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General Information

City Staff

City Manager.......................…………………......................……… Jeff Drobney jdrobney@kennesaw-ga.gov Parks & Recreation Director…....................... Steve Roberts, CPRP sroberts@kennesaw-ga.gov Assistant Director…………............................................Bill McNair, CPRP bmcnair@kennesaw-ga.gov Recreation Division Manager……...............……....…… Amanda Glass aglass@kennesaw-ga.gov Parks Supervisor……………………...….....................………… Rolando Pardo rpardo@kennesaw-ga.gov Special Events Coordinator……................………..…… Brittani Farmer bfarmer@kennesaw-ga.gov Recreation Programs Coordinator….….............................Trici Styles dstyles@kennesaw-ga.gov Partnerships and Events Specialist…….…............Megan Ritenour mritenour@kennesaw-ga.gov Office Assistant……………………………..........................……. Laura Woolsey lwoolsey@kennesaw-ga.gov Office Assistant……………………………...........................….. Sarah Morrison smorrison@kennesaw-ga.gov

Mayor and City Council

Mayor……………………………………………………….......................... Derek Easterling Council Post 1………………………………………....................……. Jim Eaton Council Post 2………………………………………...................…… Tracey Viars Council Post 3……………………………………...................……… Pat Ferris Council Post 4………………………………………..................…… Chris Henderson Council Post 5…………………………………...................………… David Blinkhorn

Administrative Office

City of Kennesaw | Parks & Recreation Department 2753 Watts Drive | Kennesaw, GA 30144 Hours..................................................Monday to Friday 8:00am-5:00pm Telephone…………………...……...................................................... (770) 422-9714 Fax………………………………..………......................................................(678) 460-3373 Website.................www.kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation/ Online Registration.secure.rec1.com/GA/kennesaw-ga/catalog

Customer Satisfaction

As a valued customer, you are our highest priority. Our goal is to be the premier provider for all your recreation and leisure service needs. If you experience something at one of our parks, facilities, special events or recreation programs that doesn’t meet your expectations, please notify us promptly, and we will do our best to assist you.

Interested in Teaching?

The City of Kennesaw is committed to providing quality programs for all ages, abilities and interests. Programs offered strive to foster new skills, promote health and well-being and expand cultural and artistic development. In order to provide these programs, the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department seeks contracted instructors to share their special talents, skills or knowledge with others in a class, camp or workshop format. For more information on how to submit a proposal, e-mail Trici Styles at dstyles@kennesaw-ga.gov.

City Holidays

Our administrative office, including the Ben Robertson Community Center, will be closed in observance of the following holidays: Friday, January 1 - New Year’s Day Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Friday, April 2 - Good Friday Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Monday, July 5 - Independence Day Monday, September 6 - Labor Day Thursday & Friday, November 25 & 26 - Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, December 23 & 24 - Christmas

Professional Memberships

The City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department is a member of the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Local Interest

Kennesaw Business Association www.kennesawbusiness.org Kennesaw City Hall www.kennesaw-ga.gov | (770) 424-8274 Kennesaw Police www.kennesaw-ga.gov/police | (770) 422-2505 Smith-Gilbert Gardens www.smithgilbertgardens.com | (770) 919-0248 Southern Museum www.southernmuseum.org | (770) 427-2117 Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation www.swiftcantrellpark.org

Kennesaw Sports Associations

Kennesaw Baseball and Softball Association www.kennesawbaseball.com Kennesaw Futbol Club/SSA North www.ssaelite.com Kennesaw Mountain Youth Football and Cheer www.kmhsfootball.com

Special Events

Salute to America...................................www.kennesawjuly3.com Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival........www.pigsandpeaches.com A Day with Santa.....................................www.adaywithsanta.com

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Table of Contents

02 GENERAL INFORMATION 02 City Staff 03 Director's Message 04 04 05 06

PARKS & FACILITIES Full Listing Adams Park Swift-Cantrell Park

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RENTAL INFORMATION Frequently Asked Questions How to Rent Facility Rates

