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Amerson River Park Improvements

The 3.5-miles of paved concrete trails for walkers, joggers, cyclists and roller bladers winding through a lushly wooded urban park in Macon, Georgia, were built thanks to the ingenuity of an equipment rental company.

YouAreHere-24x18-COMPREENSIVE_061615The $5.5 million improvements to the 180-acre Amerson River Park, which opened in June 2015 after about a year of construction, enhanced a beautiful green space in the oxbow curve of the Ocmulgee River north of downtown Macon. The area was once a wastewater treatment plant that had been destroyed by a flood in 1974. It was converted into a passive park. In 2014, Macon-Bibb County received federal funding to improve the park and closed it during construction.

While upgrading the park, the foundation of the former wastewater treatment plant was uncovered and removed. An old parking lot, which was built on a bog near the river, was covered with fill dirt from a nearby hill. Canoe launch pads were built adjacent to a pond. Pavilions for picnics, weddings and other events were erected.

Equipment rented during the park construction included excavators, skid loaders, dozers, dump trucks, pumps, mini-excavators, generators, and plate tamps.

The most challenging part of the project was getting concrete to the 3.5-mile path in the woods. The path was too narrow for a concrete truck, and the ground was too muddy to support the large vehicles. The solution was a Canycom S25, which was delivered by a rental company from three states away in two days to make the start-construction deadline.

Equipment on the Amerson River Park construction project was provided by the Neff Rental Macon branch. In addition to having the solution for delivering concrete to the path in the woods, the branch team also maintained the rented equipment 24/7.

When preparing to start a public park construction project, locate a nearby Neff Rental branch for reliable equipment, on-time deliveries, 24/7 service and creative solutions by calling 888-709-NEFF or visiting

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