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October 2020

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Fall Festival of Fun...drive-thru style

Cobb PARKS, iHeartMedia Atlanta and Safe Kids Cobb County present the 21st Annual Fall Festival of Fun - “drive-thru style”. This event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 4-8 p.m. at Al Bishop Softball Complex located at 1082 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta, GA 30008. 

Wear your costumes and bring your goody bags for a fun drive-thru event. Participants are asked to stay in their car as they enjoy the fun characters (Princesses, Dinosaurs, Bob the Builder, and more!)  located throughout the park. Don’t forget to stop at each station to collect goodies from the “Candy Fairy”.  

For more information, please call 770-528-8800.

Taste of the Fair - last chance this weekend!

Although the North Georgia State Fair had to be cancelled for this year, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on all that great fair food! The "Taste of the Fair" will take place at Jim R. Miller Park (in the main parking lot) on Oct. 2-4. Admission is free for the event, but in support of Must Ministries, we request patrons to donate seven non-perishable food items to benefit our local food pantry that has been hit hard during the pandemic. With your donation, you will receive a free ticket to the 2021 Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair. 

You will have the option to drive-through or walk-up. Drive-through 'in-car' service will have a limited menu where you will place your order with an attendant who will deliver the food to you. With walk-up service, there will be the full menu available to you. Vendors and menu options will be posted on social media sites prior to the event.

The hours for the event are Friday from 4 p.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from Noon - 8 p.m. Those doing the walk-up service are highly encouraged to wear a mask. For more information, the North Georgia State Fair office contact number is 770-423-1330, their website can be found here, or follow them on social media. Menus coming soon! Mark your calendars and we will see you at the "Taste of the Fair"!

2020 'Fun in the Park' photo contest

As you are out enjoying Cobb parks and facilities, be sure to bring your camera and capture the fun and memories of your sports activities, the beauty of nature and wildlife in the parks and anything else that shows why you enjoy spending time at the park. You can enter up to 10 of your best shots in the 16th annual "Fun in the Park' Photo Contest. The contest is open to all photographers. See rules and download the entry form on the photo contest web page. The deadline for entry coming soon (Nov. 4), so be sure to take those photos and submit your entries!

Mable House has great fall events upcoming; register now

Escape Room: Escape the Tomb of Pharaoh Rocher
Oct. 1-3 and 8-10
$60 per family up to six players
Beginner level room, recommended for families with children ages 5 and older
For questions or private party dates and times call 770-819-3285.

Escape Room: Escape Camp Cliché
Oct. 2-3 and 9-10
$30 per two players, $90 for private room up to six players
Intermediate level room, suggested age is 13 and older
For questions or private party dates and times call 770-819-3285.

Art Box Mystery- Halloween Edition
Registration open through Oct. 2. Get your personal PARKS projects delivered directly to your door. Receive mystery crafts and activities to do when you want, all in the comfort of your own home. Your weekly package includes: one craft, one activity, a personalized note from your PARKS family and one cartoon collectible. Siblings can share a subscription; however, each envelope is designed with one person in mind. For more information, click here.

Thursday Thirty
New series! Join us as we journey through inspiring weekly live video talks given by various artists, musicians, historians, industry leaders and more. These free cultural conversations will primarily focus on the arts and humanities of our world. Each Thursday Thirty will be a 20-minute interview or topical presentation followed by a ten-minute question and answer session via Webex. Our first guest will be Jimmy Gisi, the director of Cobb PARKS, discussing the history and development of the Mable House Complex (watch this episode here). Webex links will be shared on the Mable House Arts Center and Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre pages every Tuesday.

Quest: Halloween Hunt
Join the inaugural virtual Halloween Hunt Oct. 23-30. Safely social distance with this team-based scavenger hunt. Registration is open now and the deadline is Oct. 20. To register, click here.

For more information on these events, visit mablehouse.org or call 770-819-3285.

Movies and Bands: Drive-in Edition

Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre staff is hosting fun events for movie and music lovers. Movies and Bands: Drive-In Edition will showcase new musical acts and movies. To best accommodate health and social distancing protocols, these events will be held at Al Bishop Park in Marietta. All performances will start at 7 p.m. and the movies will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per vehicle and can be purchased through our website.  Our schedule for October is:

Friday, Oct. 16
Movie: “Rocketman”
Performance: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road Atlanta's Tribute to Elton John

Saturday, Oct. 17
Movie: “Drumline”
Performance: Xclusive Percussion, a drumline entertainment company

Health and safety are priorities at this event, so patrons will have two options to watch the show. Each vehicle will be assigned two parking spaces: one for the vehicle, the other to keep social distance. With audience members spread out to every third parking space, safe social distancing can be maintained. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, pillows or anything that makes them comfortable within the confines of their assigned spaces. If patrons prefer not to sit outside, they can remain in their vehicles and tune in to the movie and performance feed broadcast through their car radios.

