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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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Community Blood Drive – Cancelled @ Ben Robertson Community Center
Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

American Red Cross logoKennesaw 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.

UPDATE 10/14/2016: Due to unforeseen circumstances and staffing transitions, the American Red Cross-sponsored community blood drive scheduled at the Ben Robertson Community Center in Kennesaw on Tuesday, October 25 has been cancelled. Red Cross officials apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and are working diligently to reschedule the blood drive. To find another blood drive in the local area, log onto and search by zip code.

Garden Gallop 5K @ Downtown Kennesaw
Oct 29 @ 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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Holiday Gift Shop @ Carrie House
Nov 11 – Nov 13 all-day
Holiday Gift Shop @ Carrie House | Kennesaw | Georgia | United States

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.

Veterans Day Luncheon @ Ben Robertson Community Center
Nov 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Veterans Day Luncheon @ Ben Robertson Community Center | Kennesaw | Georgia | United States

North Cobb American Legion Post 304, along with Kennesaw city officials and staff, will honor America’s service men and women with a complimentary lunch. All veterans and active military service members are invited to attend. No identification will be required.


Tree Lighting Program @ Tunnel Plaza (across the street from Revival on Main)
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tree Lighting Program @ Tunnel Plaza (across the street from Revival on Main) | Kennesaw | Georgia | United States

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.