Who are we?
Formed in 2009, Friends of Mabry Park is a non-profit volunteer organization working with the local community, public officials and experts to support the development of Mabry Park, a passive park land located near the corner of Sandy Plains Road and Wesley Chapel Road.
Our mission is to raise funds
to create Mabry Park; a park for current and future generations to connect with nature, history, and the community.
When will the park be opened?
Mabry Park's 26.5 acres of beauty is currently "land-locked" and thus inaccessible to the public and even construction equipment. However, there is an easement
for an access road in the future to the park land from Wesley Chapel Road.
Only after completion of this road, will the public have access to the land and construction of the park be possible. The access road is our first and perhaps biggest financial hurdle.
What will be in the park?
The Master Plan
, which was paid for by the donations to the Friends of Mabry Park is the end result of a process that included citizen feedback and public meetings. The Master Plan is a conceptual design that basically specifies what goes where in the park.
Among the amenities, specified by the Master Plan are a playground, walking trails, community garden, pavilions, tree houses, a pond with an overlook bridge, a boardwalk across a wetlands area and, of course, plenty of open meadows.
Why is community financial support needed?
The Parks Bond money only provides for the purchase of the green space land, not the development of park amenities. Without financial support from the community, Mabry Park will not be developed any time soon, if at all.
Private financial contributions also clearly demonstrates that the community is engaged in and committed to making Mabry Park a reality, which promotes the cause for additional funding support from the county and other public sources.
Parks Bond Initiative
In November, 2006, Cobb voters approved a referendum asking the county to issue $40 million in bonds for the purchase new park land without increasing the debt millage rate. During the nomination phase that followed, a citizen advisory committee evaluated a number of submitted tracts and presented their list of properties to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners for final selection.
As part of this initiative, Cobb County acquired the Mabry Park property from Ed and Sue Mabry Harris. The Mabry family's roots run deep in this part of Cobb County. And the Mabry Farm
is unique, having received the Centennial Farm Award in recognition of it being a working farm run by the Mabry family for over 100 years.
Our accomplishments so far
We have come a long way since our founding in 2009. We funded and helped promote public involvement in the development of the Master Plan. We continue to strengthen awareness through our social media outreach, participation in local community events, engagement with the local school system and neighborhood homeowner associations, and the successful execution of three Mabry Park Previews.
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4651 Woodstock Road #208
Roswell, GA 30075
Friends of Mabry Park Executive Board
- Peter Hortman: Vice President
- Hania Whitfield: Marketing
- Robin Hoban: Fundraising
- Mary Berg: Treasurer