Archives for June 2010

Keep Cool at Cumming City Park And Public Pool

Update: the Cumming City Park is open, however, the pool is now closed. The Aquatic Center opened in 2011 just up the road on Pilgrim Mill and the city closed the city park pool as a result.

One of our favorite parks is Cumming City Park on Pilgrim Mill Road in Cumming, GA. There is a shady playground with sand and a covered picnic area. The public pool is open in the afternoons until August 1, 2010 from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Admission is $3.00 per person and individual and family passes are available to purchase. There are also baseball fields and tennis courts at the park. The City of Cumming also offers swim lessons and some swim teams use the pool for swim meets. It is another way to beat the heat!



City of Cumming July 4th Celebration

One of our favorite events in Cumming, GA besides the Country Fair in October is the July 4th celebration. Small town America at its best!

The City of Cumming has the BEST 4th of July Celebration around!! Our Independence Day Celebration begins on July 2nd at 6:00 p.m. with various vendors including food and drink, inflatables for kids, a live band, wonderful fireworks display along with an all age dance contest following the fireworks. Bring your blanket, set out on the lawn and enjoy the festivities. There is no admission or parking fee for the July 2nd celebration!

On July 3rd come and enjoy the famous Steam Engine Parade beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Parade will include steam engines, antique tractors, antique cars and many other floats decorated in the spirit of the holiday. Following the Steam Engine Parade you can take a closer look at the steam engines, tractors and cars at the Fairgrounds.

  • Friday, July 2nd @ Cumming Fairgrounds
  • 6:00pm  –  Vendors Open
  • 7:30pm  –  Band
  • 9:30pm  –  Fireworks Show
  • 10:00pm –  Dance Contest (all ages)
  • Saturday, July 3rd
  • 9:00am  –  Vendors Open For Sale (till 1:00pm)
  • 10:00am –  Parade Begins
  • Parade Ends at Fairgrounds At Approximately 12:00 Noon
  • 1:00pm  –  Celebration Over

For questions regarding the 4th of July Parade Please call:
Cindy Hansard 770-887-0516
Amy Webb 770-889-6103
Parade rules and regulations
FAQ’s about the parade
For questions regarding July 3rd activities:
Contact the Cumming Fairgrounds Staff


Tex Blair’s First Annual BoobieQ Today at Hunters Chase Subdivision in Cumming, GA

Wondering what to do for lunch today? My friend Tex, Owner and Chef of Joe’s Catering and Tex Blair’s Everything Seasoning is having his first annual BoobieQ today in Cumming, GA from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The subdivision is located at Canton Highway (20) and Woodland Hills Drive, near Bethelview Road and the Kroger Greens Corners shopping center.

Have some tasty barbecue and support the Atlanta 2 day walk for Breast Cancer while doing so!

Also, Catch Air has a 50% off walk in special today from 4:00 – 5:30 pm! Beat the heat and let the kids jump inside!


Play in the Shade at Coal Mountain Park in Forsyth County, GA

Coal Mountain Park in Forsyth County, GA features a neat covered playground as well as a picnic pavilion, walking trails, second playground and softball and soccer fields. I like to go to the park in the mornings when it’s cooler. The ground is made of a soft rubber which is nice and soft.

When temperatures are topping in the 90s, playgrounds can get hot and dangerous for kids. (Beware if it is in the 90s outside, the playground equipment can get well over 100 degrees in temperature.)

3560 Settingdown Road
Cumming,Georgia 30028


Cool Off at Poole’s Mill Park in Forsyth County, GA

After our daughter’s softball tournament, a few families decided to go to Poole’s Mill Park for an afternoon of cooling off in the creek. It is a hidden gem in Forsyth County.

There is a shady playground, eating area, covered bridge and a creek that kids can wade in and slide down natural rock waterslides.

The kids had a ball and didn’t want to leave. We will definitely return with a picnic basket this summer!

Directions: From GA400 take GA Highway 20 west to Heardsville Road. Turn right on Heardsville Road. Poole’s Mill Road is 1 mile north on the right. The entrance to the Poole’s Mill Park, which houses Poole’s Mill Bridge, is at the corner of Poole’s Mill and Heardsville Road.

Playground, Walking Paths and Picnic Pavilion

A one-of-kind passive park, Poole’s Mill is 10 acres of property that showcases a unique covered bridge. The Bridge, built in 1901, spans the shoals of Settendown Creek. After periods of disrepair, the structure was converted from private ownership and dedicated as a county park in 1997. The park, on the National Historic Registry, offers residents the opportunity to picnic, walk and reminisce about the history of a bygone era.


Swim Lessons in the Area – Cumming, Forsyth County, GA

I enrolled my girls in swim lessons with Swim with Donna. She and her daughter teach basic swimming and survival skills in a friendly environment. It is good to brush up on our swimming skills as we live at the lake. Even though the kids wear life jackets in the lake, learning to swim is important for all children. Safety tips are also important like floating on your back when you are tired, swimming to the wall and climbing out without a ladder, etc.

Here are some other area swim resources.

City of Cumming – outdoor pool – classes going on this summer

Swim with Donna – Cumming, GA swim lessons at local hotel indoor pool

Aqua-Tots (Alpharetta)

Swim Atlanta – Cumming, GA


Play in the Fountains – Near Forsyth County, GA

We had to drop our Kia off at the Buford, GA dealer for maintenance. They were very friendly and took my girls and I to the Mall of Georgia to spend a few hours instead of waiting in a cramped waiting room.

At the Mall, I was pleasantly surprised to find an open area play space that the girls played in for a few minutes while we waited for the mall shops to open. We then went to Old Navy for summer clothing deals and grabbed Chick-Fil-A lunch in the food court. A $2.00 carousel ride later, we ventured outside to get some sun.

We discovered a fountain at Mall of Georgia that had kids running and playing through the water. My girls were shy at first but after awhile they were soon soaked. And it was free entertainment in which they cooled off.

Today we venture back out to Buford to get a boat part for our pontoon and then I’m heading to Suwanee Town Park to visit Play Town and the free water fountain there. I will report on it later this week!


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