(Photo by Rich DiSalle)
During this year, 17 outdated playgrounds were replaced with new up-to-date play systems that incorporate more climbing and active play apparatus. Park operations staff replaced more than 15,000 square feet of sod on various soccer fields to help maintain a safe play surface. Renovations were completed at 12 baseball fields and staff replaced more than 800 tons of infield mix on baseball and softball fields. The park operations division provided direction and oversight for the replacement of 24 wood poles with new concrete poles and new wiring at various tennis courts and athletic fields.
The 16th annual American Bicycle Association Dixieland National BMX competition was held in April at the Wild Horse Creek Park BMX track. More than 1,500 participants from 42 states and three countries, ages from 3 to 55, raced for a national championship.
The Legacy Showcase youth fast-pitch softball competition was held in July at Lost Mountain Complex. One hundred and four teams from California to Connecticut came to display their skills to more than 265 college coaches. This event generated a $1.3 million local economic impact to the community.
The Cobb Youth Football League continues to grow in its fourth season. Eleven organizations are now participating with 54 teams, ages 6-12, competing each Saturday from September to November.
The department hosted 45 tournaments at the six tennis centers for all age groups and levels of play. More than 2,500 participants competed in the tournaments. Cobb tennis class programs introduced tennis to more than 2,000 participants. This is one of the larger programs of this type in the state. Four hundred and forty teams and nearly 5,100 participants utilized a Cobb tennis facility for league play in fiscal year 2014. A total of 1,500 teams and more than 15,000 players came to Cobb and its facilities to compete in league competition.
Wallace Park and Nickajack Park tennis courts and multi-purpose courts were repaired and resurfaced in 2014. The cost of these projects totaled $112,000. Funding for these projects were from cell phone tower leases in Cobb parks.
Mable House Art Center
The Mable House Arts Center partnered with South Cobb Arts Alliance for another great year of events and programs in the Mable House Complex. Food truck events were introduced to the venue bringing hundreds of patrons to gather on the historic property. Summer camps, a storytelling festival, theatre project productions, the Christmas House, concerts and gallery openings are examples of the programs offered this past year. These programs brought new patrons, renewed the interest of existing patrons and developed a dialogue for implementing additional programs to the complex. A Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax project created two new office spaces allowing room for the growth. New gallery floors were also made possible through SPLOST. These projects have given the building a much needed renovation and renewed possibilities.
The Art Place – Mountain View
The Art Place had a great year and continues to meet the needs of those that have visited for years and those that have just discovered it. Celebrating its 22nd year in April, the facility served more than 70,000 students, patrons or guests in visual and ceramic classes and art camps, outdoor concerts, theatre rentals, gallery exhibits, workshops and holiday events. Staff introduced pottery students to guest artists in workshops in the pottery studio, and visual/theatre arts students with guests from gallery exhibits and theatre programs.
Mountain View Arts Alliance continues to help sponsor programs, scholarships and special fundraising events to help enrich what is already done at The Art Place. In addition to SPLOST improvements, the alliance helped provide new gallery lighting, flooring for the theatre, a new kiln and pottery wheels. It also helped to donate $2,700 to local charities and more than $2,000 in college scholarships to students pursuing arts-related majors.