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July 2021

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Four opportunities for family fun

Cobb PARKS Natural Resource Management unit will host four Fishing Rodeos this year. Each event is open to children ages 3-16 years old. Trophies will be awarded for the five biggest fish caught overall. The entry fee is $5 per child and registration is required. The events will take place rain or shine and attendees must bring their own fishing gear. To register, click here.

The four Fishing Rodeos are from 9am-11am. Here is the schedule:

  • Saturday, July 10 - Lost Mountain Park (4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs)
  • Saturday, July 17 - Ebenezer Downs Park (4050 Ebenezer Road, Marietta)
  • Saturday, July 24 - Hyde Farm Park (726 Hyde Road, Marietta)
  • Saturday, July 31 - Furr Family Park (4570 Old Westside Road, Powder Springs)

For more information, contact John Purcell at john.purcell@cobbcounty.org or 770-528-8825. Grab your fishing pole and join us for a morning of fishing and fun!

Fair Oaks Tennis Center partners with AYTEF to provide programs

Serving Atlanta's under-resourced youth since 2003, Atlanta  Youth  Tennis  &  Education  Foundation  (AYTEF) is  a  nonprofit  501  (c)(3)  organization  that  aims  to enrich the  lives  of  under-resourced  youth  through tennis  and  education.  AYTEF  offers  free  and  low-cost programs near Title I schools with high concentrations of  students  from  low-income  homes.  They SERVE through  sport  so  that  our  youth  participants  can ACHIEVE  without  limit  on  the  court,  in  the  classroom, and in life.

TENNIS HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE LIVES. AYTEF  is  a  National  Junior  Tennis  &  Learning  (NJTL) organization  supported  by  the  United  States  Tennis Association.  They are  part  of  a  nationwide  network  of over  270  community  tennis  associations  that  seek  to empower   underserved   youth   by   using   sport   to promote whole child development and wellness. Research has found that youth who participate in after school  and  summer  programs  like  the  ones  AYTEF provide  see  positive  gains  in  their  academics,  health, attitude, and life skills. Homework help, STEM Learning Labs, Game Set Match,  and  Tennis  in  the  Park  are  all programs that value character development, academic achievement, healthy lifestyles, community engagement, and inclusive fun for all. AYTEF  believes  that  the  powerful  combination  of tennis and education can change lives!

Fair Oaks Tennis Center has joined forces with AYTEF to provide these opportunities to our area youth. Here is some of the programming now taking place at Fair Oaks:

Block Party
Join us at Fair Oaks Tennis Center for a night of FREE tennis, games, and food. Offered the last Friday of each month. Fun for the whole family! 5pm-6:30pm.

Tennis in the Park
FREE one-hour tennis clinics. Offered the second Friday of each month. No prior experience or equipment necessary. 5pm-6 pm.

Low cost tennis clinics for beginner and intermediate level players. No prior experience or equipment necessary. For youth ages 5 & up. Summer registration is currently closed, but fall registration open. Details on fall days and times coming soon.

​Summer Tennis Camp
Low cost tennis camp for beginner and intermediate level players. Offered 9am - 12pm on Monday - Friday. No prior experience or equipment necessary. For youth ages 5-13.
July 19-23 and July 26-30

For more information and to register for programs, see the AYTEF website.

Construction on Old Clarkdale Park coming soon

Cobb PARKS will begin construction on a new park in the historic Old Clarkdale Thread Mill Village later this summer. The park includes a pavilion and restroom buildings, community garden with storage shed, playground, adult exercise stations and walking trails. The park will be built where the original Village Community Center and ball fields were located and reflect the time when the original community came together to socialize and have fun. This project is funded through the Cobb SPLOST program.


2021 'Fun in the Park' photo contest

As you are out enjoying Cobb parks and facilities, be sure to bring your camera and capture the fun and memories of your sports activities, the beauty of nature and wildlife in the parks and anything else that shows why you enjoy spending time at the park. You can enter up to 10 of your best shots in the 17th annual 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest! The contest is open to all photographers. See rules and download the entry form on the photo contest web page.

Plan your Great Escape

Our newest escape room, the Emporium, will run through July 31 and registration is available now at cobbparksescaperooms.com. In this team adventure, your cousin is the owner of the local emporium and has gone missing. Family matters, so you step in to take his place. Belly up to the bar to play discreet detective while trying your hand as the town’s newest soda jerk. Think you’ve got what it takes to create the latest hotsy-totsy concoctions and serve up whodunit? Step into this old-fashioned pharmacy to find out.

The escape room is located in the Oregon Park annex, 145 Old Hamilton Road, Marietta. For more information or to reserve your spot, visit cobbparksescaperooms.com.

Maintenance: field closures at Noonday Park

Please note that all fields at Noonday Park will be closed for maintenance through Aug. 7. We are repairing irrigation issues, aerating the fields, fertilizing, and putting down sand so the fields will be in top shape for the upcoming season. This closure will limit access to the BMX track, so the track will also be closed during this period. Wild Horse BMX track should be open during this time. The playground on the Hawkins Store Road side is available for use. We appreciate your patience during this time.

Special Olympics - Participant Spotlight

My name is Kathy Klimaitis. I am 58 years old and I have been in Special Olympics since I was 10 years old. I started in Lakeland, Wisconsin playing basketball and swimming. My family and I moved from Wisconsin to Marietta, GA in 1984 where I became more involved in Special Olympics. In Georgia over the years, I started in individual skills basketball and moved to senior basketball and now currently play on the team skills basketball team. I have played bocce, tennis, and equestrian. I am currently involved in masters softball, masters bowling, swimming and cycling.

I especially like swimming and have competed in this sport since I was 10 years old.  Going to Emory University for the summer games have been some of the best times that I can remember. I enjoy the opening ceremonies, the dances and being with my friends. I also enjoy traveling to different cities for competition.

My coaches have been great at practices preparing us for competition. It is fun but we work hard. Sometimes it is very hot but we muster through so that we shine at the competition.

One year I received 'Athlete of the Year Award' for Cobb County. The best part of the evening was meeting Coach Bobby Cox from the Atlanta Braves at the Cobb County Civic Center.

I want to thank all of the people who make Special Olympics possible. It has given me happiness, self-esteem, exercise, friends, and the chance to compete and do my very best. I enjoy winning medals and the thrill of the competition. It has been very hard on all of the athletes during COVID not being able to exercise and get together with our team, coaches and friends. Lets do what we can to get back to Special Olympics real soon! 

Upcoming Events

For a full listing of upcoming activities and events, visit the Cobb County Master Event Calendar.

Upcoming Registrations

We are proud to offer a wide range of activities and events throughout the year for the whole family! Visit cobbparks.org for more information.

Registration in progress.

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