Parks Committee

 

 

The eastern part of Mableton is in The River Line Historic Area, which runs along the Chattahoochee from Vinings to Mableton Parkway, and eastward in Mableton to include Oakdale Road, Buckner Road and parts of Queen Mill Road. The River Line Historic Area includes historical resources that can unite our community and form a cultural identity important for recognition, marketing, and a positive influence on property values. The remains of Johnston’s River Line Civil War earthworks and complementing Federal earthworks are the most prevalent historical resources in Southeast Cobb County located along Nickajack Creek and the Chattahoochee River. Significant county land holdings are located in or near the area, including Nickajack Park; nearly 25 acres of parkland at Henderson Road and Veterans Memorial Highway; and over 100 acres along the Chattahoochee River at Nickajack Creek.

Advocates for preservation of this area have worked hard to achieve recognition for this unique area. The River Line Historic Area logo appears on street signs in the area and some new residential developments use appropriate historical names. MIC’s Parks Committee works with the River Line Historic Area group to bring recognition and improvements to Mableton’s part of The River Line Historic Area. MIC and Cobb County have created complementary Master Plans for the area.

In partnership with the River Line Historic Area group, MIC’s Parks Committee is currently working on projects aimed at protecting historic and environmental resources, creating more recreational opportunities, and bringing more public attention to the assets in this area.

 

 

 

Ongoing Projects:

NOMINATE PARK SPACE FOR A MORE GREEN COMMUNITY!

 

Neighbors- We have the unique opportunity to nominate properties to acquire and preserve green spaces for our community. The Cobb County Parks and Recreation Board is currently accepting nominations for park spaces. Properties included in the 2008 Parks Bond will be considered as well new properties nominated by citizens. Below is a listing of the criteria the Board will use the evaluate possible park spaces:

1) Large Parcels: Site of 50 acres or better (the larger the property, the higher the score)

2) Historical: Property is confirmed to have historical significance. Property is on the national, state or local historic register. The property has the potential to enhance an existing historic parcel.

3) Environmental: Property has environmentally sensitive characteristics such as endangered plants, significant animal habitat, exceptional natural character such as specimen trees or plants, or may protect significant habitat or natural features.

4) Linkage to parks/ trails or historic sites: Property is contiguous to existing park land. Property is adjacent to trails for historic sites.

5) Future Usability: Property has potential to serve a large number of citizens. Property is located in or near a substantially populated area.

6) Underserved areas: Property is in an area with few public park amenities.

7) Hydrology: Property has water features which lend themselves to public recreation interests – lakes, ponds, springs, streams.

8) Accessibility: Property is easy to get to by the public. Good public road, sidewalk, or trail access. Property may be served by public transit.

9) Topography: The physical lay of the land – generally flat, level, steep grades, etc. – and the potential impact of the topo on the development costs.

10)Threat level-timing: Land is under threat of imminent development.

Please act before the April 15th deadline and nominate areas you believe will be wonderful green space additions to South Cobb! https://cobbegov.org/index.php/potential-park-property-nomination

 

Opening the Chattachoochee River Line Parks to the public

 

MIC has completed a Preservation Plan for the Chattahoochee River Line Battlefield, with funding from the National Park Service.   The work follows on an earlier grant from the National Park Service for a mapping and archaeological study of the 127 acres of county-owned property along Discovery Boulevard and Henderson Road. The ABPP’s goal is to safeguard and preserve significant American battlefield lands for present and future generations as symbols of individual sacrifice and national heritage. The study focuses on the remaining physical battlefield, so that plans can be made for public access to the parks. Click here to view the final National Park Service report.

Development of Trails along Nickajack Creek and the Chattahoochee River

 

Master plan documents and the Livable Centers Initiative study all point to the feasibility of trails in this area connecting to the Silver Comet Trail. MIC believes appropriate redevelopment along the Chattahoochee River, an extension of the Silver Comet Trail, the future Nickajack Creek walking trail, and historic passive parks will define a distinct character for the area. Residents will benefit from these amenities and visitors will appreciate the historical and tourist opportunities.

 

Watershed Stewardship

MIC volunteers are installing markers reminding residents that storm drains connect to creeks and should not be used for dumping. MIC has also adopted a portion of Nickajack Creek and removes trash from the creek.

 

Cemetery Preservation

 

The historic Turner-Sewell Cemetery on Veterans Memorial Highway, where John and Jane Turner, are buried, has been adopted by the River Line Historic Area group.

 

Want to learn more?  Contact Joel Cope, Chair of the Chattahoochee River Line Committee. To contact our partner, The River Line Historic Area, email Roberta Cook