Cobb County’s Old Clarkdale Park to receive new community center

Nearly two years after the total loss by fire of the Clarkdale Community Center in June 2017, shown here in 2008, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners on April 9 authorized Cobb PARKS officials to negotiate a contract for its replacement. (Courtesy of Google)

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Nearly two years after the total loss by fire of the Clarkdale Community Center in June 2017, shown here in 2008, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners on April 9 authorized Cobb PARKS officials to negotiate a contract for its replacement. (Courtesy of Google)

A replacement for the Clarkdale Community Center - built in 1934 and destroyed by fire in June 2017 - is proceeding by Cobb County officials.

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 on April 9 to authorize negotiations with Cooper Carry, Inc. for the final scope and fee to provide professional design and construction administration services at the center.

If these negotiations do not result in an agreement, Cobb PARKS officials will negotiate with the second-ranked firm of Pond & Company, then the third-ranked company of Croft & Associates until an agreement is reached.

Near Austell, the center will be rebuilt in the Old Clarkdale Park, consisting of around six acres at 5195 Clark St., Austell.

The county-owned park is within the historic Clarkdale Mill Village, one of the last developed “factory towns” in Georgia which also is listed on the National Register of Historic Districts, according to Cobb PARKS Director Jimmy Gisi.

In June 2018, the commissioners approved a conceptual master plan of Old Clarkdale Park “which had been developed with active public input,” Gisi added.