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Bragg Jam Donation to Ocmulgee Heritage Trail Makes Possible Canoe Take Out at Amerson River Park

 

MACON, GA (11/15/2013) – The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail announced today that a $40,000 donation from The Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Community Festival will build a canoe take out below the Porter Pavilion on the Ocmulgee River in Amerson River Park.

“The Bragg Jam Music, Arts, and Community Festival is excited to honor our longtime partnership with NewTown Macon with the funding of the Bragg Jam Canoe Launch at Amerson River Park,” said Jamie Weatherford, president of the Bragg Jam board of directors. “This multi-year agreement will ensure the project’s construction and completion, creating a new recreational asset where visitors will be able to float for almost two hours along Macon’s beautiful Ocmulgee River without ever having to leave the park. This partnership highlights our shared commitment to making our community’s natural resources more accessible and by marrying arts and nature.”

In 2006, the City of Macon received a transportation appropriation for improvements at Amerson River Park to include an overlook, hiking and biking trails, restrooms beside the current playground and other amenities.  The cost of the park master plan exceeds appropriation funds, and the canoe launch was one amenity that was unfunded through this grant. Now, thanks to Bragg Jam, the community will have a designated take out for a short day of canoeing, kayaking or tubing.

Construction is set to start at the end of 2013, and will last through 2014. The existing J. Hall Memorial Canoe Launch will still be accessible to the public during construction.

Ocmulgee Heritage Trail is an initiative of NewTown Macon, a nonprofit working to revitalize downtown Macon, Georgia.  The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail is Middle Georgia’s only riverside trail and park system with greenspaces totally nearly 1,500 acres.  Amerson River Park, a part of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, is 180 acres of pristine forests, meadows and wetlands surrounded by a two-mile river oxbow. For more information visit www.newtownmacon.com.

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