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May 2022

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Shrine Circus Returns to Jim Miller Park

It's getting closer by the day. We can't wait for you to join us at the 80th annual Yaarab Shrine Circus and Fair May 21st - May 30th at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta.

The Yaarab Shrine is known for having the world’s largest Shrine Circus. It is a popular annual family event that offers an affordable, safe, and wholesome environment for adults and children of all ages. In addition to the twenty-two circus performances under The Big Top, there will be more than forty exciting carnival rides and attractions. Enjoy decadent foods such as hot wings, funnel cakes, cotton candy, fried Oreos, snow cones, elephant ears, and more!

The midway (carnival rides) will open on Friday, May 20th at 5pm, with circus performances beginning on Saturday, May 21st and running through Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th. Circus grounds will open at 10am on Saturdays, 12pm on Sundays, 5pm Monday-Friday, and 10am on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30th).

​America's premier carnival company, Wade Shows, consistently ranks as one of the top five amusement companies in the industry. For over 100 years, Wade Shows has been the leader in bringing affordable family entertainment to carnival fans throughout the country. There is something to find for the whole family as 35 rides including the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Wacky Worm will be there for kids of all ages! With more than 100 amusement rides and attractions, Wade thrills over 15 million people each year.

Opening weekend specials are available online. Please see website for circus performance schedule, ride information and to purchase tickets.

May is National Tennis Month

Tennis is booming, and what better way to find yourself in the game than through special events and play opportunities with Cobb PARKS as part of National Tennis Month this May! National Tennis Month is a nationwide grassroots effort driven by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and its industry partners celebrating tennis, a sport which challenges one both physically and mentally. Cobb tennis centers have many opportunities to hit the courts this month, many of them FREE. Here are some of the tennis events lined-up for May:

May 7 - Free Adult Tennis Drills (Sweetwater Tennis Center)
Free adult tennis drills - all levels are welcome. Please register here.

May 20 - Round Robin Social (Kennworth Tennis Center).
Friday night 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Free event - reserve your spot by calling Kennworth Tennis Center (770) 917-5160.
All levels of play welcome! Tennis balls, food (hot dogs), and fun will be provided.

May 21-23 - National 12s Level 2 Tournament (Harrison Tennis Center)
Come by and watch some of the top young tennis players in the country compete! Play begins at 8am daily. Free event.

May 27 - Tennis Block Party (Fair Oaks Tennis Center)
Please join Cobb County PARKS and Atlanta Youth Tennis and Education Foundation (AYTEF) for a free tennis event at Fair Oaks Tennis Center. No equipment or experience is necessary.  Fun tennis games, pizza and hit for prizes. All ages welcome! To register for the event, please visit AYTEF website and click on Community Outreach - Block Party. We hope to see you there!

May 28 - Tennis X Games (Terrell Mill Tennis Center)
Challenge your skills as a singles or double tandem on a 6 challenge event. For information and registration, see website.

Learn to play tennis! Registration is in progress through May for summer tennis classes. To register, see website.

For more information about National Tennis Month, visit USTA.com/NationalTennisMonth or search hashtag #NationalTennisMonth on social media.

National Events Hosted by Cobb PARKS

Cobb County PARKS will be hosting two national level events in the month of May. The Dixieland Nationals BMX event will bring hundreds of racers to Cobb for their annual event, and Harrison Tennis Center will be hosting the National 12s Level 2 tournament, which will bring many top national tennis players into Cobb.

The Dixieland Nationals is an annual BMX event held at the state-of-the-art bicycle motocross racing track at Wild Horse Creek Park in Powder Springs. The event is hosted by Cobb County BMX and will attract hundreds of racers from all over the country. All ages and levels compete in this event, including the top BMX racers in the country. Past events have included some of the USA Olympic team members and medalists. This event is open to spectators free of charge, and promises to provide many exciting races throughout the weekend. For information on Cobb County BMX, see their facebook page.

The National 12s Level 2 tennis tournament returns to Harrison Tennis Center May 21st-23rd. This event will attract many top national players in the 12 and under division for boys and girls. Cobb PARKS and Harrison Tennis Center has hosted a national tournament annually since the early 2000s (with the exception of 2020 for COVID). Past tournaments have had players that have later competed on the professional circuit. This event is free of charge for spectators, so come out and see some great tennis! For tournament information and tournament draws, see website.

These national events are possible due to the quality facilities and programs we have in Cobb County. Not only do these provide recreational opportunities for Cobb County residents, but they provide an economic impact bringing dollars into Cobb. Please come out and enjoy both of these major sporting events taking place this month!

Seven Springs Water Park Opening in May

Seven Springs Water Park will open for our 8th season on May 28th!  We will offer two separate sessions, 12pm–3pm and 4pm–7pm, 7 days a week through August 1st.  Please see website for more details!  We look forward to a summer full of fun and staying cool at the pool!

Little Free Library on the Silver Comet Trail

We are excited to announce that there is a new Little Free Library along the Silver Comet Trail. Located in the Silver Comet Trail - Concord Road Parking Lot, this Little Free Library was started and installed with the help of the Friends of the Concord Covered Bridge Historic District, Cobb County Parks, and the Bragg Family.

This Little Free Library belongs to the community and is for children and adults. We encourage you to take a book or two if you find one you like and leave a book if you can (but it’s not required). To learn more about the Little Free Library community visit their website. Download the app on iOS and android to find more Little Free Libraries. If you have any questions please contact silvercometLFL@gmail.com.

Violet F. Stout Park

PARKS will be taking bids later this month for the construction of Phase I of the master plan build-out of Violet F. Stout Park.  The park is located at 5315 Brownsville Road, Powder Springs and is planned to be utilized by Cobb County’s equestrian community.  The park is a little over 300 acres with Sweetwater Creek running through a portion of the property.  Planned elements of Phase I include a deceleration lane, turn lane, and widening of the park entrance to accommodate horse trailers, as well as vehicular and pull-through trailer parking, an open arena, and restrooms.  A bridge over the creek is also planned to allow travel on horseback to other portions of the property that are currently not accessible from the parking area.  PARKS hopes to begin construction in the Fall and expects construction to take around a year. You can view the master plan for the park here.

New Playground Scheduled for Thompson Park

If you have noticed some construction work around Thompson Park, a new playground is being installed! Work has been completed to remove the old playground equipment and the new playground is in process of being constructed. Work should be complete in mid-to-late May.

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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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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