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Cobb County residents split on proposed park

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County could soon get a new multi-million-dollar park, complete with various courts, a walking trial, a spray park and even a velodrome.

However, the plan is not without controversy.

The proposed Cobb International Village would be built in the area of Bells Ferry and North Booth roads near Kennesaw. Developer Keith McSorely said it would include a privately funded international village for outdoor activities, mentoring programs, concerts and other family events. He believes he can get clearance within the next 30 days to build the park.

But a change.org petition against the park already has more than 600 signatures. The petition says the park would create too much traffic and noise in the heavily residential area. The park site is only about six miles from Kennesaw's Swift-Cantrell Park, which offers many of the same facilities, according to the petition.

The petition also claims the district commissioner never hosted any town hall meetings about the park, so residents did not get the opportunity to voice their concerns about the "high intensity impact it will have on our area."

A petition in favor of the park has more than 700 signatures, with people writing it is something they want in their neighborhood. McSorely said he's received overwhelming support from the community.

Part of Cobb International Village would be dedicated to Cooper Harris, the Cobb County toddler who died last summer after being left in a hot car. McSorely said Cooper's Cove would honor the little boy, raise awareness about his death and try to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

Cooper's father, Justin Ross Harris, is charged with malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children in the boy's death. He is expected to go on trial before the end of the year.