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Mabry Park Groundbreaking

Marietta Daily Journal - Mabry Park Groundbreaking
Birrell’s dream comes true with
Mabry Park’s groundbreaking

By Mary Kate McGowan

MARIETTA — While horses were feeding in a pasture and children ran up and down hills,east Cobb Commissioner JoAnn Birrell finally broke ground on Mabry Park on Wednesday afternoon.

“Today finally the dream we’ve all had has come true,” she said.

Birrell, who consistently pushed for the picturesque park’s creation, said it will open in about 18 months.

She said the park willbe a passive park, which means it will not include ball fields, and will be similar to East Cobb Park but with more amenities. More...

Groundbreaking on Mabry Park, May 18, 2016

Our Mission:
"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."
Thank You!
The Friends of Mabry Park, a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization, recently received new and annual donations ranging from $100 to $1000! Thank you to our existing sponsors and annual donors, and thank you for considering Mabry Park on your list for your charitable giving!
Calling all Neighborhoods
Please help us contact your neighborhood leaders. Just send an email to and include the following information:
  • The name of your neighborhood.
  • Your HOA board email address or other contact (even if it's just you).
  • Your neighborhood website address.
  • Any other contact information.
Parks are essential to the health of individuals and communities. They offer recreation and renewal, promote exercise, reduce crime, revitalize neighborhoods, protect the environment, and bring communities together.

- Trust for Public Land
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It's not too late!
As you consider the charities to which you plan to donate for the 2015 tax year, please don't forget Mabry Park. Your donation is tax-deductible and it's easy to do right now. Just click here.
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.
Mission statement
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.
The Land
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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Contact Us
PMB #173
4651 Woodstock Road #208
Roswell, GA 30075

