Spotlight on Smyrna

From Jonquil Blooms to Vibrant Boom, Smyrna Embraces Tradition and Progress

Smyrna, Georgia, affectionately referred to as the "Jonquil City" due to its abundant springtime blossoms, is a place where tradition and progress go hand in hand. Nestled in the heart of Cobb County, this charming city has evolved over the years into a vibrant community that values its small-town spirit while embracing exciting new developments.

Mark Owens, a resident of Smyrna, reflects on the town's remarkable growth: "As a lifelong resident of Smyrna, it's fun to watch our little town grow into a destination spot for families, businesses & entertainment. Personally, I'm most excited for the brewery to open. It will be a game-changer. I am still pleasantly shocked & amazed that we shut down Atlanta Road to host thousands of fans for a night of music & celebration. Credit to Mayor Norton & his staff for allowing Smyrna to keep the 'small town' feel while undertaking big city projects."

Mark's sentiments underscore Smyrna's remarkable ability to strike a delicate balance between progress and its cherished small-town atmosphere. The city's growth has not come at the expense of its deeply rooted sense of community.

Indeed, Smyrna has made significant investments in community-oriented spaces. One such gem is the Village Green, which serves as the heart of the city. Here, you'll find City Hall, the library, restaurants, shops, and a vibrant space for public events. The open green area and seating provide a common meeting ground for residents and visitors, fostering a sense of togetherness. For families with young children, a covered playground near the library offers a safe and fun place to play. Nearby, an arboretum and pond near the Community Center provide a tranquil retreat for nature lovers.

The latest addition to Smyrna's Village Green is a beautiful event green space and a walking trail, creating more opportunities for the community to come together. With plans for shaded areas, bistro tables, and a water feature with a reflecting pool, the park is set to become a cherished gathering place. Convenient parking is available at the Library and Community Center, ensuring easy access for all.

As the city gears up to celebrate its 151st Birthday Celebration and Culture and Spirit Festival, excitement is palpable among residents and visitors alike. Scheduled for Saturday, October 7th, from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, this year's event promises to be even more spectacular than the last. Opening act, The Wallflowers, will take the stage at 7:00 pm, followed by headliners Goo Goo Dolls at 8:30 pm. And let's not forget the special afternoon performance by 10,000 Maniacs at 4:30 pm at the new Village Green Park. The fireworks show at the end of the night is a spectacle not to be missed, capping off a day filled with music and celebration.

Allyson Campbell praises Smyrna's focus on community and families: "We are so fortunate to live in Smyrna because of the focus on community and families. Between sports, concerts, and fun events, the city of Smyrna and the Norton administration have made Smyrna one of the best places to live in Georgia."

Looking ahead to 2024, Smyrna residents can anticipate another exciting addition to the city's parks—a splash pad at River Line Park. More information will be released as preparations for this fantastic new feature in Smyrna's park system unfold. Stay tuned for updates on the Parks and Recreation and City of Smyrna Facebook pages.

Smyrna's journey from a quaint town to a thriving community with a rich cultural and recreational scene stands as a testament to its unwavering dedication to progress while preserving its spirit of unity and togetherness. It’s a place where community and growth flourish together, creating a genuinely exceptional living experience.

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