Town Center CID Cuts Ribbon on Innovative Park Celebrating Cobb County’s Aviation History
Town Center CID (TCCID), the Town Center Community Alliance and Cobb County officials cut the ribbon today on Aviation Park, launching the highly anticipated flight-themed park at the corner of Barrett Lakes and Cobb Place Boulevards, adjacent to the Cobb County International Airport.
Speakers included JoAnn Birrell, District 3 Commissioner, Mike Boyce, Cobb County Chairman, Kelly Keappler, TCCID Board Chairman, Tracy Rathbone, TCCID Executive Director, Larry Thompson and Mason Zimmerman, Town Center Community Alliance Board Chairman.
Located approximately midpoint along the Noonday Creek Trail, visitors will enjoy an airplane-shaped rope and cable climbing structure over a ‘mock runway’ rubber surface, ADA accessible swings and a climbing structure featuring an educational S.T.E.M. electronic play system.
An aviation control tower themed building contains restroom facilities. The airplane wing designed picnic pavilion and adjacent open green space is the perfect spot for viewing the 200 average daily take offs and landings at the international airport. The Zagster Town Center Bike Share station includes four new bikes for riding on the beautiful Noonday Creek Trail, and plans call for public art displays.
“We are elated to open this distinctive park to the public. The park advances the Town Center CID and the Alliance’s greenspace and beautification efforts, while connecting Cobb County’s rich aviation history with today’s modern playground technology,” said Tracy Rathbone, executive director, TCCID.
The approximately $2.7 million park broke ground in May and was 100 percent funded by TCCID and the Town Center Community Alliance. The park will be owned and maintained by Cobb County. Winter Design provided the concept for the park. Design and construction plans were provided by Arcadis, and Integrated Construction and Nobility, Inc. served as the contractor.
The park is one of three current greenspace initiatives underway for the Town Center Community Alliance, established in 2015 as a nonprofit dedicated to shaping the future of Town Center by supporting and funding beautification, greenspace and other quality of life initiatives, such as the Zagster Town Center bike share program. In addition to Aviation Park, the Alliance is working on Bells Ferry Trailhead and is in the visioning stage of Town Center Park.