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June 2019

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It is Not Too Late to Register for Summer Camps!

Now that school is out for the summer, it is time to check for those last minute openings in Cobb's summer camps and activities. Many of Cobb's summer camp offerings are still available. Cobb PARKS offers summer camps meeting the needs of almost any interest. Camps are offered in arts and performance, recreation programs, tennis, golf, nature, and therapeutics for special-needs individuals. Registration is in progress for summer camp programs. For more information, see the summer camp page on the park's website. Many camps fill up fast, so don't be left out this summer. Online registration is available for many camp programs.

2016 SPLOST Projects Update

Cobb County voters approved referendums on a Special Local Option Sales Tax for 2011 and 2016. From these SPLOST programs, Cobb PARKS will be using the funds for revitalization, facility renovations and upgrades to parks and facilities. Planning, coordinating and scheduling projects is ongoing, but you will see some of the work in progress or soon to begin. Here is a list of current projects:
  • The design is underway for a standardized signage system to provide a consistent, standardized signage program to be used for the development of park entry signs, wayfinding signs, ball field identification and miscellaneous park signage. A storybook of concepts from the designer was submitted to PARKS for review.
  • The current contract for Paving Projects is nearing completion, with the Pitner Road Dog Park representing the final project. The top layer of asphalt has been installed.  This contract resulted in substantial re-paving projects in 22 parks and facilities.
  • Restoration of the historic house and barn at Green Meadows Preserve is underway. The house is being returned to it’s original configuration based on construction in the 1800’s. The front porch has been demolished and reconstructed to its original size, matching the dimensions and construction techniques in use at the time it was originally constructed. Installation of the repaired windows is continuing. The plastering of the walls in the back rooms is complete and the fireplace hearths have been restored. A new ADA ramp and sidewalk to the restroom building from the house will be constructed to meet current code accessibility requirements.
  • The design of a new operations facility at Hyde Farm is underway. Revised drawings of the preliminary design were received and reviewed. Comments have  been generated and submitted to the designer.
  • Construction of Mabry Park is substantially complete. The Certificate of Occupancy was obtained April 24th and a ribbon cutting was held May 2nd. The project includes an entry road and sidewalk into the park from Wesley Chapel Road, a playground, a restroom/maintenance building, picnic pavilions, terraced seating, walking trails, a 1 acre lake, a boardwalk and bioretention drainage features with herbaceous plant material to promote water quality.
  • The engineering and architectural design of the Discovery Boulevard Property is underway. The survey is complete and the wetland delineation has been determined. The designer has developed the preliminary plan and presented it to PARKS for review. Comments were made and the consultant has been authorized to proceed to the construction documents and permitting phase. Cobb DOT is assisting with the design and permitting of roadway improvements and potential sidewalks in the right of way. The design of the project is anticipated to be complete in six months with an additional month for permitting.
  • The terraced seating on the slope at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre is substantially complete. The Certificate of Occupancy was obtained April 24th and an Open House for the public was held May 10th. The project created terraced seating on the hillside behind the existing amphitheatre. The terraced seating was formed through the placement of small retaining walls with artificial turn for the surface. Lawn chairs can be placed on the terraces to view performances at the facility.
  • A new Master Plan for Old Clarkdale Park was approved by the BOC. A detailed design scope was developed and the top (3) ranked firm’s proposals were submitted to the BOC at the April 9th meeting. Approval to negotiate scope and fee with the highest ranked firm was received and negotiations have been completed. The approval of the designer for the project will be submitted to the BOC for consideration in June.
For more information on the SPLOST projects, see the Cobb County SPLOST website.


Help Shape Cobb County's Transportation Future

Cobb County, including the six municipalities within, is updating the 2040 Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). The update is branded as CobbForward and will assess transportation conditions and needs to the year 2050. Since the adoption of the current plan (2015), there have been many changes in Cobb County including population/employment growth, transportation needs, and the availability of new technologies. CobbForward will result in a project list that will position the County and Cities for future implementation.  

We want to know what you think about Cobb County’s transportation future. Please take an interactive online survey to help us understand what solutions you think are best for your community. Please click on the survey link to provide your input.

Cobb PARKS Staffer Certified as Cartegraph Administrator

Cobb PARKS is in its’ infant stages of implementing Cartegraph, an Operations Management System (OMS) which will help the PARKS Department capture data, analyze it, and prepare for the future. The software allows staff to efficiently manage every task in the workday. From routine maintenance to unexpected repairs, crew chiefs and supervisors can easily create, assign, and track any type of task or work order. Staff will have the ability to use ArcGIS maps to quickly see the location of assigned tasks, and mapping of assets such as: trails, playgrounds, utilities, ponds, parking lots, structures, athletic spaces, fences, facilities, amenities, and park properties. Future plans include allowing residents to submit non-emergency service requests directly to the PARKS work management system.

Caroline Johnston, PARKS GIS Analyst, recently attended the Cartegraph National Conference in Denver, Colorado. While at the conference, Ms. Johnston received training on new releases and took a test evaluating her knowledge of the software. We are proud to announce that she became a Cartegraph Certified Administrator.

Celebrate July 4th in Powder Springs at SpringsFest on the 4th!

Bring your family and celebrate Independence Day in Powder Springs. There will be face painting, bouncy houses, and a game truck, all free. Enjoy live entertainment and giant bubbles by Sweet Pea the Clown & Markey. There will be line dance lessons by Kim Armstrong and much more. It will be fun for the entire family. The evening will climax with an awesome fireworks show!

Food Truck vendors are waiting to serve you, including Kona Ice, Greedy Man's BBQ, King of Pops, Daddy's Girl Gourmet, Fat Daddy's Smokin' BBQ, Frozen Cow Creamery and Lil Red Truck with their fried Oreos and funnel cakes - just to name a few. And there will be an artisan market with vendors ready to entice you with their unique items.

The event will take place at Powder Springs Park located at 3899 Brownsville Road in Powder Springs on July 4th from 4 pm-10 pm. If you're interested in being a Sponsor/Vendor or want more information visit the event website or call 404-954-2576.

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.

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

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Facebook Athletics
Natural Resources
Recreation Centers
East Cobb Park
Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
Cobb Civic Center
Mable House Barnes Ampitheatre
Mable House Arts Center
The Art Place - Mountain View
The Art Station - Big Shanty
Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center
Cobblestone Golf Course
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