The Natural Place to Be...Leone Hall Price PARK
Leone Hall Price Park spans 126 acres and is designated a passive park. With natural trails, meadows, beautiful Allatoona Creek running through it and an array of native plant and animal species, it is a great place to hike, take the kids or dog for a walk and enjoy the quiet respite that nature provides.
The Park is named after Leone Hall Price, who lived across the street from the Park. Mrs. Price gifted the majority of the land that is now Leone Hall Price Park to Cobb County and envisioned it to be a place people can enjoy for generations to come
Master Plan for Price ParK
Recently we have had two of our Friends of Price Park Board of Directors relocate for job reasons, so we are two Board Members down. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Friends of Price Park Board, please contact us via email or phone. Candidates backgrounds could include accounting, legal and marketing skills. If you are just interested in serving your community, please contact us as well. Candidate backgrounds are not limited to those disciplines. Contact: Dave Schwickerath, President FOPP firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-414-0430. Please help us get the word out.
Friends of Price Park has important news for our Friends. As many of you know, there is a Master Plan for the development of Price Park which outlines the main use of the passive park with hiking and walking trails (no ball fields or bike trails). We are in early stage planning with Cobb Parks Department to begin the buildout of a few key facilities. This will be funded by the 2008 SPLOST which citizens voted for. It may seem like it takes a long time for the funding to become available because it does! The good news is the SPLOST funding will become available at or near year end so we will begin the construction of the Restroom/Classroom/Pavilion, a bridge across Allatoona Creek in the Park and an expansion of the Parking Lot soon after the beginning of the new year!
The development of these facilities will mean different things to different people. Some current Park users may say, "Oh no, this means more traffic at the Park. I like it the way it is now, a well-kept secret!" It does mean that. It also means more people can use the Park. It means that some of the local groups can use the Park where they could not use the Park prior. It will mean that some of the local day cares can bring their kids here for a few hours for a field day in the Park. The bathroom facility will enable that. It will mean the YMCA can have some programs at the Park. The bathroom facility will enable that. It will mean the Park on the other side of Allatoona Creek will be utilized for hiking now that it will be easier to cross the creek, without wading across. The Park will become bigger by default and the presence of the bridge. We'll expand the parking lot somewhat to accommodate Park users on the busiest of days. All in all it's pretty exciting for those of us who have used and supported the Park since the early days! More to come as the plans come together.
With this announcement, it's appropriate we thank former District 1 Commissioner Helen Goreham for her efforts to get the Park established in the first place with the Park Bond and budgeted in the SPLOST so we can build facilities. Helen has been one of the biggest supporters of the Park over the years. Thanks very much Helen. We would also like to thank our current District 1 Commissioner Bob Weatherford, who has carried on with his support after Helen. Bob has been a great supporter of the Park and his ongoing efforts made this SPLOST funding available to us. Thank you Bob! Hats off to both of you from all of us who love and use Price Park!
Thanks to Cobb County Voters and Cobb Parks Department, Price Park will receive $450,000 in funding from the November 2008 SPLOST vote. This funding which is expected in either 2016 or 2017 will be used for construction of the Pavilion, Rest Room Facility, Stream Crossing Bridge across Allatoona Creek and Parking Lot expansion.
For more information, please view the SPLOST Booklet (page 29)
Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher. - William Wordsworth
Interpretive NOCTURNAL HikeS 2016
Meet USDA Forest Service wildlife biologist Dennis Krusac for an interpretive hike through the park. Hear Dennis' famous owl impersonation and maybe see the resident wild owls come in to check out Dennis! Kids can learn about bat echolocation with Dennis' bat detectors. When the lightning bugs come out, be prepared to see the park transformed into a fairy land! Meet in the parking lot and bring your flashlights! Dates and times as follows:
- August 20 at 8:00pm*
- September 10 at 7:30pm*
- October 8 at 7:00pm*
- November 5 at 6:00pm*
- December 10 at 5:00pm*
*Event will be cancelled if it is raining at the start time
BIRD 'N BUTTERFLY-A-THON 2016
- Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 8:00am-1:00pm
Rain date: Sunday, September 18 from 8:00am-1:00pm
Price Park will be open for the Bird 'N Butterfly-a-thon from dawn until dusk. Volunteers from the Friends of Price Park, Atlanta Audubon Society and Brookstone Women's Club will be present continuously at the park to assist participants and visitors, and lend out binoculars and bird/butterfly identification charts.
|Special thanks to Dan Vickers for use of his photographic images.
