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November 2022

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Last call - Fun in the Park Photo Contest

Submit your entries this week for the Fun in the Park Photo Contest. Send us photos from Cobb parks and facilities that you took this year of nature, wildlife and anything else that shows why you enjoy spending time at the park. 

You can enter up to 10 of your best photos through Nov. 3 in the 18th annual Fun in the Park Photo Contest.

The contest is open to all. See the rules on the photo contest web page
Download the 2022 entry form here.
 

Union Chapel project completed

Cobb PARKS recently completed the project to “ghost frame” part of what remains of the historic Union Chapel. The stone chapel once stood at 1305 Powder Springs Street, Marietta and served as a place for education and worship for those in the area.

The land and building were put in trust by the Nesbitt family in December 1886. Over the years, the structure fell into disrepair, and most of what was left of the building was destroyed by a bulldozer in 2004. Portions of a front wall, a side wall and the front steps are all that endure.

The project was comprised of framing the front of the building including setting the original chapel bell. Some of the remaining rocks from the original building are currently being used to construct a seat wall around the front and a portion of the side to provide visitors a concept of the size of the original building. Plans include stockpiling remaining rock for future use, cleaning up the site, and planting a tree buffer behind where the building once stood.

Join the fun with glass-blowing workshops

The Mable House Arts Center recently finished up two successful glass-blowing workshops in October. Mr. Arthur Wilson of Silica Burns taught students how to handle and shape molten glass into decorative pumpkins. This traveling workshop will visit other art centers throughout the fall. Check out additional glass-blowing workshops (cups and ornaments) in November at The Art Station - Big Shanty.
 

Staff Notes - congratulations to Brody Whitlock

Congratulations to Cobb PARKS' employee Brody Whitlock, who was awarded the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District 5 Al Richardson Athletic Award for 2022. Brody accepted the award recently at the GRPA District 5 banquet at the Kennesaw Recreation Center.

The award is presented to the professional who exemplifies excellence in the realm of athletic programming This award is reserved for individuals who have excelled in situations where they are primarily responsible for the supervision or implementation of recreation, parks or leisure services programs.

Brody is a Cobb PARKS' Recreation Coordinator who oversees the Al Bishop Complex and adult athletics division. He coordinates and hosts 35+ events per year including tournaments for softball, baseball, kickball, flag football, national tournaments, company events, special events and more. He manages and supervises 10+ adult athletic leagues annually including adult softball, kickball, flag football, basketball, ultimate frisbee, cornhole, volleyball, and spikeball. More than 350 teams participate in the programs he administers per year. He supervises one full-time employee, 15+ part-time employees, and coordinates with maintenance staff and game officials. He oversees and coordinates the Cobb County youth boys basketball program, including the All-County All-Star and GRPA tournaments.

Brody shows a wonderful passion for parks and recreation and does a great job handling our adult athletics, while also helping out in other areas of the department as needed. Congratulations to Brody Whitlock for this well-deserved award.

Park closings for maintenance projects and holiday

Here is an update on closings and projects coming up during November that may affect your park usage:

  • Veteran's Day is a Cobb County holiday and most government facilities will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11. The outside areas of the parks will remain open.
  • Larry Bell Park tennis courts - the tennis courts at Larry Bell Park will be closed due to reconstruction. The work is underway and the project may take a couple of months to complete.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during these dates and times.

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
Athletics
Aquatics
Educational Programs
Golf
Gymnastics
Trails & Hunting
Recreation Centers
Tennis
Therapeutics

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