Cobb County commissioners renamed a Marietta park after a slain soldier. “Marine Lance Corporal Squire 'Skip' Wells Park” is the new name.
Lance Cpl. Skip Wells was 21 years old when he and four other service members were gunned killed at a military base in Tennessee by a terrorism-inspired Tennessee man in July 2015.
Wells attended Bells Ferry Elementary School before graduating in 2012 from Sprayberry High School, where he was a member of the ROTC program. He continued his education at Georgia Southern University until the fall of 2013. In 2014, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he soon gained praise for his commitment and devotion.
He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart by the Navy. His life was an example to our community, and his unwavering commitment to serving our country embodied the Marine Corps' finest traditions.
Corporal Wells comes from a military family, with his mother, Cathy Wells, and grandpa both serving in the Marine Corps.
He went to college, (but) felt he wasn't called to that and felt a calling to serve — in the Marines,” according to spokesperson Andy Kingery, who spoke to the Atlanta Journal Constitution about his decision to join the Marines.
Corporal Wells had only been in Chattanooga for a two-week training course, according to The New York Times.
Skip Wells Park, on the other hand, is a county park on Bells Ferry Road about a mile southeast of I-575 Exit 1. This county park offers children's playgrounds, tennis courts, baseball/softball fields, walking trails, restrooms, and a covered picnic pavilion. The park, which is several dozen acres in size and beautifully maintained, is patrolled by Cobb County Police. Almost every day, the playing fields are groomed and illuminated. The Park is known for its peaceful atmosphere, chirping birds, and blossoming cherry trees. A few folks hit softballs, walked dogs, and exercised while Maintenance raked and emptied rubbish. The park is entirely free of charge. The park has a bus stop near the entrance and is served by the bus which runs along Bell's Ferry Road.
Wells spent many hours as a child at the park, which he liked with his family and friends.
Marietta, Georgia is blessed with some of Georgia’s best parks. Here’s our list of the best of the best you shouldn’t miss:
- Tumlin Park
- Laurel Park
- Whitaker Park
- Terrell Mill Park
- Elizabeth Porter Park & Sprayground
- “Skip” Wells Park
- Wildwood Park
- Victory Park
- A.L. Burruss Nature Park
These amazing parks are located just down the street from our location at 2909 Austell Road SW, Suite 112. Stop by for a visit anytime!