Created: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 05:05:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:52:20 EST
"We're concrete grinding the floor," says Macon Bibb County Parks & Rec Executive Director Doc Dougherty.
Once the floors are done, rubber mats will go on top of them. It's part of a plan that's been in the works for several months.
"We're looking at really changing the dynamics of Parks and Recreation here in Macon-Bibb county," Dougherty says.
Macon Bibb County Parks and Rec Department Executive director Doc Dougherty is counting down the days before boxing becomes an option in Macon Bibb.
Freedom park gym will be the first rec department in the county to offer boxing. The gym wont just be for the tough guys.
"Women's only cardio boxing, a 10-14 year old age group involved in calisthenics, we're also going to have a toddler fit program," says Dougherty.
The Macon Bibb United boxing program will look to develop a team of boxers to compete state and nationwide. When the gym is done, there will be 12 speed bags and 25 boxing bags along with two regulation size rings.
"Restrooms are being renovated now and air conditioned, closed in so that's going to be our warm up and taping rooms for boxers," says Dougherty.
I asked the director of Parks and Rec what he would say about parents who may think boxing is too violent.
"It's not about fighting. we're gonna find people that may normally be in trouble that will come in here start learning the technique about boxing, learning that its a skill and its a point system. It's not about beating someone up," Dougherty says.
Supporters of the gym agree it may be the outlet children need to express violence in an organized way, rather than taking it to the street.