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Property Nominations Currently Being Accepted
On November 4, 2008, Cobb County voters overwhelmingly approved a $40 million bond referendum to purchase property for future park development. With 90% of Cobb County already developed, 65% of Cobb's voters approved the bond referendum. Now through January 31, 2009, property nominations are being accepted for consideration of properties being purchased for future parks. To nominate a property for consideration, click on the button found in this article or follow this link.
The approval of the 2008 bond referendum follows on the heels of the successful 2006 parks bond referendum. In 2006, Cobb voters overwhelmingly approved issuing a $40 million bond to purchase properties for parks. The county has since worked diligently to enhance quality of life in this category, including the acquisition of more than 300 acres of greenspace. Follow this link information regarding the properties purchased from the 2006 bond referendum.
Now is the Time to Register for Spring Sports
Registration for all spring sports programs is coming up fast! All spring youth sports programs will begin open registration in January for the upcoming season. Now is the time to find the best program for your child as there are activities all over the county for youth from ages 4-19. Practices and games will begin in February. Youth sports in Cobb are managed by youth associations, so registration dates and times will vary. To find specific information on the sport of your interest, see the youth athletics web page here. Most youth associations have web sites or phone numbers where you can find additional information.
Adult spring softball registration begins in February. For those interested, you can download a softball registration packet on the adult softball web page. See the adult athletics web page for a listing of all programs.
Harrison Tennis Center Wins Award
Harrison Tennis Center has been named the recipient of the '2008 QuickStart Award'. The United States Tennis Association - Southern Section continues its tradition of annually honoring an outstanding participant in a USTA sponsored program. This award recognizes facilities or organizations as the USTA - Southern Section’s most outstanding QuickStart programs. The award is given to an individual or organization for outstanding participation, performance, and promotion of QuickStart programs. This award will be presented at the opening session of the USTA - Southern Section Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, January 16, 2009.
USTA's QuickStart program is a program that teaches tennis to youth players and special needs players on 36' mini courts. Harrison Tennis Center was selected in 2007 as a pilot program site and within a few weeks the program was filled with participants. In 2008, Cobb County, along with supporting grants and sponsorships from USTA, ALTA, and other organizations and businesses built the first USTA approved 36' QuickStart tennis courts in the country. The Harrison Area Community Tennis Association, headed by president Jenny Christoffersen, and facility manager Steve Lottinger, were instrumental in organizing this fund-raising effort.
The courts have become an instant hit with youth players and special needs players. The courts are filled daily with instructional programs, and a regular special pops tennis program has also been successful. Congratulations to the Harrison tennis staff, instructors, and the Harrison Community Tennis Association for making this program and facility a successful model for this USTA program.
2008 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest Results
Entries have been submitted for the 2008 'Fun in the Park' Photo Contest and the entries have been reviewed by a panel of seven judges. The judges were comprised of members of the Cobb Photographic Society (Jerrie Paschal, Mary Abernathy, and Don Grider), Cultural Affairs Arts staff/instructors (Nelah Gabler, Ann Tewelow, and Sheila Giddens) and Parks staff (Mark Chandler). There were about 270 entries for the judges to review, by far the most that had ever been entered. Many great photos were submitted making it very difficult for the judges to select the very best.
The winning photographers were: Amy Wade, Savannah Billington, Loretta Brucciani, Jacqueline Landa, Eileen McDermott, Stephanie Freitas, Jayden Medina, Claire Hunkler, Ginny Jarvis, Kaye Wilson, Amy Hunkler, Adrienne Wilson, Susan Tyrlick, and Kris Wooten. The winning photos can be viewed here.
you to everyone who participated! There will be a new contest for 2009,
start taking your photos for the 2009 'Fun in the Park" Photo Contest!
A true family event! Open to daddies and daughters, sons and mothers of all ages. Enjoy a night with your 'date' with great music, dancing, and refreshments. Dress is semiformal to formal. This is a great opportunity to make another magical memory with your child! Bring your dancing shoes and camera! There will be two dances; the annual event held at the Fullers Recreation Center and the first annual dance at the Ron Anderson Recreation Center. Register early because space is limited. Reservations are required.
Friday, February 13 from 6:00pm-10:00pm - Ron Anderson Recreation Center (Barcode 20340)
For information, call (770) 439-3611
Online Registration Now Available for Clarkdale Park Youth Baseball
It may still be cold outside, but now is the time to register for youth baseball for the spring season with Southwest Baseball Association at Clarkdale Park. Recreational baseball is available for ages 3-18 for boys and girls. You may register online at www.southwestbaseball.org now through January 17th or in person at Clarkdale Park on January 3rd and January 17th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Early bird registration by January 3rd gives $20 off each registration!