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.
- Santa Parade, Snow Activities Coming to Downtown Kennesaw - The City of Kennesaw will usher in the holiday season on Saturday, December 3 with a Main Street parade featuring marching bands, decorated floats, vintage cars, colorfully-costumed characters, and Santa … Continue reading
- Have Breakfast with Santa on December 10 - Kennesaw Parks & Recreation is partnering with the Kennesaw-Acworth Optimist Club to host an “all-you-care-to-eat” pancake breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10 at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 … Continue reading
- Crafters Gear Up for Kennesaw Holiday Shop - Pottery both functional and whimsical, produced by students and instructors from Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s pottery program, will be on display and available for purchase at the City of Kennesaw’s … Continue reading
- Kennesaw Parks Staffers Honored with GRPA District Awards - Three Kennesaw Parks & Recreation staff members were recognized by the Georgia Recreation & Park Association’s (GRPA) 5th District, comprised of over 30 NW Georgia agencies. Jerry Wiley received the … Continue reading
- Grand Prix 5K Series Concludes with Garden Gallop - The sixth 5K in the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series, the Garden Gallop 5K, will take place on Saturday, October 29 in downtown Kennesaw. The race for adults and children benefits … Continue reading
- Veterans Day Free Lunch Honors Servicemembers - The City of Kennesaw will honor the service of military members past and present with a complimentary lunch on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11 from noon – 2 pm at … 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.
Pottery both functional and whimsical, produced by students and instructors from Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s pottery program, will be on display and available for purchase. One-of-a-kind items handmade by local artists including jewelry, felted wool and knitted items, photography and other mixed-media works of art will also be offered for sale.
Holiday Gift Shop Hours:
Friday, November 11 from Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 13 from Noon to 6 p.m.
Winter is a season filled with exciting activities and time-honored traditions, including the City of Kennesaw’s tree lighting program. Join the Mayor and other City officials in downtown Kennesaw as they “flip the switch” to illuminate the City’s official Christmas tree. The free program will include festival choral music and a sing-along, light refreshments and plenty of holiday cheer.
Santa’s arrival begins at noon with a Main Street parade featuring marching bands, decorated floats, vintage cars, and colorfully-costumed characters. The celebration continues with a holiday host of activities including FREE snow tubing, inflatables and amusements, kid’s crafts, visits with Santa, stage entertainment, and a holiday market full of gift ideas and unique merchandise. Food vendors will be onsite.
Would you like to enter a float or walking group in the parade?
Complete an entry form online at www.adaywithsanta.com beginning October 17. Space is limited and entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.