Oct. 1st @ 10am

Eddie CanonAustell Community Taskforce Partnership will have guest speaker   Eddie Cannon , Director of Cobb County Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs, speaking in regards to current South Cobb SPLOST projects and future needs of the district.  October 1st at the South Cobb Recreational Center 10:00 AM

When it comes to the management and maintenance of cobb county parks and recreational facilities, The buck stops here.   Mr. Canon Plans and Manages millions of dollars in Cobb County assets each year.  He is revered by most as a servant professional, that looks not for recognition but look first for the best solution to get the job done. 

A graduate of West Georgia College in Carrollton with a B.S degree in Recreation Administration, Eddie’s distinguished 30 year career in the profession has provided leadership of vision and great passion. He has learned and he has taught that it doesn’t pay to be a sensitive soul, that a wise man should let some things go over his head like water off a duck’s back, that buck-passing always turns out to be a boomerang and it never pays.

Eddie’s leadership and active professional involvement is varied and impressive. His name is synonymous with GRPA and is well known in the ranks for getting the job done in a quiet behind the scenes manner.

His reach of professional involvement transcends the local level to his participation at the regional and national level as well. Eddie truly epitomizes that spirit of community through his dedication and commitment to not only his profession, but equally to community and family.

He is highly active and involved in the civic and community life, having served as a Team Captain for his County’s Relay for Life; a very active member at the First Baptist Church in his home town; and President of the High School Touchdown Club.

His most prized accomplishment is that of loving husband and father. Since the beginning of his recreational career, Eddie’s service and contributions to the profession as a whole have been marked with dedication and achievement. 


Highlighted Projects and Commentary:

MARIETTA - Milford Park near Birney Elementary School is set to receive a $1.2 million facelift with approval from the Board of Commissioners tonight. 

The 8.3-acre park has four baseball fields, one multi-use field, a concession building, a restroom building and additional storage buildings. Commissioner Lisa Cupid said the project would include general cleanup and improvements to the park. 

Funding for the project is coming from 2011 special purpose local option sales taxes. 

Eddie Canon, director of parks, said many of the features in Milford Park have outlived their service life. Parks staff worked with Milford Park's volunteer athletic association to identify features needing redevelopment. 

The Challenger program ensures fields are built according to Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines for boys and girls with physical and mental challenges. 

Milford Park has been hosting Challenger games at one of its fields, but Canon said the association feels one of the other fields will offer consistent and easy accessibility for the children.


Wallace Park Healthy Turf Project   announces the completion of the first 2015 “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” renovation project with the enhancement of the entranceway to Wallace Park in Mableton, Cobb County, Georgia.

Working in partnership with the Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA), Project EverGreen and industry and community volunteers, led by Ruppert Landscape, designed and delivered a much-needed face lift to restore and renew the landscape at the park’s entrance. The park is home to 11 Step Up to the Plate youth baseball teams with 130 players, as well as nine Wallace Park Falcons teams of the Northwest Georgia Youth Football League.

The renovation project was completed over several days during the week of April 6 and included more than 90 man-hours of labor to install new trees, shrubs and flowering plants, as well as 3,300 square feet of Bermuda grass sod, installed onsite by Cobb County PRCA.

Ruppert Landscape organized the donations of nursery stock, sod and organic materials with fellow Cobb County green industry supplier partners including John Deere Landscapes, Buck Jones Nurseries and North Georgia Turf & Sod. In-kind donations for the project totaled more than $10,500 in value.

POWDER SPRINGS Lost Mountain Park — On Tuesday, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners will consider spending $646,287 on Lost Mountain Park near Hillgrove High School.

The 24-year-old park serves softball, football, soccer and lacrosse games on its eight softball fields, two football and soccer fields and one baseball field. Lost Mountain Softball is one of the largest girls programs in Georgia, Parks Director Eddie Canon said. 

“We use the softball complex as a major softball tournament site,” he said. “Many national tournaments have been played at Lost Mountain, drawing teams from all over the country.”

Despite the park’s popularity, it has never been the recipient of renovations, Canon said.

“The facilities are old,” he said. “They have served their useful life.”

Commissioner Helen Goreham said these particular upgrades are needed so the park’s sports leagues can be better served.

“These leagues are great partners of the county’s parks and recreation department. They’re important to us,” Goreham said.

The public is seeing savings even as it watches improvements going up at parks throughout Cobb County.

PARKS Director Eddie Canon said his department has worked to keep the costs of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax projects as low as possible by using in-house crews to do a lot of the work.

“Our land unit has constructed fields, done landscaping and planted trees,” he said. “Our construction crew has renovated buildings, pavilions and replaced roofs. Our staff has recycled old equipment and put that money back in the project to do more. We have looked for ways to make the money go further to make as many improvements as possible.” 

The last Board of Commissioners 2011 SPLOST update indicated 61 percent of the 172 planned projects were complete and 24 percent were underway. Another 13 percent of the projects had design and engineering underway.

The $1.68 million construction of new tennis centers for Sweetwater and Fair Oaks was 30 percent complete. The Sweetwater center is being built at a new location, while Fair Oaks will replace the existing building.

Fair Oaks has also benefitted from improvements such as an athletic field renovation, a new recreation center roof, a maintenance/restroom and concession/restroom building. Terrell Mill Park received a new maintenance building and replaced its concession/restroom building. Previously, it completed its tennis center, pavilion roofs and had field renovations done.


The Cobb County Civic Center is undergoing a $5.1 million renovation, which includes bringing the building up to code and adding a catering kitchen and meeting rooms. Work is expected to be complete in the spring.

“Major renovations to the Civic Center and Jim Miller Park will enable us to offer new opportunities to hold major special events and new programming for the community,” Canon said.

During June, about 26,000 people used the new Wildhorse Creek Water Park in Powder Springs, which opened at the end of the previous month, Canon said. The new water park joined Sewell Pool and Splash Pad in Marietta, both funded by the 2011 SPLOST.

Other recently completed projects include renovations at Lions and Rhyne parks, the Hyde Farm buildings and Miller Park dam. Bells Ferry and Nickajack Parks’ renovations were recently started.

As of June, total revenues from the 2011 SPLOST exceeded projections by more than $32 million, according to the report


Eddie Canon, has received the District 5 GRPA (Georgia Recreation and Parks Association) Distinguished Professional Award. This award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding and lasting contributions to leisure services in the recreation, parks, and cultural affairs fields during their career. This is the highest award District 5 can bestow on one of its members.

Eddie Canon presented by Mr. David Hankerson , County Manager, and the Board of Commissioners the 2015 Jerry Singer Golden Goose Award.  This Award is presented annually to a Cobb County manager who exemplifies excellence and the true dedication as a public servant.  This award is named in memorial of Assistant County Manager Jerry Singer who passed away in 1993.

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