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Swift-Cantrell to Receive $15K Grant

Coca-Cola will present the grant during a ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the park.

After receiving nearly 3 million online votes in Coca-Cola's "America Is Your Park" contest, Swift-Cantrell Park has won a $15,000 grant to install exercise stations along park trails.

Swift-Cantrell was randomly selected to receive the "wildcard" recreation grant after people from across the country voted for six weeks for their favorite national, state and local parks.

Coca-Cola will present the grant to Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews and Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation president R.J. Patel during a ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the park.

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Joe Bozeman September 25, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Is this money being presented to the foundation or the city?
Bill September 25, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I understand that for the last three months the Patch has not had a full time editor writing about our Kennesaw issues. During this lull in Kennesaw coverage this 15K 'exercise station' nonsense has been a hot topic, that and also the boondoggle about the 'skate park'. It may well be to late for the Patch to jump in on these topics but there has been very comprehensive coverage of both at: http://thekennesawwatch.com/ and their facebook site. If Patch wants to now jump in on both issues it would be welcome, we need more coverage on those 2 City problems. For the moment those who need more info might want to take a look at what the Watch has done on them. Bill Harris, Kennesaw
Rodney Thrash September 25, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Hi, Joe! There will be a ceremony this Saturday where Coca-Cola will present a check to the city. The mayor and the president of the park's foundation will attend.
Rodney Thrash September 25, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Thank you for the information, Bill!
Debra Williams September 26, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I am looking forward to the exercise stations in Swift Cantrell. This is a great addition in support of the Get Fit Kennesaw Program. Future plans for more additions will support those citizens with other interest. It would be great if we could do everything to make everyone happy at one time, however, that's not financially feasible and therefore, we must take one step at a time. Although there are those who are not in support of the equipment being added because it doesn't cater to all, the argument could also be used that the playground, running trail, and dog park doesn't cater to all as well. I'll also add, the Kennesaw Watch is a blog post not a news source, it's doesn't offer information that allows the reader to gather their own conclusion, it attempts to lead the reader into the same mind-set as the writer and creator . So, I highly encourage people get their own information (both sides of the issues) and gather their own conclusions rather than being led into someone else's opinion.
Joe Bozeman September 26, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Debra, In my opinion, keeping fit is a responsibility of the individual. I personally am not in great shape but that is my business. I smoke, love to eat potted meat and cheeseburgers, and probably drink too much beer for my health, but it's no ones business but mine. I agree with Bill Harris on the fitness stations, I believe them to be over priced and a complete waste of money. I even question the legality of the money being spent on them. I understand that the park foundation made the decision to purchase them with the Coke money. It is my understanding that foundations raise money and do not determine how it is spent. At least that's the case with the museum foundation. Back to Swift Cantrell, I truly believe that if it was put to a vote, the fitness stations and that skate park would go down like the Titanic. No hard feeling I hope, just voicing my opinion.
Bill September 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Dear debbie: The chances of you ever using any of this 'exercise equipment' is between Slim and None and Slim just left town.
Debra Williams September 26, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Joe: Absolutely no hard feelings, I'm not that shallow. I've served on foundations and can say for those I served on, we knew from the get-go what we were going to spend the money on when we submitted a grant or any type of 'vote'. The conditions of the 'contest' or award (that I read regarding it) does allow for this type equipment to be purchased with it. Now, I don't believe they are trying to get into anyone's personal business by putting the equipment in the park, it's simply an addition to growing the park as a whole. Could they find cheaper pricing? Well, I haven't seen a breakdown per piece of the equipment, I only know they are designating the $15k for the equipment (please share if you know otherwise). I also don't believe that all these Gym's exist to get into people's business, they are offering a service. The choice of the foundation to add equipment to the park can also be looked at as saving the Kennesaw citizens from the expense of joining a gym to keep in shape by using the park, which also gets more people out to visit and use the park. We can look at things negatively all day long, and looking long enough we can find numerous reasons to find fault in it, or we can look at the picture as a whole and contemplate the positives in it. I look at it this way, at least it isn't going into the general fund to be wasted on golf games, dinners, and unwarranted financial awards to those who haven't earned it. It's being put into the city for use by the citizens.
Debra Williams September 26, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Bill: Again, my name is Debra. You've again made an assumption of someone you know nothing about, nor will take the time to get to know (I've invited you to meet me). You're only interested in insulting, demeaning, degrading, and name calling those who disagree with you, which proves you have no valid argument (those tactics are textbook for people who are bullies). Please refrain from using the Patch as your bitching post that you use the Kennesaw Watch for, the Patch is better than that.
Debra Williams September 28, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I wonder if either of these gentlemen has sat down with the Foundation to learn the extent of how this equipment is going to be used in the community? An intelligent response is one that has the facts from both sides, not just their opinions and/or assumptions after reading an article with little to no in-depth information because the article isn't investigative journalism. At least make a phone call to interview the parties involved so the reported article can give enough information to subdue sensationalism in journalism and responses.
Joe Bozeman September 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Debra I guess I am one of the gentlemen you speak of. To answer your question about sitting down with the foundation, no I have not and do not intend to. The foundations responsibility is to raise funds not make decisions how funds are used. At least that is how the museum foundation operates. Feel free to ask the mayor, the city council, the city manager, and MR Pies if I have contact with them. Quite frankly, it is my opinion that the powers at be have a desire to turn a beautiful park into a carnival. I believe they will destroy this beautiful green space no matter what the majority of Kennesaw citizens want. The exercise stations are manufactured by a company called Life Trail Fitness Stations. You can access their website and see exactly what these things are. They look to me to be a bunch of overpriced bent pieces of pipes. The other gentleman you are referring to is Bill Harris. Bill and I used to be bitter blogging enemies, but he and I have sat down and found common ground. Bill might be a little abrasive, but believe me he does his homework on issues. Look at how he took on the City of Kennesaw about that illegal pawn shop. Being negative is not always wrong. I believe, support, and will fight for two negative documents. 1 - The 10 Commandants, each one starts with "Thou Shall Not. 2 - The Bill of Rights, each of these spells out what the government CAN NOT DO. Now, back to the park. I believe that the vast majority would vote no to what is in the plan.
Debra Williams September 29, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Mr Bozeman. Not all Foundations work the same, I've been on one that did have that authority. Anyone who doesn't get all the information before making a decision is simply arguing based on their assumed opinions. There is quite enough green space within the park that strategically placed, these pieces will not stand out. Right now, those overgrown mounds of weeds are more unsightly than this equipment would be. I wouldn't say the majority of Kennesaw citizens doesn't want this since there hasn't been a poll, etc. taken for that statement to be more than an assumption. Mr. Harris isn't a little abrasive, he's demeaning and degrading to anyone who disagrees with him. Check the Kennesaw Patch conversation between us, he immediately stoops to the gutter, that's textbook sign of a bully. He may do homework, but not research, and there is a huge difference. I know how he handled the Crutchelow situation, and personally believe he went off the deep end, when a lot of what he chose to do was unnecessary and could have been done without all the 'three-ring-circus' acts. Being negative simply because one enjoys being a bully is weak. I didn't agree with the Pawn Shop but chose to handle it with more grace by using the ordinances and not belittling anyone. I wouldn't consider the 10 Commandments nor the Constitution/Bill of Rights negative, but then again, I don't look for the bad or worse in everything. So, if the majority of the people want this equipment will all the bashing go away?

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