New firm brings experience in managing Georgia’s most visited attraction
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. — Thrive Attractions Management, LLC has been chosen as the finalist in the RFP to be the private manager of Stone Mountain Park by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, the state authority that oversees the state’s most visited attraction.
Thrive is a newly created entity owned by Michael Dombrowski, who has served as vice president and general manager of the park since 2014. The selection of Thrive brings stability, a smooth transition and years of experience successfully operating Stone Mountain Park, officials said.
“We are honored to have been selected to continue the great work of managing Stone Mountain Park for the past several years, and to keep in place an experienced group of senior managers and engaged employees,” said Dombrowski. “We’ll build on our success by caring for and loving our employees and guests and ensuring Stone Mountain Park is a welcoming and inclusive environment for all visitors from Atlanta, the nation and the world.”
Prior to the pandemic, Dombrowski is credited with turning years of negative cash flow at Stone Mountain Park into six consecutive years of profitability by bringing in new attractions and events.
“In Thrive, we have chosen continuity, experience and an unmatched depth of knowledge and know-how,” said the Rev. Abraham Mosley, chairman of the Stone Mountain Memorial Association. “The SMMA has a proven track record of working with the current management team for the better good of the park and the community,” said the Rev. Mosley. “I’m confident that we will build on that success.”
Dombrowski is partnering with Crescent Hotels and Resorts, a national hotel management company that will oversee operations of the park’s Evergreen Resort and Conference Center and Stone Mountain Inn. Crescent is consistently ranked as one of the top five hotel management companies in North America.
Never have I thought that I would think that I would live to see the day where I would live to witness change happen to Stone Mountain but here I am.
It’s about time. Everytime I would go to the park,I would get disgusted far as the history behind it. When it came to the Black relevance of it,it was never discussed behind those monuments. Ask the average person what is Shermantown and chances are someone is going to say ” Duh I don’t know ?” Until 5 years ago,I was in this category. As a proud Black Southern woman( because of my Black Southern ancestors heroics),I’m not bragging about the Confederacy ..(.or Union for that matter .Some of their racial attitudes were no different from theirs)because my ancestors suffered from it/ them. My late great grandmother passed in 2007 and the stories she told me about them didn’t paint then as angels.
History should be as true as possible..meaning if they want visitors to discuss the Confederacy,then it should include Black history and Native American history as well. The Confederacy cannot be the truth without discuss the other sides.