Cobb PARKS highlights projects on 2020 SPLOST list

briidge over Nickajack Creek in article about Cobb PARKS 2020 SPLOST listBridge over Nickajack Creek in Heritage Park (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

The Cobb PARKS newsletter highlighted the list of park projects included in the Special Projects Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). You can view the detailed list here.

The projects cover a wide range, including updated technology, security and safety improvements, building renovations, synthetic turf conversions of athletic fields, and a long list of other improvements.

In addition to projects in parks across Cobb County, there are a number of items related to the popular Silver Comet Trail.

There are also projects categorized as “Community Impact” projects which include projects related to the new upcoming parks in the county.

>> Read the complete list including the projects, the cost and the affected parks by following this link

Cobb PARKS wrote:

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

About the 2020 SPLOST

Cobb County described the 2020 SPLOST as follows on its website:

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.

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3 Comments on "Cobb PARKS highlights projects on 2020 SPLOST list"

  1. Kevin Williamson | July 5, 2020 at 2:16 am | Reply

    Can you check and find out when the county plans on finishing the Mountain-To-River trail? It was part of the vary first SPLOT tax proposal circa 1998. I was 40 years old at the time. I had no interest in any of the proposed projects except for this one and I’ve been waiting now for 22 years for them to complete it. I will never vote for another SPLOT tax until this one is finished. feel free to contact me by email when you find the information. Thanks Kevin W.

    • I’ll contact you via email, but will give my current understanding here. The last I heard parts of the trail were already finished, but I’ll check with CDOT. Part of the trail was a joint Cobb/Marietta project, another part (which I think is finished) is the leg that went through KSU’s Marietta campus (the old Southern Polytechnic) and at the river end the Bob Callan Trail was another part of that complex of trails.

      • Kevin Williamson | July 6, 2020 at 11:13 pm | Reply

        Thanks Larry. The portion of the trail that I’m referring to is located along West Atlanta road. The paved portion of the trail runs along the retaining wall with Atlanta road and abruptly ends with no warning near the railroad bridge. The paved trail picks up again at the Marietta city limits further north on West Atlanta road. That portion of the paved trail ends again at the grade level railroad crossing but the street is Mark so that you know it’s the bike way.
        I appreciate your timely response, if I can be of any help please feel free to contact me at my email address. Thank you Kevin W.

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