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SPECIAL EVENTS 2021 Calendar

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16 PROGRAMS 16 Youth Programs 18 Adult Programs 23

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

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How to Register Frequently Asked Questions

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Dear Kennesaw Residents, Employees and Visitors

On behalf of Kennesaw Parks and Recreation and the City of Kennesaw, I would like to welcome everyone to explore the different events, programs and amenities that our department offers. We know 2020 was a trying year for everyone, and our department was no different. We appreciate your support and patience as we found new ways to stay connected with our community. But, 2020 did bring some exciting changes and new opportunities for our citizens. The biggest is the transformation of our new Inclusive Playground. Swift-Cantrell Park now has an 18,500 sq. ft. playground that is fully turfed and packed with features for kids of all ages and abilities to play together. We also renovated our Wrens Ridge playground with some new features, benches and picnic tables. 2020 was the year of cancellations, but in early March we held the biggest Touch-a-Truck in Kennesaw's history. We had thousands of people enjoy the beautiful weather and huge lineup of vehicles. We do look forward to hosting everyone in 2021, as we get back to a full calendar of events. As we look into 2021 we are excited for what is coming. On July 29th, we broke ground on a new Recreation Center. Adding the Recreation Center to the city's amenities will be such a blessing to the community. The basketball courts and extra space will allow us to offer more programs like basketball, volleyball, pickleball and senior aerobics, just to name a few. This will allow our department to grow and become even more of an economic driver for our community. Depot Park in downtown Kennesaw is taking on a new look as we continue to develop it into a centerpiece for the city. The new plaza area will host festivals, concerts and city events. It will be the heartbeat of our city. So, as you can see, we are excited about our future and what we will be able to offer to everyone!

Steve Roberts

Parks & Recreation Director


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Parks & Facilities

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Adams Park 2600 Parks Drive

This 33-acre community park offers a unique blend of active and passive recreation, including the following:

Amenities:

Six Lighted Baseball Fields Four Lighted Softball Fields Playground Picnic Pavilions & Shelters Half Mile Paved Trail Concessions Buildings Two Tennis Courts Wi-Fi Hotspot Community Center Recreation Center (Coming 2021) Ben Robertson Community Center 2753 Watts Drive Whether you are planning a business meeting for 200 guests or a small event with a few relatives, the City of Kennesaw invites you to experience the value, convenience, and simplistic style of the Ben Robertson Community Center. For more information see pages 8-9, call (770) 4229714, or visit: www.kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-andrecreation.


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Parks & Facilities Swift-Cantrell Park 3140 Old 41 Highway

Swift-Cantrell Park serves as one of the premier recreation, relaxation, and central gathering places for area residents. Park hours of operation are from 6AM -10PM. At 42 acres, the City of Kennesaw’s largest community park features:

Amenities:

Two age-appropriate playgrounds One mile perimeter paved trail Open turf for passive recreation Half mile inner-loop paved trail Splash Pad Swift-Cantrell Park’s Splash Pad offers cool, wet fun for area families. The Splash Pad is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Splash Pad hours are seasonal and subject to change based on weather conditions. The 3,200 sq. ft. amenity offers water play options controlled by motion sensors. Elements include a fountain spray, ground geyser, jet stream, magic mist, and multiple sea silhouettes. For more information visit www.kennesawga.gov/parks-and-recreation.

Life University Wellness Station The Life University Wellness Station at Swift-Cantrell Park is a complete fitness and body-weight training system designed to deliver a synergistic workout. The system consists of five Energi Prime stations, 120 exercises and can accommodate up to 14 users at once. Two additional LifeTrail Advanced Wellness stations feature low-impact, functional exercises to help older, active adults stay fit, prevent injury, and maintain an independent, healthy lifestyle.

