Macon-Bibb officals broke ground Wednesday on improvements to Henry Burns Park.

The park is located at the intersection of Ingleside and Ridge Avenues.

The project includes a new playground accessible to children with disabilities, retaining walls to prevent erosion, handicap parking, resurfacing on the tennis court, new lighting throughout the park, and easier access from the street.

Derry Burns is Henry Burns' grandson and has many special memories at the park. Burns recalled riding his tricycle as a child and his sons got their Eagle badges at the park's Boy Scout hut.

"We'd come out and let the scouts play sometimes, do different games and all here during our meetings," says Burns. "I always said 'I wish it was fixed up nicer than it is,' so I'm tickled to see it being put into really good use, especially with the handicap for the disabled down there."

The total cost of improvements is about $700,000. It's being paid for with county blight funds, proceeds from the sale of the Alexander IV school, and SPLOST dollars.