The Alliance leads community development programs that support the ongoing evolution of the district. Through collaboration with local consultants as well as community members, its work expands opportunities for socially engaging features that reflect the unique identity of Town Center.
The Alliance relies on the financial support of partners and sponsors that are passionate about implementing valuable quality of life improvements in our community. Your contribution to these programs directly supports the CID’s vision for the future of Town Center.
Aviation Park Phase 2: An Educational and Historical Installation
Since Aviation Park opened in 2017, it has been a popular destination for Noonday Creek Trail users. This unique park attracts families with young children and aviation enthusiasts interested in watching the take-offs and landings at the nearby Cobb International Airport. However, there is more opportunity to highlight Cobb County’s aviation history and enhance each visitor’s experience.
The Alliance has created a program to install permanent exhibits and interactive displays throughout the park. Each installation corresponds to a specific curriculum, making them ideal for in-depth learning opportunities, such as field trips. With help from Kennesaw State University’s Department of Museums, Archives, and Rare Books, and the Master Craftsman program, the installations will use photographs, oral histories and more to incorporate elements of art, STEM education, recreation and fun. Once complete, Phase II will enable visitors to explore the past and present of the aviation industry both locally and within the greater region.
Learn more about proposed exhibits and explore opportunities to get involved in our Taking to the Skies brochure.
The Noonday Creek Trail is one of the most popular amenities in Town Center. Using the existing infrastructure established by the CID, the Alliance adopted an activation plan to adorn the 7-mile trail and elevate the user experience.
Imagine crossing a colorful intersection towards the gateway to the trail. You enter under a tall branded archway and are led down a paved walk lined with gardens, sculptures, shaded seating and fitness stations. An artistic railing points you towards an abstract bike rack before opening up to a boardwalk overlooking the creek.
These types of features strengthen our connection to a particular place, and we have worked with Kimley-Horn and Associates to integrate these features onto our trail between Founders Park and Aviation Park. The trail activation plan curates creative infrastructure, attractive furnishings, amenities, public art and community programming that will have the greatest impact on our trail users. Explore all the possibilities for yourself!
Bike Share Stations
The Town Center Bike Share program currently has 45 bikes at six docking stations, each with the capacity for 5 to 15 bikes. The Alliance partners with Zagster, who specializes in micro-mobility, to assess the best locations for new stations based on ridership and community input. Bike share members can find the newest stations at Avonlea, a luxury apartment complex, Founders Park and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
If you are interested in helping put more bikes on the ground, the Alliance is always looking for new bike station sponsors to expand our program. The CID’s experienced team can work with you and Zagster to find sponsorship opportunities at a current station or launch an additional station.
Regional Bike Share Plan
In response to the success of the Town Center Bike Share program and others like it, the Alliance is driving a plan to combine all Cobb bike shares into a single regional network. With this system in place, Zagster riders could travel even farther, renting bikes in one city and docking them in another!
The goal of this program is to encourage the greater community to explore each unique neighborhood and downtown area, as well as to extend recreational opportunities. This program will conform to Cobb County’s amended bike share ordinance and set the stage for increased regional trail connectivity. The Alliance is facilitating partnerships with Zagster, local municipalities, CIDs and Cobb County to garner interest and investment.
Make a Donation Today!
Want to support one of these programs to help enhance the Town Center experience? Find out more about specific opportunities by contacting Jennifer Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org.