Macon-Bibb kicks off its new parks beautification project
MACON, Ga. -- Macon-Bibb businesses are buying into a new program beautifying the city's parks. And Monday, they're celebrating their first partnership.
"This is our first adoption with the Adopt-A-Park program," says Sam Kitchens, Director of Parks and Beautification.
Veins Specialist of the South and Spa Medical officials says it's all in, adopting 3rd Street Park.
"We saw the park and it was a little bit in a state of disrepair," said Phillips Jones, CEO Vein Specialist of the South & Spa Medical. "We said, 'Hey what can we do to make this better? Because it's in our front yard. It's our backyard. it's what our patient sees and we want to be a part of the story of downtown Macon and everything great that is going on here."
Here's how the partnership works
"We have to maintain these parks any way, whether it's the flower bed or the straw or the mulch or to cut the grass weed eating or picking up the trash," Kitchens said. "Those are our daily routine. So when we have a partner like Vein Specialist that's willing to assist in some of the labor intensive part of it, that's great for us because it helps take some the strain off of our resources."
The companies leaders have big plans.
"We are going to plant some flowers," Jones said. "We are going to improve some of the hardscape in return. The city will handle a lot of the day-to-day maintenance like irrigation, cutting the grass and they will also improve the canopy."
People in the community say companies helping their cash-strapped city and taking pride in the community is a positive.
"It's so easy for them to say let somebody else do it -- let the public sector, let the city take care of it," Nick Smith says. "But I think it's really important for us as employees of the downtown area or us as citizens of downtown to really pick up the mantle and make this city our own."