To be an accountable steward of public park lands and recreation resources and an efficient provider of quality, wholesome leisure services to benefit the body, mind and spirit of all Cobb County residents.
Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. 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 originated in 1966 as the Cobb County Parks and Recreation Department, and in 1989 was renamed Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department with the addition of the Arts and Cultural Affairs Department. In 2016, the department’s name became Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. when Keep Cobb Beautiful and Solid Waste operations were placed under the department. The Department is divided into five divisions: Administration, Cultural Affairs, Environmental Sustainability, Park Operations, and Recreation Services. Administration includes the Directors office, business management, and human resource functions. The Cultural Affairs Division includes the operation/programming of the art centers, Mable House Barnes Amphitheater, and the Civic Center Complex. The Environmental Sustainability Division includes Keep Cobb Beautiful, 3 closed landfills, transfer station, vegetative waste, and natural resource management programming unit. Parks Operations is responsible for maintaining the parks and Recreation Services oversees the programming offered through the department.
Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. manages 78 parks that encompass over 5,000 acres. As the primary provider of leisure services and facilities within the county, the department provides a wide range of athletic, artistic, therapeutic and educational services. Specialized facilities include the Cobb County Civic Center Complex, Al Bishop and Lost Mountain Softball Complexes, five recreation centers, four community centers, four arts centers, the Mable House-Barnes Amphitheatre, the Cobb Gymnastics Center, six tennis centers and 13 satellite tennis court locations, four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor seasonal pools, more than 60 miles of trails, two golf courses and the fairgrounds at Jim Miller Park. The Department also serves as a resource for more than 70 of the County's volunteer groups, assisting them in areas such as park use scheduling, incorporation, by-laws and technical expertise.
Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. strives to provide instructional, competitive and social activities for people of all ages. Cobb's facilities provide the opportunity for Cobb County residents to use their leisure time in a constructive, healthy, gratifying and inexpensive manner, and give the county's youth the body-building and mind-expanding opportunity to pursue the recreational activity of their choice. Over 7 million participants took advantage of these programs and facilities during the past year and with the continuing expansion of Cobb's population, the Department will endeavor to maintain its high standard of service to its residents.