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September 2020

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Taste of the Fair

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 the weekends of Sept. 25-27 and 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"!

New PARKS Pond Signs

Goin’ fishing? Be on the lookout for PARKS’ all new interactive ponds signs! To promote and maintain a valuable natural resource, PARKS has installed educational signs to inform residents about park fishing ponds. Each sign displays the pond’s current fishing status and creel limits along with a QR code that, once scanned with a smart device, takes you to a website with more information. The PARKS Pond website features details on the type of fish we stock in our ponds, where to park, as well as the location of nearby restrooms and park amenities. For more information, please see the Pond Site page.

Check out this YouTube video to see how the signs work. If you fish at one of the Cobb PARKS ponds, please fill out this survey to tell us about your fishing experience! Survey results will be used to more efficiently maintain pond restocking plans. You can find the survey here.

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.

'Back to School' Bash a Success

As school returns for the fall, staff/partners/volunteers came together at the Fair Oaks Recreation Center to give out around 400 book bags and school supplies to the youth of the Fair Oaks community at our annual 'Back-to-School Bash'. Volunteers included Cobb County staff from multiple departments, sponsors and those from the community. Chic-Fil-A at Macland Crossing provided free 'Kids Meal Cards'.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

  • Amerigroup
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market Marietta
  • Walmart Marietta - Earnest Barrett Parkway
  • Chick-fil-A Macland Crossing
  • Joyette Holmes
  • Cobb County Water System
  • Keep Cobb Beautiful
  • Reflections of Trinity
It was truly a great day. Thank you to all that came out and made this a great event!

Escape Rooms and Halloween Hunt - Registration Opens Soon!

This Fall the Mable House Arts Center brings you two new activities! There will be TWO Escape Room adventures and a Halloween Hunt! The two escape room adventures are  Escape Camp Cliché and Escape the Tomb of Pharaoh Rocher. These escape rooms will run with limited availability beginning Oct. 1 through Oct. 10. Designed with social distancing in mind. Masks and gloves will be required.

Is virtual more your thing? Then join us Oct. 23-30  for our inaugural Halloween Hunt. Safely social distance with this team based scavenger hunt.
Registration opens Sept. 16 for both of these fun events - The Mable House Arts Center’s Escape Rooms and Halloween Hunt. Call 770-819-3285 or see our website for more details.

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.

Registration Starting Soon for Swimming and Gymnastics

The Aquatic Centers will begin swimming lessons in September and registration will begin on Aug. 29. Class sizes will be limited and the lessons that will be offered are Parent and Child classes and advanced swimming levels where instructors can conduct classes while practicing social distancing. During the Parent and Child classes the student will be in the water with a parent and the instructor will work with the parent and student on water adjustment skills. The other classes being offered will be Advanced Swimmer and Pre-Competitive and the prerequisites for both classes require students to be able to swim freestyle for 25 yards with rotary breathing. The Advance Swimmer and Pre-Competitive classes will teach the students additional swimming strokes like breaststroke and backstroke and will work on stroke development and efficiency. Classes will be offered in September and October on weekdays and Saturdays. Please check online for registration dates and the schedule of classes being offered at each facility.

Also, the Gymnastics Center will be offering fall classes beginning in October and registration will be on Sept. 22. For a list of classes and session dates please check the Gymnastics Center web page.

Cobb PARKS Partners With Cobb County Community Services Board

Cobb County Community Services Board is excited about a new partnership with Cobb PARKS. Earlier this summer, individuals in the intellectual/developmental disability Community Access Group (CAG) started volunteering twice a week at Cobb County area parks. The group picks up trash from playgrounds, weeds gardens, and performs other general clean-up activities to help keep the county parks looking great.

Community Access Group services at Cobb County Community Services Board (CCCSB) are individually planned to meet an individual’s needs and preferences for active community participation. The goal is to improve an individual’s access to the community through increased skills and natural supports. Volunteering is one way to achieve this goal.

Supplied with gloves, trash bags, tongs, and plenty of water, the group recently beautified Sweetwater Park and Clarksdale Park in Austell, Wild Horse Creek Park in Powder Springs and will continue to volunteer Mondays and Wednesdays (weather permitting). "We look for ways to actively participate in our community," says LaTasha Hogan, Disability Services Program Supervisor for Community Access Services at Cobb County Community Services Board. "It is a great outdoor activity for a few hours a week that enhances quality of life for everyone."

By volunteering, members of the group are making a valuable contribution to the community. Jimmy Gisi, Director of Cobb PARKS, says volunteers are important to keeping Cobb parks beautiful. "With resources at the level that they are right now, we are excited to have volunteers to help us maintain Cobb County's parkland," says Gisi. "With more than 6000 acres of parkland in our inventory, volunteers play a vital role in maintaining the quality of our parks. We are excited to have Cobb County Community Services Board as a partner."

Registration Open for Cobb 4-H

Have you joined the club yet? Cobb 4-H has planned many engaging activities for Cobb County students this fall. Cobb 4-H programming is open to K-12th grade students. Though our programming may look a bit different this fall with increased virtual programming and a few small in person activities, we still strive to keep our kids excited, engaged, learning, all while having fun! Activities this fall include:

  • County Council (general monthly 4-H meeting)
  • Cloverbuds (K-3rd grade)
  • Homeschool Science
  • Horse and Pony Club
  • Virtual Cooking Club
  • NEW Virtual SPIN Clubs with activity kits
  • Much more!!

To learn more about our activities and how to register visit our website or email bkelley@uga.edu.  Registration is in progress.

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.

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

Follow PARKS programs on Facebook!

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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