Friends of Mabry Park Executive Board
 - Peter Hortman: President
Map of Mabry Park
Our Founding Supporters
Become a Founding Supporter by being among the first 200 to contribute $100 or more to build Mabry Park. There are 25 remaining slots in this exclusive list. Thank you!
Nick & Emily Adams
Frederick Affle
Frederick & Patricia Allen
David & Jennifer Anderson
Scott & Lisa Anderson
Mary Ellen & Bill Badger
Bob & Peggy Baldwin
Lynn & Becca Beall
Lee & Mary Berg
JoAnn & Dave Birrell
Commissioner JoAnn Birrell
Anna Booth
Jonathan & Connie Boring
Jim & Susan Boykin
John & Nancy Brandon
Brooks Chadwick Capital
Charles & June Brown
Jim & Carol Brown
Tom & Louise Brown
Casandra & David Buenger
Pam Bufton
Chris & Sharon Cantu
Rep John Carson
Chatsworth HOA
Arline Denny & David Chellman
Chicago's Restaurant
Chocolate Jewels
Cobb Disc Golf
Edwin & Ruth Conrad
In Memory of Mark Conroy
James & Karen Cook
Jane, Robert & Rachel Corby
Crawford Landscaping
Michael & Deborah D'Aurelio
Rebecca Davie
Steven DeBrock
Gary & Patricia Deppe
E2G Biopharmaceutical Consulting
East Cobb Lions Club
East Cobber, LLC
Christian & Carolyn Einertson
The Enclave at Jefferson Ridge
Fifth Third Bank on Sandy Plains
Bob & Cathy Finck
Kay Freeland & Mark Hopkins
Harmon & Evelyn Garrin
Garrison Mill PTA
Margaret Gavin
Randy & Pam Golden
Marcus & Tracy Goodman
The Graham Family
Micheal Griffin
Cheryl Haines
Gina & Jack Haines
Karen Hall
Hampton Ridge Homeowners Association
Heather Haney
In Memory of Wes & Ann Hayes
Henry & Judy Hays
John & Juliet Heath
Stan Herdlein
Jean Hess
Highland Pointe Recreation Association
Dick & Cynthia Hillman
Brian Poduska & Robin Hoban
Geoff & Kim Hobbs
Eythan & Ellen Holladay
Holloway Media LLC
Mark Hopkins & Kay Freeland
Eddie & Linda Hoyal
Marilyn & Frank Hrach
John Huey
Bruce & Sabrina Hulse
The Irgang Family
Cheryl & Jon Jackson
Donna & Thomas Jackson
Jefferson Park Homeowners Association
Mark & Janice Jernigan
Capas & Kathy Jones
Todd & Denise Jones
Jean Kahn
Robert & Judith Kimball
The Kraft Family
In Memory of Joe Kushnick
Steven & Debra Kushnick
Marilyn Kusniss & Joanne Carlo Giovannini
Roy & Bonnie Lantz
Sandi & Scott Larisch
Tim Lee
John Lindsley
Loch Highland Homeowners Association
Mabry Family Reunion
Jim & Levada Mabry
Mabry Middle School PTA
William MacInnis
William & Harriette Majoros
Faith Arkel & Michael Malloy
Patrice Mantovani
Emily Maranville
Melissa Marini
Melanie & Chuck Mauldin
Elizabeth & JM McCormick
Bill & Henriette McGregor
Elizabeth & Warren Melville &
Jack & Marilynn Michelitch
Miller Legal Services, LLC
Moms Club of Marietta
W. Phillip Monk
Darrell & Nancy Morales
Municipal Communications
Richard Murphy
James & Carol Ney
Northampton Friends of Mabry Park
Northrop Grumman
Will & Terri O'Shea
Barbara & Chuck Papandrea
Kim & Michael Paris
Sam Patterson
Daniel & April Patton
Beth & Tom Peck
Kristin Peterson
Loraine Petro & Dick Perrin
Dan & Catherine Piper
In Memory of Brian Poduska
Andy & Phyllis Ray
John & Connie Radzieta
The Rehme Family
John & Connie Reinke
Jodie & Quentin Ritch
David & Debbie Robinson
Sharon Roeble
Jessica Roesel
Douglas & Julia Rohan
Ron & Jane Roland
Pedro & Sara Rossello
Lamar & Lorene Scarbrough
Teresa & Robert Schaff
Edward & Mitzi Schepps
Kevin & Mary Beth Schlabach
Rebecca Schmidt
The Schmiedeknecht Family
Bill & Penny Schroeder
Gene & Sue Schumacher
Michael & Melanie Smith
Judy & Rick Springfield
Matthew & David Stewart
William & Pamela Subalusky
Gary & June Sullenger
Cecelia Sullivan
The Summit at Sweat Mountain
David & Kris Taylor
Julia Teplis
Todd & Anne Trimmer
Sean & Christi Trombetti
Curtis Turner
Kim VanRysselberge
Jim & Ann Wallace
John & Nancy Velten
Dave Wasby
Wesley Chapel UMC
Michelle Westerberg
Mark White
Tammy & Mark Wilhelm
Claude & Carroll Wills
Chris & Shelly Wines
Chris & Nicole Winkler
Masako Winkler
Brian & Suzanne Witkin
Woodward Family
Patricia Young
Sally & Kevin Youngberg
Daniel & Heather Youngblood
Thomas and Diana Yuen
Friends of Mabry Park volunteers try to post donor names as quickly as possible. This list is from the information we have received as of September 19, 2013. If we have omitted or misspelled your name please contact the webmaster.

Become a Founding Supporter by being one of the first to donate $100.

Note: If you are making a donation on behalf of an organization or in memory of someone, please indicate so in the memo field in PayPal or on your check.
You can make a one-time donation securely online using your credit card or PayPal.
Or, sign up for monthly payments securely online using your credit card or PayPal.

Or, we can accept your donation by check.
Simply make your check payable to Friends of Mabry Park and mail it to the following address:

208 PMB #173
4651 Woodstock Road #208
Roswell, GA 30075

Or, call 678-560-2163 and arrange for payment.
Show your support and help spread the word with a
Mabry Park car magnet.
Available for just a $5 donation (or more)
Just drive over and visit one of these local merchants today to get yours:
Chique Hair Design
Shallowford Falls Plaza
3162 Johnson Ferry Rd # 200
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 587-0953
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Buy a Brick - Create YOUR New Park.
Join the excitement of helping to build Northeast Cobb’s newest passive park! Become part of this historic project by purchasing a laser-engraved brick paver.
There are two sizes.
  • $100 for a 4”x8” brick paver with up to 3 engraved, personalized lines.
  • $150 for an 8”x8” brick paver with up to 5 engraved, personalized lines.
Just download and complete the order form and mail it to us with your payment.
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