Inclusive Playground In 2019, the City of Kennesaw and Kennesaw Parks & Recreation renovated the upper playground at Swift-Cantrell Park to a fully inclusive playground. The previous playground featured nine slides, eleven swings, and a main play structure that has 100 feet of ADA ramps and sensory boards. The four additions to the main play structure include a wheelchair accessible ramp that leads to a ropes tower, sensory stations, an eight-person wheelchair sway fun, and a slide. The ramp system also leads to the pod climbers, a tunnel system, and climbing apparatuses. The main play structure has 40 feet of shade.

Kennesaw Skatepark The 40,000 sq. ft. skate park consists of a Street League Skateboarding Foundation Certified Skate Plaza, flow course, and bowl. There is no charge to use the facility. Helmets are required for skaters ages 15 and under.


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Swift-Cantrell Park 3140 Old 41 Highway

Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation

The Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation is a non-profit 501-C3 comprised of a team of dedicated and community-minded individuals donating their time and talents to benefit Kennesaw’s Swift-Cantrell Park. The Foundation works to create awareness about the park’s needs and raise funds for park enhancements not funded by other means. The Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation, or SCPF, has contributed to such park improvements as the Splash Pad, shade structures in the playground and Skate Park, and the new, inclusive playground. Donations can be made directly on the SCPF website (www.swiftcantrellparkfoundation.org/donations) or passively through their partnership with Gas South, Amazon Smile, Schoolhouse Village Campaign, or by running in the Swift-Cantrell Classic 5k. For details visit www.swiftcantrellparkfoundation.org.

Frank Boone Dog Park The 1.4 acre off-leash dog park, located along the western edge of the property, has 6-foot-high perimeter fencing, two separate run areas (for large and small dogs), a watering station, dog wash area, and disposable plastic waste bags and receptacle stations.

Picnic Pavilions Reserve a picnic area for your next social gathering! Swift-Cantrell Park has three 1,320 sq. ft. open-air pavilions, each equipped with picnic tables and charcoal grills. Pavilions can be reserved in advance. Rates start at only $20 per hour for a Kennesaw City Resident. For more information, call (770) 422-9714 or visit www.kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and-recreation.

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Rental Information

Swift-Cantrell Park Our 42-acre park, Swift-Cantrell, provides 3 open-air picnic pavilions that are available for rent 8 AM - 8 PM. The picnic pavilions are in close proximity to the outdoor Splash Pad.

Resident vs Non-Resident

You are considered a Kennesaw Resident if you live within the incorporated city limits. A Kennesaw postal address does not, in itself, determine residency. Contact our office at the Ben Robertson Community Center with any questions or concerns.

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Ben Robertson Community Center The Community Center is conveniently located 25 minutes north of Atlanta, near I-75 and Cobb Parkway/US-41; the perfect destination for your next event! The 26,000 sq. ft. Ben Robertson Community Center has 10 rooms available for rent. Interior accommodations include a 1,687 sq. ft. pre-function lobby area, two 840 sq. ft. meeting rooms that can be joined to form a large meeting room, and a 3,952 sq. ft. banquet hall complete with a catering prep area. There is ample parking, and the entrance features a porte-cochere with interior vestibule to provide shelter for arriving guests. Nearby attractions include the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History (a member of the prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations Program), Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, and Town Center Mall. There are over a dozen lodging options within a two-mile radius, and whether you prefer casual or elegant dining, endless choices of restaurants and eateries are within a short drive.

Depot Park Located in Downtown Kennesaw, Depot Park has the Historic Train Depot, the Carrie House, and the Tunnel Amphitheatre.

What is included in my rental?

Each room comes with tables, chairs, and a large garbage bin. No decorations or utensils are included.

How do I pick my layout for the room?

You will pick from a list of pre-configured layouts at checkout for your rental. Each room has 3-4 options to fit a variety of events.

Can I look at the rooms before renting? Yes! Please contact our office at the Community Center to schedule a time to view. If a room is occupied, it cannot be viewed.

