Where We Live: Taylor Brawner Park in Smyrna

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I’m joining with some fellow photographers in a blog circle with the theme, “Where We Live”. I’ll be posting a monthly blog post featuring different parts of Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton, and the surrounding areas. This month I thought I’d share about one of our favorite parks – Taylor-Brawner Park in Smyrna.

Each post will include link to another photographer’s blog post at the end of the post, where they will share a little about where they live. I’m really looking forward to this and think it will be a lot of fun to share pictures of some of our favorite spots in and around Cobb County.

Taylor-Brawner Park was purchased by the City of Smyrna in 2005 and turned into a 10-acre park. The property includes two historic buildings that are now used for city offices and special events: Brawner Hall, a former mental health hospital, and the Taylor-Brawner House.


The park includes beautiful trees and flowers, including pink dogwoods, redbuds, azaleas, and more. It’s beautiful this time of year with all the spring flowers blooming.


There’s also a small fountain and several swings on the grounds. My daughter loves to sit on the edge of the fountain and play in the water.


Taylor-Brawner Park is hugely popular with children and families in the area. Kids love playing on the large playground, rolling down the grassy hills, riding bikes and scooters along the paths. Families can often be seen having picnics under a shade tree or in one of the gazebos.  The park is especially popular on Food Truck Tuesdays – on Tuesday evenings during the summer months, the local food trucks all show up and lots of Smyrna residents enjoy dinner at the park.


Continue on in our blog circle by checking the wonderful work of photographer Paige Wilkes in Austin, Texas.

15 Responses

  1. Rebecca
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    Gorgeous! Also…Food Truck Tuesdays??! Sounds awesome!

  2. Stacey Carpenter
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    These are beautiful! I love all the pink in that last image–helmet, heart, and flowers.

  3. Faye
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    Those flowers are gorgeous. What a beautiful place to live and play!

  4. Paige Wilks
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    What an absolutely perfect park! I love the all the colors and flowers. I am sure your family enjoyed your time there!

  5. Asheley
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    What an idyllic park! Your images are beautiful, and I enjoyed reading the narrative as well.

  6. Rebeccah
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    Kelley these are wonderful! I love the variety and different perspectives- pull backs and close ups!

  7. Sheila
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    What a beautiful spring day you’ve captured! Wonderful pictures Kelley!

  8. Melinda Meredith
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    What a beautiful park and images Kelley. Looking forward to getting to know you through your images!

  9. jayne maartens
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    It warms my heart that your local City bought and gave back to the local community in such a way as they have with this park that obviously has historical and cultural value. Your images are testament to it’s ongoing development for your community’s use.

  10. Christa P.
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    Gorgeous images! Loving all those blooms and buds you photographed – gorgeous!

  11. Samantha
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    I love these! I love your clean, minimal processing as well. These photos make me want to visit Smyrna. 🙂

  12. Jen Reynolds
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    Those dogwood flowers look wonderful- we haven’t seen them this far north yet. I’m so jealous of your food truck Tuesdays- that’s a community event I can completely get behind.

  13. Jennifer B
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    This looks like such a beautiful place to live!

  14. ashley
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    What a gorgeous park!!

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