Abandoned Pleasant Hill field may get a face lift

Abandoned Pleasant Hill field may get a facelift

An abandoned lot in one Macon neighborhood is getting a facelift with the help of some community groups. Justin McDuffie met with a few of the people trying to bring new life to Pleasant Hill.

Steven DeGeorge believes that underneath this thick kudzu and and tall grass lies the potential for something great. That's why he bought the plot from Bibb County.

"I think Pleasant Hill has a reputation we want to help kick," DeGeorge said.

By kicking and hitting a few balls once the land is transformed from its current overgrown state.

"We found it's a little swampy. It's not the best site for our purposes. It hasn't been easy," DeGeorge said.

But he knew his vision was no easy task.

"An astro turf field that we can do soccer, rugby, football, you name it," DeGeorge said.

They even plan on having a golf training facility. Jim Hickman, a local PGA pro, said he will oversee that golf training. When he heard about the project, he knew he had to be a part of it.

"I've always found that if kids are involved in sports, they're not involved in a lot of other things and you gotta come to them. In this case, this field will be perfect because it's right here where they are," Hickman said.

He wants to get those kids involved in the project because it's their neighborhood and they know it best.

"We have always engaged the kids of the neighborhood in this they've cleared land and planted plants, DeGeorge said.

He hopes this will become a field of dreams for the entire community.

"When a blighted, overgrown, deserted space is redeemed, I think that's gonna mean something to everybody," DeGeorge said.

Organizers are planning a golf tournament next month and hope to raise $30,000 or more.

Sign up for the tournament here.


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