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Park Master Plan to be Reviewed

The current master plan for Swift-Cantrell Park is more than six years old.

Kennesaw residents will be able to voice their opinion on the city's master plan for Swift-Cantrell Park.

The city council voted Monday night to authorize City Manager Steve Kennedy to review the master plan and solicit input from residents. Kennedy said the city's demographics have changed since the plan was first created more than six years ago.

"We need to go back and run the process through again to determine if what we have down is what everyone still wants," Kennedy said. "Do we need to refine it in any way?"

The original master plan included an aquatic center and a recreation center, among other items.

"Are they still the priority that we go with?" Kennedy asked.

He said city staff members may use a variety of options to solicit feedback, such as public meetings, surveys and a comment form on the city's website.

"We want to make sure we cover all the bases," Kennedy said.

In a related matter, the council voted to solicit Requests for Proposals for ADA compliant exercise equipment that will be installed at the park. The equipment will be paid for through  that the city won through the the America is Your Park contest, which was sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. Other funding will be raised by the Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation, the park's fundraising arm. Mayor Mark Mathews said in August that the Cobb County School District will create a curriculum for its special needs students using the new equipment.

The council also heard a report for August from a representative of MetroAtlanta Ambulance. In that month, the ambulance service received 166 calls in Kennesaw. Of those, there were 92 patient interactions, 51 of which were transported for treatment, and 74 calls were canceled before emergency personnel arrived on scene.

Traffic crashes remain the agency's No. 1 call, and there are nine "hot spots" in the city limits, such as the intersection of Old Highway 41 and Highway 41, where there were crashes on seven different days; the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Kennesaw Due West Road, where responders worked crashes on four different days; and Interstate 75 at the Wade Green Road exit.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved the resignation of Kevin Marcy from the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority;
  • And approved a resolution supporting the preservation of the current locaction of the historic Dobbins Air Reserve Base Chapel.

Open the PDF under the photo to peruse the Swift-Cantrell Park master plan. Click here if you cannot view the agenda for tonight's council meeting. 

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Debra Williams October 02, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I would like to know exactly how much information the City Council knows about the Chapel sitting on Dobbins Air Reserve Base. I know they haven't talked to the Base Civil Engineer about it, and I know that for a fact! You approve a resolution for something you know only what you've been told by those who want to keep it there but hasn't done anything to support it's existence. The government is not in the business of supporting religious structures and no funds are made available for it, so if you are going to support it, then I also suggest you supply the finances for it. Be more proactive in educating yourselves about a subject before you step out and make yourselves look ridiculous.

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