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.


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Swift-Cantrell Classic 5K @ Downtown Kennesaw
May 7 @ 7:30 am

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 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.

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Outdoor Movie – Inside Out @ Swift-Cantrell Park
May 7 @ 6:00 pm

Outdoor MoviesIt 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 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.

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Community Blood Drive @ Ben Robertson Community Center
May 10 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

American Red CrossKennesaw 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 and enter sponsor code KP&R or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Free Outdoor Workout: Cardio Karate @ Swift-Cantrell Park
May 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Kennesaw Parks & Recreation is offering a series of free outdoor workouts at Swift-Cantrell Park in support of its Fit City initiative aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles.

Backyard Campout @ Swift-Cantrell Park
May 21 @ 5:00 pm – May 22 @ 9:00 am

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.

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