167 Years of Glover Park
Marietta Square is often called the “Heart of Marietta,” but Glover Park, located in the center of the Square, may be the city’s soul. For almost 170 years, Glover Park has been a place where families picnic under the many trees, children explore the playground, musicians play on the bandstand, and couples fall in love by the fountain. Generations of Marietta citizens have made memories in Glover Park, thanks in no small part to a promise made by the city’s first mayor.
Generations of Memories at Glover Park
When the first mayor of Marietta, John Heyward Glover Jr., donated the land that would become Glover Park to the city in 1852, he did so on the condition that the land should always remain a park, or it would be returned to his heirs. This promise would come into play in the 1960s, when the city proposed plans to build a four-story parking deck in the park.
The Glover family, who still lives in Marietta to this day, quickly sued the city in order to reclaim the park. However, since the deed to Glover Park was destroyed during the Civil War, another lawsuit was initiated to clear the title. The Georgia Supreme Court ultimately ruled with the city of Marietta, stating that “proof of title could not be established by hearsay evidence.” Fortunately, public outcry against the changes were so great that the parking plans were scrapped.
Glover Park remains open to the public and is a welcoming place to spend a beautiful summer day — hopefully for many more years to come.