Mableton Square tree lighting and candy cane hunt

Residents in front of information tables in Mableton Town Square in article about Mableton Square tree lightingResidents drop by to give input on the design of Mableton Town Square (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

Mableton Square, the Cobb County park in front of Mableton Elementary School, will be the the site of a tree lighting and candy cane hunt on December 9 starting at 4 p.m.  According to a public information release from Cobb PARKS, this will be Mableton’s first ever tree lighting ceremony. The square is located at 5220 Church Street, Mableton, 30126.

According to Cobb PARKS,

The celebration starts at 4pm, with activities that include visits and photos with Santa, kids’ crafts, holiday entertainment, s’mores marshmallow roasting and more. And of course, children will have the opportunity to hunt for thousands of candy canes during the annual Candy Cane Hunt! Sponsors include The Riboli Family, Patterson Services Inc., The Hand of Alexander Inc., Cops & Kids and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #13.

About Mableton Square

Mableton Square is among the newest parks in the county’s system.

According to an email from Cobb PARKS, “The square is part of the master plan for Mableton’s historic center. It was constructed with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funding and is actually larger than the original design. Given the size, there is opportunity for uses that weren’t envisioned in the planning stages.”

The square was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting in April.

About Cobb PARKS

According the the Cobb PARKS website,

Cobb PARKS is a branch of the Cobb County Government, under the jurisdiction of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. A volunteer Recreation Board serves as the department’s advisory body that provides recommendations for programs, services and facilities.

The department’s full name is the Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.

It was founded in 1966, and is currently made up of four divisions: Administration, Cultural Affairs, Park Operations, and Recreation Services. The system now includes 78 parks with over 5,000 acres, managed by Cobb PARKS. The department provides athletic, artistic, therapeutic and educational services, and manages specialized facilities like the Mable House Barnes Amphitheater, and the Civic Center Complex.