Cobb PARKS Gymnastics Celebrates 50 Years of Programming
In April 1971, Cobb County Parks and Recreation offered the first gymnastics class at Mableton Middle School. Peg Adams, a pioneer in Georgia gymnastics, started the program with 12 students (including 3 of her own), nine tufted mats, a wooden balance beam, a set of parallel bars and a vaulting buck. In 1972 the program moved to Osborne Middle School which had purchased gymnastics equipment. Coupled with better equipment and interest generated by Olga Korbut in the 1972 Olympics, enrollment grew and Cobb Parks gymnastics began a competition team, later to be named Cobb Challengers. In 1973 and 1974 programming expanded into Griffin and Floyd Middle Schools.
As the program grew it became difficult to obtain practice time for the competition team. Adams worked with Cobb Parks to find suitable places to practice. After meeting with the Cobb Commissioners it was agreed the team would have a home in the soon to be built Cobb Civic Center. During the summer of 1975, while awaiting the finishing touches to the Civic Center, the team practiced in a barn at the county fairgrounds along with their enthusiastic spectators, the stabled farm animals. In 1975 instructional classes were offered in 11 satellite locations and the competitive team practiced in the Civic Center. But within a year, as gymnastics participation increased at the Civic Center and programming and practices were cancelled due to events at the facility, it was becoming apparent that a dedicated gymnastics facility was necessary.
In July of 1977 the Cobb Gymnastics Center building was opened. At the time, Cobb Gymnastics was one of the largest comprehensive instructional and competitive programs in the southeast. The original 8,000 square foot facility has since had two additions, one in 1985 and the second in 2007.
The recreational program has steadily increased the number of classes offered for each session since reopening in July after closing March 2020 due to COVID-19. Currently, the spring session has 59 classes offered with a full enrollment of 350 students and many on the waiting list. In a 'normal' year, typically up to 700 students are enrolled per session. Staff plans to continue to expand programming for the summer and especially in fall following the summer Olympics games. Although limiting the number of spots for registration summer camp will be offered through Unlimited Gymnastics beginning in June.
The Challengers competitive program continues to thrive under a new head coach. This season the Challengers girls team had numerous state champions on various pieces of apparatus and competitive levels. Ten team members qualified for their levels regional competition to compete against gymnasts from seven southeastern states. In addition to the girls competitive team, the Challengers started a new boys team in late 2020 consisting of six boys ages 6–8 years old. All six boys successfully qualified and competed in the State meet in March 2021. Additionally there are the college competitors, the GA USAGymnastics Men’s program created a unique team called GA United. This team brings together former competitive gymnasts who attend college in Georgia and allows them the opportunity to compete against other college men’s programs. The Challengers have teamed up with five members of GA United to practice on Friday evenings. They have had two virtual competitions in their inaugural season.
The Cobb Gymnastics Center is still going strong, with instructional programs offered year around. For information on our gymnastics programming, see our website.
Two New Parks Open in Cobb
Cobb PARKS has two new parks! Discovery Park at the Riverline and Mableton Town Square Park are the latest additions for fun in Cobb!
Mableton Town Square
The one-acre “pocket park” and featured playground is located on Church Street in the original downtown Mableton area. The site was created by a public-private partnership as part of a long-range master plan aimed at re-imagining the community's historic center. For more information about the Mableton Improvement Coalition, visit mableton.org.
Discovery Park at the Riverline
6653 Discovery Blvd, Mableton, GA 30126
This property includes more than one mile of river frontage and a variety of well-preserved Civil War-era earthworks. A portion of the property has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has deed restrictions which only allow its use as a historic park with passive recreation and interpretation.
New Escape Room in West Cobb; Win One of Four Golden Tickets
Cobb PARKS staff is opening a new escape room in front of its disc golf course between Green Meadows and Oregon Park. Registration is open for the first of three themed rooms this year, the Emporium, which runs May 21-July 31.
Your cousin, the owner of the local Emporium, 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. One team, one hour, one chance to mix it right…
You also have a chance to win one of four Golden Tickets. Each Golden Ticket holder will receive an escape room package for up to six people to the Emporium and a goody bag from Rocket Fizz - Marietta. To enter the Golden Ticket contest, click here.
For more information on the Emporium Escape Room, visit cobbparksescaperooms.com.
Outdoor Pools Opening This Month
As summer nears, Cobb PARKS outdoor pools are set to open soon. Cobb has two outdoor pools: Seven Springs Water Park and Sewell Park Pool. Seven Springs Water Park is located within Wild Horse Creek Park at 3820 Macedonia Road, Powder Springs. Sewell Park Pool is located at 2055 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta. Both locations offer family passes that are available for purchase.
