AS SUMMER BEGINS TO DRAW to an end, things are really starting to heat up. As we enter into September, our festival season really starts to ignite the Marietta Square. The City and the Marietta Museum of History will host the 27th Annual Streetfest on the Marietta Square from September 15-16th followed by the City and the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art’s Annual Chalktoberfest from October 13-14th.
Additionally, on Thursday, August 31, we held a ribbon cutting for the most recent park facility, the Elizabeth Porter Park, which features a state-of-the-art playground and splashpad. The park's location is a site of local historical significance. During the era of segregation, African-American residents started a campaign that successfully fundraised, constructed, and operated the Cobb County Cooperative Negro Hospital with the support of the City of Marietta and the city's white residents. After the opening of Kennestone Hospital in 1950, the Cooperative Hospital closed, and the building was repurposed as a recreation center. The building remained in use for citywide residents until 2015.
While the building was demolished, the Marietta City Council chose to reflect this history via the use of public art within the new park. Visit us today to enjoy the both the park and the true history behind the neighborhood.
Finally, we look forward to the opening of the Marietta Square Market this fall. And remember there is always free parking at the City Hall parking deck and the Marietta Housing Authority for our Square visitors beginning Thursdays at 5pm and lasting through the weekend!
Mayor Steve Tumlin