A new flight-themed park at the corner of Barrett Lakes and Cobb Place boulevards is expected to open as soon as the end of next month.
Members of the Town Center Community Improvement District were updated on the park’s progress at their monthly meeting Tuesday morning, and informed that the $2.75 million park now includes a playground and restrooms housed in a building shaped like an air traffic control tower.
Commissioner JoAnn Birrell said the park should be complete by the end of next month — just ahead of the Nov. 10 ribbon-cutting.
The grand opening was initially planned for October, but pushed back several weeks after heavy rains delayed construction.
Birrell said she is excited about the plane-themed park set near the runway of Cobb County International Airport.
“I think it’s going to be great,” she said, noting there aren’t many parks with playgrounds nearby. “The city of Kennesaw has Swift-Cantrell, but that’s in the city. This will be great for businesses and the community to enjoy.”
The park includes a playground and a mock runway where children can play on aircraft-themed playground equipment as they watch real jets take off from nearby McCollum Field.
Tracy Rathbone, the community improvement district’s executive director, said the idea for the park was a collective effort of the CID as well as the county’s parks department, transportation department and airport.
The CID is funding construction of the park while the county has agreed to maintain it.
“Aviation Park began as a simple plan for a restroom and parking lot midpoint along the Noonday Creek Trail, but quickly grew into much more,” she said. “When we began to think about the plans for the 3-plus acres, we immediately began to discuss the desire to make this park special.”
Brainstorming led the group toward an aviation-themed park, with elements such as an airplane climbing structure and restrooms that mimic the air traffic control tower at McCollum Field.
The Noonday Creek Trail, Rathbone said, has more than 11,000 visitors a month and connects to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield.
“It’s going to be a way that families can bring kids out to watch the planes take off and also enjoy some green space and the playground,” Birrell said.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 in the new park, at 2659 Barrett Lakes Blvd., Kennesaw.