Farm-themed playground coming to Mabry Park

A new playground is coming to Mabry Park, 4470 Wesley Chapel Road, Marietta.

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners agreed Aug. 28 to pay almost $324,990 to BCI Burke Company under the 2016 PARKS SPLOST Program to supply and install the playground.

No new maintenance or operational costs are associated with this project.

The maintenance staff in the park will conduct the monthly playground inspections as one of their normal job responsibilities.

The 26.5-acre Mabry property was purchased in 2008, and a Master Plan was prepared and approved by the commissioners in May 2011.

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The Master Plan incorporates trails, picnic areas, a playground, a community garden and other features of a passive park.

The majority of these features currently are under construction and scheduled to be completed this winter, according to Cobb PARKS Director Jimmy Gisi.

A farm-themed playground will be the centerpiece of the new park.

The total engineering and construction budget for the Mabry Park project is $3,816,500, Gisi said.

Professional services - in the form of engineering, architecture, surveying, geotechnical and special inspection costs - have totaled $408,647.

The construction contract fee is $2,854,660.

Following installation of the playground equipment, Gisi noted there will be nearly $228,203 remaining in the Mabry Park budget.

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