Nov 2, 2016
The webpage for “The Friends of Tritt Park” says the organization’s goal is to preserve the Tritt property, a nearly 54-acre piece of land adjacent to East Cobb Park.
It had been at the center of a lawsuit against the county after Cobb commissioners denied Atlanta-based Isakson Living’s request to rezone the land for a senior living project in March 2015. The company and the property’s owner, Wylene Tritt, sued the county over the decision, which has gone through multiple rounds of mediation.
The suit was dropped in September, with an Isakson Living official saying the county’s requests to reduce the number of residences at the senior living development would prevent the company from providing its expected level of services and accommodations.
In addition to dropping the suit, Isakson Living also canceled its contract with Tritt to purchase the property, leading Tritt to send a letter to county officials asking that the county consider purchasing her property to use as a park. The letter was dated Sept. 21, the day before the suit was officially dropped.
The Friends of Tritt Park’s website calls Tritt’s property “the Green Jewel of East Cobb,” and paints a picture of what supporters envision for the land.
“The vision for the new Tritt Park at Ivy Wood includes many activities & attractions such as nature hiking trails, mountain biking trails, disc golf, camping, botanical gardens, weddings and special events, an East Cobb history center and an art studio for art shows,” the website says.
The organization said the purchase of the property would likely be accomplished with a medley of funding, with support from the county, corporate sponsors, nonprofits and individuals. In addition to pursuing creation of a nonprofit toward its efforts, the organization is asking supporters to pledge donations that would go toward buying the park.
The Tritt property was not among the 13 pieces of land listed for potential purchase by the county, according to a list of properties obtained by the MDJ.
For more information on The Friends of Tritt Park, visit trittpark.org.