Mountain Creek History
2022 is the 50th Anniversary of the forming of Mountain Creek Recreation Association (MCRA). MCRA was originally formed by the developer of Mountain Creek, Jim King. MCRA is incorporated in accordance with the Georgia Property Owners’ Association Act (”ACT”). The Recreation Association that owned the pool, tennis courts, and playground in the Mountain Creek neighborhood was a voluntary member organization until September 1997. Prior to that date, the homeowner paid an initiation fee, and dues were paid each quarter. If a member no longer wanted to belong, they could just stop paying the dues and leave MCRA.
In 1996, there was a series of articles in the AJC concerning neighborhoods that had aging recreational facilities and were struggling to keep up with the required maintenance because of declining membership. Because of this, several neighborhoods had recreational facilities in such disrepair, they were an eyesore and had to be shut down. Home values in those neighborhoods fell as much as 20 to 30 percent.
The articles in the AJC were timely, because we were starting to experience declining membership here in Mountain Creek for many reasons. As our membership aged, the kids were moving away, people were buying boats, lake and/or mountain homes, and interest waned.
From February thru June of 1997, recognizing the value the recreational facilities and common areas have on the value of our homes, and faced with declining membership and aging facilities, we realized that we could not survive without a permanent membership base and set in motion a plan to move from a voluntary to a permanent membership.
At that time, the Recreation Association hired the law firm of Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco. This law firm had been instrumental in helping several neighborhood organizations move from a volunteer to a permanent/mandatory organization. Each homeowner in Mountain Creek was given an opportunity to join Mountain Creek Recreation Association, during this set membership period, without having to pay an initiation fee. Everyone wishing to join was required to sign the ‘Consent To A Declaration Of Additional Protective Covenants' on their property.
This Covenant requires that not only they, but also any subsequent owner of the property, would be members of Mountain Creek Recreation Association and, as such, would be required to pay the annual dues. These Additional Protective Covenants were recorded, in Cross-Ref: Book 10645, Pages 21 - 460, Cobb County, Georgia Records, in September 1997.
Those of us that were here in 1996/1997, when this all took place, view our recreational facilities as a major contributor to the value of our homes. That means every homeowner in Mountain Creek benefits from our recreational facilities, even while some contribute nothing. It is not unusual for non-member homeowners, which have contributed nothing to the upkeep of our recreational facilities, to put great emphasis on these same facilities when they sell their home here in Mountain Creek, i.e. “Active Swim & Tennis Community” in their real estate listings.
It is the Board policy to offer only permanent memberships for current non-member Mountain Creek homes with a goal of one day having 100% permanent/mandatory membership. There has been recent interest in voluntary membership which is permitted by the Declaration at the sole discretion of the Board. However, this would be a membership where the homeowner would not have to sign the ‘Consent to a Declaration of additional Protective Covenants’ on their property and could quit at any time. The Board feels that since every homeowner benefits from the Recreation Association, that every home should be a permanent/mandatory member. It would not be fair to our homeowners that have signed the Covenant and obligated themselves to invest in their community to allow homeowners that have no secured interest to use the facilities. Over the years it has become clear that having a permanent membership has ensured the continued operations and maintenance of our facilities. Of the 344 homes in our neighborhood, 210 joined during the initial signup period, and we currently have 258 member homes which have agreed to the ‘Covenant’ on their property. In addition to the “permanent members,” at the will of the MCRA board, it has been decided that a limited number of non-resident members will be accepted each year. These non-resident members have complete use of our facilities and pay the same dues as the permanent members.
Although 2022 is MCRA’s 50th Anniversary, the tireless work of all this and all previous boards, who have all attempted to maintain and update our facilities for the enjoyment of our members in the most budget conscious manner possible. The MCRA board has always been comprised of members who have donated their time and skills to their neighbors and neighborhood. It is this sense of community that has set MCRA and Mountain Creek apart from all the surrounding East Cobb neighborhoods.
Non-Resident Memberships are available for $550.00 per year.
What do you get for your $550.00?
- One of Cobb County’s largest, if not ‘the’ largest private swimming pools,
complete with swim team, party pavilion, gas grills, horseshoe pits
- Four lighted tennis courts
- A well maintained playground
- Attractive and well maintained facilities and landscaping
- Extremely active social calendar with top-notch parties and entertainment nearly year-round.
For additional information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Join send the following to email@example.com.
Children Names & Birth Dates:
In addition send a check, made out to “MCRA”, for $550.00 to:
Mountain Creek Recreation Association
3162 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, Ga. 30062-7600