Workers planted 14 trees in Rosa Parks Square Thursday. That's just a seedling of Mayor Robert Reichert's goal to grow the city's green efforts.
"This is part of an ongoing effort to plant 250 trees a year," says Reichert. "We're trying this year and may not quite make it since this was the initial year, but this is something we're going to try to build into the budget and do on an ongoing basis."
With all those trees, the city will need more space to plant them.
Demolition of the former Boys and Girls Club building on Second Street is expected to start in the next few weeks.
That space will become a city park as part of Reichert's Second Street Corridor project.
"This is a great city to live, work, and play," explains Reichert. "And we need to put our best foot forward, so visitors and tourists will be encouraged to learn more about us and our own citizens will have a sense of pride in their community."
To keep new and existing green spaces clean, volunteers pick up litter every Saturday, already totaling over 6,000 pounds of trash off the streets in the past month. Almost a third of it came from Riverside Drive.
To keep some of that trash from piling up at the land fill, the city expanded its one-stream recycling program.
Folks in the InTown, Shirley Hills, Vineville, and Wimbush Road neighborhoods can now add glass bottles to their recycling bins.
Nathan Dees with the InTown Macon Neighborhood Association says, "We appreciate the city giving us the opportunity to get more material out of the landfill and adding glass will help from letting it reach its way there."
Reichert hopes more interest in beautifying the city will sprout as these programs continue to grow.