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Downtown Community Planters Project

The Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Inc. are pleased to announce a beautification project for Downtown Macon. Thanks to a $15,000 grant awarded to Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful by the Community Foundation, KMBBC has purchased 16 large planters weighing over 400 pounds each that have been filled with evergreens and trailing color.

The containers have been placed in strategic locations along Cherry Street from First Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard. Doc Dougherty, director of Parks and Recreation, said in a letter of support to KMBBC, “As an in-kind service, I pledge that my Grounds Division will maintain the downtown plantings available through the grant, as well as fill and maintain the plantings into the future.” Through planting these containers, KMBBC through the grant from the Community Foundation and the maintenance assistance from Parks and Recreation, has been able to increase the green space and beauty in Downtown Macon, making it a more attractive place to live, work, and play.

Mark Stevens
, the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission Board chairman, states that “KMBBC’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our community through litter prevention, recycling, and beautification. The addition of these decorative planters, evergreens, and trailing color will add to the beauty of Historic Downtown Macon.”

The Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission is grateful to the Community Foundation for supporting the impactful project. Karen Lambert, president and CEO of KMBBC offers words of thanks to the Community Foundation by saying “The grant from the Community Foundation provided KMBBC with the necessary funds to implement a beautification project and immediately improve the aesthetics of our public realm, protect the investments of downtown business and property owners and leverage future developments. The fact that downtown offers a variety of events, eateries, and entertainment shows this project reaches a very large target population.”