soon see some serious renovations. This thanks to an ordinance presented by commissioner Joe Allen and approved by the full Macon-Bibb commission Tuesday night/Eric Mock (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The baseball fields at West Macon Park will soon see some serious renovations. This thanks to an ordinance presented by commissioner Joe Allen and approved by the full Macon-Bibb commission Tuesday night.

As part of the ordinance, $350,000 in blight bond funds will go towards updating the park located off Mercer University Drive.

"The park was built in 1983-1984 -- long before I got here," said Sherman Green, president of West Macon Youth Sports league. "I don't think the park has had any major renovations since that time."

Currently, the park has rotting wood posts, rusty fences and other structures crumbling away. And when it rains, the fields flood easily.

"It's long overdue," Green says. "It's a blessing that the field has held up as long as it has.

"The money will be used to replace some of the fencing -- primarily reconfigure some of the fields. A lot of the other parks in town have had some major renovations, and it's finally our turn."

The money for the ordinance will come from blight bond funds from three districts in Macon-Bibb.

Specific plans for the improvements have not yet been made.

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