Sewell Park Pool is excited to announce their opening day Saturday, May 29. Come beat the heat and enjoy a hot afternoon relaxing by the pool. Admission is $3.50 for children ages 2-17, $4.50 for adults and $3 for seniors (for Cobb residents). Non-resident admission fees are $5.25 for youth, $6.75 for adult, and $4.50 for seniors. Group and pool rental packages are available. For information, contact the Central Aquatic Center at (770) 528-8465. Scheduling and hours of operation are as follows:
Sewell Park Pool Schedule
May 29 – July 31: Daily from 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
August 1 – September 6: Saturday and Sunday only from 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
The pool will be open Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Groups and Pool Rental Available: Call Steve Hendrix at (770) 528-8470.
Seven Springs Water Park is looking forward to another wonderful, hot summer staying cool. Whether you are enjoying the 2 large water slides, the splash pad or a relaxing float on the lazy river, Seven Springs has something for everyone. Opening day at the water park is Saturday, May 29. The park is open to the public and season passes are available. Passes can be purchased at the park or online on our website. Admission is $4 for children ages 3-17, $6 for adults and $3 for seniors (for Cobb residents). Non-resident admission fees are $6 for youth, $9 for adult, and $4.50 for seniors. Seven Springs will have two sessions this year. Each session will require separate admission. Scheduling and hours of operation for Seven Springs are as follows:
Seven Springs Water Park Schedule
May 29 – Aug. 1 daily
Aug. 7 – Sept. 6 - Weekends only (plus Labor Day)
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The pools will be open for Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st. For more information regarding the pools, see our website.
Time to register for summer camps
Cobb PARKS offers a variety of summer camps in arts, recreation programs, tennis, nature camps, golf and gymnastics. Registration is in progress for most summer camp programs.
This year, camps will limit numbers due to COVID-19 protocols. Many camps fill up quickly, so don't be left out this summer. Online registration is available for many camp programs. Visit our online registration site
to set up an account if you don't already have one.
Summer Camp To-Go
This summer, we're bringing the fun your way! Cobb PARKS has the perfect summertime program that you can take anywhere and always have fun things to do, no matter where you are. We've got it all: From sports and arts and crafts, to the great outdoors and cooking, Summer Camp To-Go will give your kiddo a real camp feel, there's even a virtual campfire! Register today, to get your supplies to tackle summer activities and make memorable moments! Each package provides enough supplies for one months-worth of fun and activities. Don’t miss out!
Cost is just $99, and registration is currently in progress. Online registration available or call (770) 528-8800.
Work for Cobb PARKS!
Cobb PARKS is hiring full and part-time staff for maintenance, summer camp counselors, lifeguards, tennis center staff and other positions. See a full listing of positions here.
For summertime Camp Counselor and Camp Coordinator positions, please call one of the following locations:
Ward Recreation Center, Tara Vroman: (770) 528-8885
Fullers Recreation Center, Clinton Jones: (770) 509-2737
Ron Anderson Recreation Center, Lionel Garrett: (770) 439-3611
Fair Oaks Recreation Center, Dorian Cameron: (770) 528-4053
Windy Hill Community Center (Therapeutics), Clintina Mitchell: (770) 528-2562
Must be at least 18 years of age and available for the duration of the summer camp season. Salary varies depending on assigned position. More detail can be found here.
Camp Counselors are also needed at Cobb's art centers. For information on those positions, contact:
Mable House Art Center, Libby Geiselmayr: (770) 819-3285
Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center, Suzzanne Anicette: (770) 509-2711
The Art Place, Caitlin King: (770) 509-2700
The Art Station, Kimberly Flores: (770) 514-5930
For part-time work at one of our tennis centers, please call one of these following locations:
Fair Oaks Tennis Center - Tyler Couch (770) 528-8480
Harrison Tennis Center - Wayne Miller (770) 591-3151
Lost Mountain Tennis Center - Tony Oswald (770) 528-8525
You can find information on all open positions with Cobb PARKS at the Human Resources website.
PARKS Newest Mobile Rentals
Cobb County PARKS has a mobile LED movie screen and stage available for rent to provide entertainment at your outdoor events. This mobile entertainment unit is an excellent medium-sized option. With a screen size of 15 feet wide by 8 feet tall, it can be seen from up to 250 feet away. The screen’s compact design, fast setup and easy one-person operation is the perfect choice for events ranging from outdoor programs and performing arts showcases to movie nights in the park and large festivals.
Cobb County PARKS has a mobile entertainment stage available for community festivals, events and outdoor programs. The MSM 3600 ShowMaster Mobile Sound Shell Stage offers convenient setup, excellent sound projection and control, plus an onboard electric generator to power integrated lighting and your favorite sound system. For pricing and rental information, please contact Josh Smith at (770) 528-8832.
For a full listing of upcoming activities and events, visit the Cobb County Master Event Calendar.
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.