2020 SPLOST Renewal

Cobb residents will be asked in November of 2020 to renew the county’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for another six years. The current SPLOST, which has built regional libraries, major transportation projects, and upgraded our parks and buildings, will expire in December of 2021.

The SPLOST has been a fixture in Cobb County for decades, helping the county and its cities upgrade its infrastructure without putting more burden on property taxes. If voters approve the extension, the focus will be maintaining that infrastructure, while also building a new animal shelter, upgrade public safety facilities, and continuing needed improvements to park facilities. For PARKS, improvements would include:

  • Implement Technology, Life Safety & Security Improvements
  • Building renovations and improvements
  • Synthetic Turf Conversion and replacement
  • Electrical & lighting upgrades
  • Site, Erosion Pond/Lake/Dam Improvements
  • Mechanical System Replacements
  • Park and Facility Signage

You can view a detailed park's list here. For more information, see Cobb County's website.

4-H LEGO STEM Challenge

Calling all Cobb County kindergarten-12th grade students: Join UGA Extension-Cobb 4-H for our annual LEGO STEM Challenge. This year's theme is 'Imagination, Inspiration and Engineering'. Use this theme to create a LEGO structure that can make a lasting impact on your community. To enter, submit a photo of your structure and a 60-second video clip highlighting how your design can make a difference in the community. Email all entries to Kathleen McElroy at kathleen.mcelroy@cobbcounty.org with LEGO in the subject line. The deadline to submit entries is Oct. 7, and gift card prizes will be awarded to winners in each age category.

For more information, view the event flyer by clicking here.

COVID-19 Testing Continues at Jim Miller Park

Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department are conducting COVID-19 testing from 7am-7pm Monday-Friday  and 7am-noon on Saturday. Hours are subject to change. You must register with them online at www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com or by phone at 770-514-2300.          

Silver Comet Trail Approved for Extension

Recently, the Georgia Board of Natural Resources approved an extension to the Silver Comet Trail. Agreements with Cobb County, the state Department of Transportation and PATH Foundation were approved unanimously to add 2.3 miles to the eastern end of the trail. This addition will take the Trail inside of I-285 for the first time.  

Currently, the Silver Comet Trail is 61.5 miles running along abandoned rail line through Cobb, Paulding and Polk Counties to the Georgia/Alabama state line. The PATH Foundation agreed to build the extension at no cost to the state and Cobb County will operate and maintain the new section. Completion is estimated to be by the end of 2021.                                               

Boots Ward instructor receives 7th degree black belt

Beverly Busker received her 7th degree black belt last month in the art of Choi Kwang-do. She has been training under Grand Master Kwang Jo Choi for 24 years. Beverly is the highest-ranking female of Universal Martial Arts in the world. As an instructor at Boots Ward Recreation Center, Busker passes on her knowledge and passion for martial arts to children and adults. During the pandemic, most of her classes are taught online, but normally she teaches up to 15 classes a week. She is quoted saying “it’s not a job to me, it’s a lifestyle.” Beverly is such an important part of the Cobb County community and continues to provide a program that not only keeps our youth active but also teaches them respect for others and helps to build character. Beverly isn’t done with titles yet, she plans to test for her 8th degree black belt in the future.

Family fun and outdoor activity safety program

The Cobb Co Neighborhood Safety Commission invites you to the Family Fun and Outdoor Activity Safety Program. Learn ways you, your family and friends can enjoy your outdoor activities - safely! The event will take place Wed., Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. This event has been designed to provide participants with up-to-date information and tips to help you to enjoy your activities more; and worry less! 
This outdoor and socially distanced program is coordinated by the Cobb County Neighborhood Safety Commission and the topics that will be covered are:

  • Outdoor Recreation at-a-glance  
  • Outdoor areas & safety 
  • Personal Safety:  
    • Hazards caused by humans vs.
    • Hazards caused by nature 
  • Plan your outing:  Clothing, equipment, safety  
  • Tips:  Maintain a posture of safety 
  • When to call 911 
  • Introduction to ELM (Emergency Locator Marker)
  • And, meet Patrick Gamman the new Superintendent of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Your hosts for this event are US National Parks Service, Cobb Co Police, Cobb Co EMA, Cobb Co 911, Marietta Police and Cobb PARKS. Please bring your walking shoes and enjoy the park!  Each session will be limited to 50 people (first come basis). This is an outdoor event and will be held weather permitting. 
Please bring your own mask – sessions will be held in a socially distanced manner. This is the first of a series of ‘Outdoor Family Fun & Safety Program’ events that will be held across Cobb County.
For additional information and directions please visit Cobb Co NSC or Facebook. This event will be available on Facebook Live (Cobb County Police).

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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The Art Station - Big Shanty
Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center
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