News Flash

2017 News Archive

Posted on: July 21, 2017

Marietta Redevelopment Corporation Donates Remaining Funds to New Elizabeth Porter Park

Elizabeth Porter statue 6

July 21, 2017

CONTACT: Elizabeth Porter Park Fund Contacts

Councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly

Historic Monument, Art, and Murals Committee Chairwoman

mkelly@mariettaga.gov

Alvin Huff

Economic Development Project Manager

City of Marietta

770-794-5512

ahuff@mariettaga.gov

Marietta Redevelopment Corporation Contacts

Terry Lee

Marietta Redevelopment Corporation Chairman

terry@tleeassociates.com

Teresa Thorpe

Redevelopment Project Manager

City of Marietta

770-794-5716

tthorpe@mariettaga.gov         


Marietta, GA – On June 30, the Elizabeth Porter Park fund received the largest donation of its fundraising campaign.  Between February 24 and June 21, the fifteen members of the City of Marietta’s Elizabeth Porter Historic Committee raised $43,956 from community members and organizations to fund Monument, Art, and Murals in the new Park.  This balance was nearly doubled with a donation by the newly dissolved Marietta Redevelopment Corporation (MRC) of $40,701.  The EP park fund was created for enhancements within Elizabeth Porter Park including a statue to honor park namesake Elizabeth Porter and interpretative signage recounting the history of the African American hospital and the Baptist Town community. 

The MRC board voted to dissolve the organization on March 22 after playing a leading role in the development and implementation of redevelopment projects in the city for over a decade.  These efforts were impeded for years by the Great Recession.  In late 2016, the board completed their signature initiative when a developer acquired 8-acres of land the MRC previously assembled. The deal allows for construction of 78 single family homes, cleared the MRC’s existing debt and left the non-profit with $40,701 after final expenses were paid.  When the vote to dissolve was taken in March, MRC Chairman Terry Lee was entrusted by the Board of Directors to address final operating expenses and disposal of remaining funds.

"We considered quite a few charitable organizations in Marietta: local churches, Must Ministries, and the Salvation Army.  Councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly was relentless in her pursuit of funds on behalf of Elizabeth Porter Park.  She also presented the most compelling arguments why the money would be put to good use. Elizabeth Porter Park was selected because it is a significant part of Marietta's history.  We are proud to be a part of preserving that history."

“I am very excited that the new Elizabeth Porter Park will be the beneficiary of these funds,” said City Council member and Marietta Historic Committee Chairwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly.  “The committee formed in September 2015 with the purpose of establishing a timeline between the historic hospital, the once popular canteen, and the final re-purpose to the Elizabeth Porter recreational facility.  Needless to say, this facility meant a lot to the “Baptist Town” community.  Preserving and celebrating our city’s history is part of what makes the City of Marietta great!”    

With this donation, the Elizabeth Porter Park Fund will have more than $80,000 from community members to tell the story of Marietta, Baptist Town, and the Elizabeth Porter.  Current plans call for approximately $50,000 to go towards a statue of Mrs. Porter, signage within the park, and donor recognition.  Additional plans for enhancements to the park are to be finalized. 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in 2017 News Archive

city hall

City Offices Closed for New Year's

Posted on: December 28, 2017
city hall

City Offices Closed for Christmas

Posted on: December 18, 2017
council chamber

Watch Latest City Council Meeting Online

Posted on: December 14, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet December 20

Posted on: December 14, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet December 11 and 13

Posted on: December 4, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet November 29

Posted on: November 21, 2017
PD sign

MPD Offers Helpful Holiday Safety Tips

Posted on: November 20, 2017
council chamber

Watch Latest City Council Meeting Online

Posted on: November 9, 2017
city hall

City Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 9, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet November 6 and 8

Posted on: October 31, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet October 25

Posted on: October 16, 2017
council chamber

Watch Latest City Council Meeting Online

Posted on: October 12, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet October 9 and 11

Posted on: October 3, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet September 27

Posted on: September 18, 2017
council chamber

Watch Latest City Council Meeting Online

Posted on: September 14, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet September 11 and 13

Posted on: September 6, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet August 30

Posted on: August 22, 2017
city hall

City Offices Closed for Labor Day

Posted on: August 22, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet August 7 and 9

Posted on: July 31, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet July 26

Posted on: July 17, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet July 6 and 12

Posted on: June 29, 2017
council web thumb

City Council to Meet June 28

Posted on: June 19, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet May 24

Posted on: May 10, 2017
council chamber

City Council to Meet May 8 and 10

Posted on: May 1, 2017
council web thumb

City Council to Meet April 26

Posted on: April 18, 2017
council web thumb

City Council to Meet April 6 and 12

Posted on: April 3, 2017
city hall

City Offices Closed April 14th

Posted on: March 27, 2017
council web thumb

City Council to Meet March 29

Posted on: March 22, 2017
council web thumb.jpg

City Council to Meet March 6 and 8

Posted on: February 28, 2017
City Hall_thumb.jpg

City Council to Meet February 22

Posted on: February 13, 2017
Marietta City logo_jpg_thumb.jpg

Watch Latest City Council Meeting Online

Posted on: February 9, 2017
City Hall_thumb.jpg

City Council to Meet February 6 and 8

Posted on: February 2, 2017
City Hall.jpg

City Council to Meet January 9 and 11

Posted on: January 5, 2017