T-SHIRTS FOR SALE
Get your sky blue, sage green or dark green shirts (regular and women's cut). They are $20 each ($10 goes to our fundraising efforts). Regular cut dark green may be ordered and Toddler/Youth sizes can be ordered for $15 each.
Eagle Scout Projects
Thank you to Eagle Scout Candidates Nikolas Esquivel and Christian Phillips! Nikolas Esquivel recently completed his eagle scout project of building several picnic tables for the park. Christian Phillips recently completed his eagle scout project of removing sections of old barbed wire from the park. Thank you so much guys for increasing the enjoyability and safety of the park for visitors.
A big shout out and thank you goes to Brandon Fudge and Kevin Graham for the completion of their Eagle Scout projects. Brandon and his team constructed and installed four benches on the South Meadow Loop. Thank you Brandon for providing a place for visitors to rest and enjoy the park and its wildlife! Kevin and his team constructed and installed the first of several sections of boardwalk to be placed through the swampy areas of the park that are difficult to navigate throughout the winter. Pictures of the boardwalk section have been posted on facebook, if you would like to see how it turned out. Thank you Kevin for helping to prevent trail widening that damages wildlife and causes erosion and for making it much easier to navigate the swampy areas of the park!
After the recent snow storm, the Board got a special email from one of the park's neighbors, Bernard Nolan. He had a special experience at Price Park during the snowy weather and wanted to share it with us. We thank him for graciously allowing us to share it with all of you!
Here is the email he sent to us:
To all dedicated board members,
My family and I have lived on the edge of Price Park since moving here in August. We have become so entirely drawn into our surroundings here which started with watching barred owls, pileated woodpeckers, deer and of course the busy squirrel.
This recent snow storm gave me the unique opportunity to see Price Park in a very different way. As soon as I stepped into the woods, it became immediately apparent that I have been oblivious as to just how many animals live in these woods. Every animal track was so plainly visible in the snow that to follow them took no great pains at all. There were tracks crisscrossing everywhere! I was on the south side of Allatoona Creek, where it is less travelled and followed many deer tracks and saw where they had bedded. Hundreds of deer tracks! Other tracks, according to my mammal tracking book, were raccoon, coyote, rabbit, and numerous unidentifiable rodents. But most of all, I found the all elusive fox tracks which I personally have never seen. Their tracks led me straight to their den. I carefully backed away but noticed it was very active. What a treat!
Finally coming across human tracks snapped me out of my bliss. Even as I looked back at my own tracks, I felt I had spoiled the story the snow laden forest floor had told me. But alas, we are placed here to enjoy the beauty this earth beholds. As you know, we are also here to care for what has been entrusted to us. In closing, I am writing to make aware what a treasure these woods hold and to carefully consider this as the goals for Price Park are reached. Me, my wife and four boys want everyone to see what I saw. Let us keep it as passive and untouched as possible with merely our footprints left behind. Thank you for your interest and serving to preserve such a beautiful place.
You fellow park admirer,
Bernard Nolan and Family
(P.S. next time it snows go look at the tracks)
Note has been edited to remove the location of the fox den in order to protect the fox family.
Dear Mr. Nolan,
Thank you for sharing such a special experience with us. We would like to assure you that we have the same interests at heart when it comes to the park and love it for the same reasons. What a beautiful place to bring our families or come alone...to enjoy nature and be outside!
FRIENDS OF PRICE PARK FEATURED IN MARIETTA DAILY JOUNAL