Contact Us

Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Ben Robertson Community Center 2753 Watts Drive Kennesaw, GA 30144 Office Hours Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM (770) 422-9714 kennesawparksandrecdept@kennesaw-ga.gov

All City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation rental facilities are open to the public.


Rental Information

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Meeting Rooms, Event Spaces, Venues and Pavilions How To Reserve:

1. Fill out Rental Agreement Go online to www.kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-andrecreation. Select "Community Center" and follow links for online registration. OR Visit the direct link to our catalog at www.secure.rec1.com/GA/kennesawga/catalog 2. Check Room Availability Each rental option has a live online calendar to check open dates and times. Please contact our front desk staff with any questions. 3. Answer Rental Prompts Either online or on a paper form, answer the prompts such as estimated attendance, name of event, food present, choose a room configuration, etc. 4. Pay Rental Fees to Finalize Rentals The hourly rental rate is due up front for each rental. Cashier checks or money orders should be made payable to the "City of Kennesaw". Visa, American Express and MasterCard credit cards are accepted. Inclusion The City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department is committed to making all of our programs, facilities and services accessible to everyone. If you feel that you or your child may require special accommodation in order to participate, please let us know at the time of registration. We will work with you in order to provide safe and respectful accommodations. Facility Appearance The City of Kennesaw cannot guarantee that the rented space will have the same appearance as when originally viewed. Reservation Status A rental reservation is considered binding after the applicant has signed the Facility Rental Agreement and City personnel have approved it. Rental applicants may not advertise any event until this time. Rental Agreement Please visit our website for the full listing of agreements and policies for rentals. All details are listed in the description of each facility on our online catalog as well. Rental Minimum Rentals require a two (2) hour minimum rental time, except in the Conference Room that requires a one (1) hour minimum.

Hourly Rates:

Facility Usage Facilities may not be reserved more than one (1) year in advance. No facilities may be used for fundraising purposes without prior approval from the Parks & Recreation Director. Commercial solicitation and transactions are prohibited. The Parks & Recreation Director must approve requests for periodic, regularly recurring use of facilities. When facilities are not in use for scheduled activities and are available to the public for rent, then use of facilities is available on a first come, first serve basis. Parking Ample parking is available in the Ben Robertson Community Center parking lot on a first come, first serve basis. Parking permits are not required. City personnel do not direct traffic/parking. Accessible parking is available on the side and front of the building. Security Deposit All rental applicants must pay a security deposit. The deposit is refundable if, and only when, the facility is left clean and there is no damage to furnishings or equipment. If damage occurs and the cost of the damage exceeds the amount of the deposit, the rental applicant will be billed for any additional expense. Damages could lead to losing facility use privileges. The decision of whether the deposit shall be refunded is solely up to the Parks & Recreation Department and will not be refunded until City personnel have inspected the facility. Rental Fees All rental fees and security deposit are due at the time of application. Applicant and guests may be subject to eviction, loss of security deposit and additional rental fees up to twice the rental rate if event exceeds Rental End Time. Applicant may also lose facility use privileges.


Voted one of the top five places to take children in the Atlanta metro area, the 17acre property is rich with botanical, artistic and historic treasures. Features include koi ponds, bonsai collection, world-renowned artists’ sculptures, woodland and perennial gardens, gift shop and art gallery and so much more! New to the Gardens- science, art and nature kits for a self-guided tour at the Gardens or your own backyard. We invite you to experience firsthand the beauty and fascination of Smith-Gilbert Gardens!

Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM Website: smithgilbertgardens.com Email: info@smithgilbertgardens.com Phone: 770-919-0248

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The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, a prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations member, is a family-friendly destination devoted to trains, big and small. The Museum is home to the General, the locomotive stolen by Union spies in what came to be known as “The Great Locomotive Chase,” one of the most daring episodes of the Civil War. Also on display is an impressive collection of military artifacts, including two of the first Medals of Honor ever awarded, and objects that tell the personal story of the Civil War from the perspective of civilians and individuals that are often overlooked. The nation’s only full-scale reproduction of a belt-driven locomotive assembly line, including an office, pattern shop, factory equipment, and two locomotives in various stages of development, tells the story of manufacturing and trains in the South after the war. Visitors will also find Georgia’s ‘Merci’ Gratitude Boxcar, a gift of thanks from France for providing aid to their war-torn country following World War II. For little train enthusiasts, the 5,000 square foot education center is full of interactives and playsets for kids of all ages.

Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 AM to 5 PM Website: www.southernmuseum.org Phone: (770) 427-2117 The Southern Museum offers year-round programs and events, from the popular Mommy & Me weekly preschool program to our annual model-train extravaganza Trains, Trains, Trains held every January. For students, field trip options that meet Georgia state curriculum standards are tailored for age appropriateness and can be customized to meet specific requirements. We also bring the Museum to local schools with inclassroom outreach and a rentable education-traveling trunk. For researchers, the Museum library and archives contain over 3,000 linear feet of material available to view upon request. The Southern Museum is also the perfect venue to host private events, weddings, corporate gatherings, and children’s birthday parties. To learn more, visit: SouthernMuseum.org.

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2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SAT 5 SAT 6 SAT 27

JANUARY ANNUAL BOOK SWAP POSTPONED TO MAY 1 DROP OFF APRIL 29 & 30

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Ben Robertson Community Center

Adams Park

BUNNY BREAKFAST 8am & 10am

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GO SKATEBOARDING DAY 6PM-9PM Swift-Cantrell Skatepark

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MAY SAT 1

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Downtown Kennesaw The City of Kennesaw's pre-Independence Day celebration of freedom, music and fireworks is one of the biggest and best in North Georgia! Salute to America eventgoers will be treated to two stages of live music, festive street entertainment, food vendors and plenty of activities for the kids. Admission is FREE.

OUTDOOR MOVIE Activities begin at 6pm Movie after sundown Swift-Cantrell Park

BACKYARD CAMPOUT

5pm (overnight) to 9am Sunday morning Swift-Cantrell Park

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OUTDOOR MOVIE Activities begin at 6pm Movie after sundown Swift-Cantrell Park


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SAT 7 10am-1pm

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Ben Robertson Community Center

4pm-9pm Swift-Cantrell Park Kennesaw Parks & Recreation beckons area ghouls, ninjas, superheroes, princesses and more to "Spook-Central Park" for its annual Fall-O-Ween for an evening of FREE carnival games, trick or treating, children's amusements and costumed family-fun.

Friday: 6pm-10pm Saturday 10am-10pm Adams Park

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA 8am & 10am Ben Robertson Community Center

SANTA PARADE 2pm Main Street

HAUNTED BACKYARD CAMPOUT 5pm (overnight) to 9am Sunday morning Swift-Cantrell Park

ACTIVITIES 3pm-7pm Downtown Kennesaw Celebrate the holidays in Kennesaw! Santa's arrival begins at 8:00 am with breakfast at the community center, followed by a second seating at 10:00 am.

Next at 2:00 pm, you can catch him in a Main Street parade featuring marching bands, decorated floats, vintage cars, and colorfully-costumed characters.

The celebration continues from 3 - 7 pm with a holiday host of activities including FREE snow tubing, inflatables and amusements, kid's crafts, visits with Santa and stage

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entertainment. The lighting of the tree will occur at 6:00 pm.

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VETERANS LUNCHEON 12pm-2pm Ben Robertson Community Center

WINTER KICK OFF 5:30pm-7:30pm Ben Robertson Community Center

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HOLIDAY WRAP UP 2pm-8pm Ben Robertson Community Center


How to Get Involved

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Kennesaw Parks & Recreation seeks willing hearts and helping hands to assist with a variety of special events, programs and community service projects throughout the year including: Salute to America, Pigs & Peaches, Fall-O-Ween, A Day with Santa and more! We invite you to explore our list of volunteer opportunities and sign up for a volunteer shift under Special Events then Volunteer Opportunities on the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Website.

