East Cobb Park expansion vote at BOC meeting

Cobb residents celebrating county commission decision to move forward with parks bond-- photo by Larry Felton JohnsonCobb residents celebrating county commission decision to move forward with parks bond-- photo by Larry Felton Johnson

Purchase of additional land for East Cobb Park

The Cobb BOC will vote on the purchase of additional Tritt property for the current East Cobb Park. The price will be $8.4 million.  If approved, the 30-acre purchase will use the last of the 2017 Supplemental Parks Bond funds, plus an additional $102,000 from the Friends for the East Cobb Park. 

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The land is owned by Wylene Tritt.

The vote will take place at the regular meeting of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, Tuesday, June 26, 7 p.m. at 100 Cherokee St., 2nd Floor BOC Room, Marietta Ga. 30090.

> Read the proposed contract for the purchase here.

District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott

District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott represents the area surrounding the park.

He said in an email newsletter, “The chance to purchase some of the Tritt Property is an exciting opportunity and it would preserve a pristine part of Cobb County that would be enjoyed for generations to come.  I want to thank Mrs. Tritt for her willingness to work with the county. District 2 has the least amount of available land for parks and this is a significant contribution to the neighbors who have been asking us to look at this property for years.”

Location of the park

East Cobb Park is located at 3322 Roswell Road  Marietta 30068.  The additional land will expand the park immediately east of the existing park and would include an easement linking it to Roswell Road. According to Ott’s newsletter, the plan is to preserve the newly added property in its current state for the time being.

The parks bond

In 2008 the Board of Commissioners had approved a resolution for $40 million in bonds, and the voters approved it in a referendum by a large margin, but the county put the plan on hold in the face of the recession and the drop in property values in 2009-2010.

In January of 2017, the BOC voted to proceed with the remainder of the bond and acquire land for parks.

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Larry Felton Johnson
Larry Felton Johnson is the editor and publisher of the Cobb County Courier. He holds a degree in journalism from Georgia State University and enjoys exploring the county's trail and greenway network when he isn't covering county government meetings and court proceedings.

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