Cobb green-lights plan for 305-acre park in county’s southwest

A playground, community garden and miles of hiking and equestrian trails—all this and more is coming to southwest Cobb after commissioners approved a master plan for the 305-acre Violet F. Stout Park this week. 

The park, now one of the county’s largest, began with an 81-acre gift from Cobb resident Robert Stout in the nineties and is named for his late wife. Since then, the county has expanded the park with additional purchases funded by a series of park bonds

Stout Park is currently open to the public but is mostly undeveloped open space with some trails on the original plot. 

The first phase of development for the expanded park will be funded by park bond revenue and interest from a $2 million trust left by Stout for the park’s maintenance. 

“We’re really pleased with the way this has kind of grown from Mr. Stout’s original 81 acres to a sort of mega park,” said parks director Eddie Canon. “Mr. Stout was a very fine gentleman.”

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