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January 2022

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Chairwoman signs Declaration of Emergency amid surge in COVID cases

Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Lisa Cupid has signed a new Declaration of Emergency for the county after consulting with public health officials about the dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases. The declaration will enable the county to implement its Emergency Operations Plan, hold all or portions of public meetings virtually, and encourage residents to take precautions to avoid further spread of the Omicron variant of the virus.

“Public health officials warn me this variant is spreading at an alarming rate,” Chairwoman Cupid said.  “The stress on our hospitals is increasing, and both public and private COVID testing facilities are overwhelmed. Even though this is just prior to Christmas, I wanted to act quickly to help slow the spread of this new variant in our community.”

The declaration urges residents to help slow the spread by taking these actions: getting vaccinated and/or boosted, wearing masks indoors with others, and avoiding crowded situations.

At the same time, County Manager Dr. Jackie McMorris will again require the wearing of masks inside county government facilities. This re-institutes a policy that lapsed in November.

“Much like the community, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases within the Cobb government family,” said Dr. McMorris. “Requiring the wearing of masks and increasing social distancing in our facilities will hopefully help protect both our employees and the residents that they serve.”

The policy will require masks to be worn while inside Cobb government buildings including libraries, indoor parks facilities, and senior centers. This policy does NOT affect:

  • Privately-run businesses in the county,
  • The Cobb County School District which is governed by the Board of Education, and;
  • The Cobb County court complex, which has been under its own mask mandate by judicial order.

Chairwoman Cupid had initially signed a Declaration of Emergency over the spread of COVID-19 in Cobb County in August and signed two extensions that kept the declaration in place until mid-November. This current declaration will run through January 23, 2022. Click here to view the announcement on video.

Register now for spring sports and activities  

It may be cold outside, but now is the time to register for sports and activities for the spring season. Many sports and activities have registrations in January, including baseball, softball, soccer, track, tennis and BMX. Many of our youth league programs are administered by volunteer organizations, so dates and times of registrations will vary. For specific information on the activities your child is interested in, see the athletics web page. Here you will find information on youth baseball, softball, soccer, track and BMX. Many registration deadlines are fast approaching - don't be left out!

Adult spring softball, kickball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and spikeball registration is currently in progress. Here are the registration periods for upcoming adult sports:

Volleyball (Coed) - registration deadline for individuals is Jan. 12 and for teams is Jan. 16
Ultimate Frisbee - registration deadline is Jan. 31
Spikeball - registration deadline is Feb. 5
Softball - registration deadline is Feb. 16 for individuals and Feb. 23 for teams
Kickball - registration deadline is March 2 for individuals and March 7 for teams
Cornhole - registration begins Jan. 30 and ends March 29

For more information and to download registration packets, see the adult athletics web page. To register, see our registration page.

'Bring One for the Chipper' after the holidays

After the holidays remember your live Christmas tree still has a job to do. When you recycle your tree, it creates mulch, fuel, wildlife habitats and other useful material. Keep Cobb Beautiful is sponsoring free recycling at sites around Cobb starting on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 through Saturday, Jan. 8. Drop off your bare live Christmas tree to Home Depot parking lots and place in the designated area. 

There will also be a drop-off site at Fullers Park, located at 3499 Robinson Road in Marietta. Fullers Park will accept trees at the lot down the street on Robinson Road close to the intersection of Robinson Farms Drive.

Free mulch will also be available for those who request it at keepcobbbeautiful@cobbcounty.org. Please do not bring flocked trees and remove decorations, mesh, lights, stands, and strings. For Cobb locations and information, click here. 

 If you or your group would like to volunteer to help on Jan. 8, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., to collect trees at one of the designated areas, please contact keepcobbbeautiful@cobbcounty.org.

Lions Park restroom building is getting a face lift

The maintenance/restroom building at Lions Park is being renovated and given a whole new look. The middle section of the building has been removed to provide a shaded breezeway for patrons to enjoy on a hot day. Trusses are being fabricated for a new dark roof. New gutters will also be installed. The exterior is being painted to match the other building at the park for a uniform look. Minor repairs such as replacing rotten wood around doors are also being made. Construction is expected to complete in the next few months.

Audition for MLK Jr. Celebration

Show your talents at Cobb County's MLK Day 2022 celebration. A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is Cobb County's annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All kinds of talent are sought: musicians, singers, dancers, rappers, spoken word performers, and more for the event beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan.  17 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater.

The theme for 2022 is "What is your dream."  You can audition in person 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 at the Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Parkway. For more information call 770-425-5757. You can also email link of your performances (that have been uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo) to MLKDayevent@cobbcounty.org.

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.

General progam information can be found below:
Arts & Theater
Educational Programs
Trails & Hunting
Recreation Centers

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