Cobb’s Furr Family Park now has a master plan

The new Furr Family Park now has a master plan approved by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. (Courtesy of Cobb County)

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The new Furr Family Park now has a master plan approved by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. (Courtesy of Cobb County)

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners agreed on Dec. 16 to approve a park master plan for the Old Westside Road property.

Known now as the Furr Family Park, the park is comprised of about 14 acres of open land bisected by a lake at the intersection of Austell-Powder Springs Road at Old Westside Road, said Cobb PARKS Director Jimmy Gisi.

Planned amenities include a rain garden, a playground, two pavilions, picnic tables, sculptural art, a boardwalk, a fishing pier, birdhouses, trails, paths, a restroom facility and two open play fields.

In October 2018, the Cobb commissioners approved funding to support the master planning process for this and five other properties.

Although there is no funding identified to develop these park properties, Gisi said PARKS requested to complete the master planning process to be ready when such potential future funding becomes available.

Completion of these master plans also would allow PARKS staff to periodically complete some of the smaller items in-house as time permits, he said.

The process has included receiving public comment during well-attended public input meetings, Gisi said, resulting in staff working with consultants to create proposed master plans based on the comments presented and recorded at these meetings.

This proposed master plan was approved by the Recreation Board on Nov. 12, following the receipt of additional public input.

Each master plan captures the overwhelming public request for features characteristic of passive parks, taking advantage of the physical and natural attributes of each property, Gisi added.