Parks & Recreation
The City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department is committed to providing public parks, facilities and recreation experiences that enrich the quality of life for area residents and visitors through dedicated staff, sound management and community involvement.
- Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Honored with Volunteer Award - The City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department has been recognized with the ‘Choice Award of the Year’ from Volunteer KSU (VKSU), a campus based volunteer program unit of the … Continue reading
- Swift-Cantrell Classic 5K Opens Kennesaw Grand Prix Series - The first 5K in the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series, the Swift-Cantrell Classic 5K, held annually on Mother’s Day weekend, will take place on Saturday, May 7 in downtown Kennesaw. The … Continue reading
- PIG TALES Writing Competition Open to Cobb Students - This summer, the City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department is partnering with the Cobb Schools Foundation and the Cobb County Public Library System to offer the 4th Annual PIG … Continue reading
- Enjoy Summertime Fun with Kennesaw’s Day Camps - Registration is now open for Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s All-Star Summer Day Camp. Ten weeks of camp will be offered from May 31 – July 29. Each week of camp … Continue reading
Each race in the Kennesaw Grand Prix series is run on a mostly flat and fast asphalt course, professionally timed and USAT&F Certified, through downtown Kennesaw. The course is perfect for competitive runners seeking a qualifying time for the Peachtree Road Race. The festival-like atmosphere and plentiful food and drink also make these races perfect for beginner runners/walkers as well as families.
The six 5K runs are part of the Fit City Kennesaw initiative which encourages residents to become more active and engage in wellness-related activities; each benefits city facilities or projects. Registration can be done online at www.active.com. The entry fee of $25 ($35 on race day) includes a race t-shirt.
This year’s lineup is as follows:
May 7 – Swift-Cantrell Classic
Jun 18 – Dream Dash
Jul 9 – The Sports Fanatics
Aug 6 – Hero Run
Oct 1 – Great Locomotive Chase
Oct 29 – Garden Gallop
Each race begins at the Kennesaw First Baptist Church on Main Street in downtown Kennesaw. With plentiful parking, restrooms, room to spread out and warm-up, the registration and start area helps to get you ready for your race. Each race program includes a 1-mile fun run at 7:30 am; the 5K at 8 am; and a Tot Trot at 8:55 am. Awards are presented in the plaza adjacent to the Pedestrian Underpass to the top finishers in 14 categories immediately afterwards.
Participants in four of the six 5K series races will receive a specially designed zippered hoodie.
For more information, visit www.kennesawgrandprix.com.
It doesn’t get much better than FREE, family-friendly movies in the park! Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out (rated PG) will be projected onto a giant inflatable screen after sundown.
Arrive at 6 p.m. for pre-movie entertainment, giveaways and outdoor fun. For your comfort, bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Pop-up tents, canopies or beach umbrellas that can obstruct the view of others are not permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Cancellations may occur due to weather conditions. Visit www.kennesawparksandrec.com for updates.
Additional movies in the City of Kennesaw’s 2016 Outdoor Movie Series include Kung Fu Panda 3 (rated PG) on Saturday, June 4; and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rated PG-13) on Saturday, October 15.
Kennesaw Parks & Recreation is proud to pay it forward and strengthen our community by helping to save lives. We partner with the American Red Cross three times per year to host blood drives, and we need your help to make them a success. Won’t you consider giving the gift of life? Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code KP&R or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Enjoy camping under the night sky, along with backyard games, field activities, discovery stations and campfire entertainment featuring professional storytelling, stargazing and s’mores. The registration fee is $20 for a 10′ x 10′ camp site. Advance registration is required. Participants will need to bring their own tent. Only one tent is allowed per camp site. Dinner and breakfast will be provided. Click here for more information.