Sponsors Kennesaw Parks & Recreation produces a variety of events throughout the year, which would not be possible without the support of local businesses and organizations. Unlike traditional forms of advertising, sponsorships allow businesses, large and small, to be associated with providing quality event experiences to the community and reach a wide target demographic.

Vendors The City of Kennesaw invites vendors to sell items such as food, beverages and general merchandise at select community events including; Touch-A-Truck, Outdoor Movies, Salute to America, Pigs & Peaches and A Day with Santa.

Sponsorship fees and benefits vary depending on the size and scope of the event. Sponsor benefits may include: - On-site Booth Space - Event Day Announcements - Name/Logo on Marketing Materials - Signage Opportunities - Cross Promotional Opportunities - Presenting Naming Rights - Category Exclusivity - And More! Kennesaw Parks & Recreation welcomes both financial and in-kind support. We will work with you to develop a sponsorship package that meets your marketing goals.

For more information about volunteer, sponsor and vending opportunities, please call (770) 422-9714 or email kennesawparksandrecdept@kennesaw-ga.gov


Youth & Teen Camps Camps

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Have an extraordinary camp experience close to home! The City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department takes pride in providing safe, healthy and fun opportunities for kids to keep active all year including weeklong summer day camps, actionpacked sports camps, and unique specialty camps. We follow the Cobb County School District calendar and offer camps almost every break.

We offer the following types of camps:

Kennesaw All-Star Summer Day Camp Kennesaw All-Star School Break Camps British Soccer Camp Camp Chef Dance Camp Fine Arts Camp Gymnastics Camp Lego Camp Pottery Camp STEAM Camp Tennis Camp Stage Play Camps The types of camps offered will vary each season.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Gymnastics themed birthday party packages are offered on select Saturdays at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Parties include one hour of structured activities and one hour in a party room. Parties must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and are limited to a maximum of 15 children. To schedule a party, call the Ben Robertson Community Center during regular office hours (Mon. - Fri. from 8AM - 5 PM). Fees are due at the time of registration. All children attending the party will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability form (provided at the time of registration) on the day of the party or they will be unable to participate. Only the child's parent or legal guardian may sign the form. A gymnastics coach will contact you at least one week before your scheduled party to discuss details. For more information, call (770) 422-9714 or visit our online catalog at secure.rec1.com/GA/kennesaw-ga/catalog.


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Youth & Teen Programs

Arts & Crafts CAREGIVER & ME POTTERY Expose your little one to the arts. Caregiver and child work together to hand build a clay project you can both treasure forever. CLAY FOR KIDS Kids will explore basic hand building techniques using the pinch, slab, and coil methods.

LITTLE DRAGONS TAEKWON-DO This class is designed to help younger people develop self-control, balance, and perseverance in a fun and safe environment. Mr. Omar Welch is the Head Instructor and has been teaching TaekwonDo in Kennesaw for almost 10 years. Mr. Welch is a certified instructor that has focused on helping young people reach their full potential. All classes are rooted in traditional Taekwon-Do training, NO WEAPONS.

YOUTH POTTERY Kids are encouraged to explore and express their creativity in this class designed to teach hand building techniques using the pinch, slab, and coil methods. Each student will also have the opportunity to use the pottery wheel.

Fitness & Health

BALANCED RUNNING Our Running Development Program is designed for runners/walkers of all abilities. Regardless of your goal, everything from enhancing your health and fitness to completing your first or fastest 5k to half marathon. Our cadre of experienced and certified coaches are here to help you uncover your athletic talents and reach your goals. We don’t just hit the pavement: our program includes strength and stability training to help you develop as a complete athlete. As the only RRCA certified training club in Kennesaw, consider us your official Grand Prix training partner.

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GYMNASTICS Kennesaw Gymnastics offers a small town, family atmosphere where children will be challenged and set up for success. Kennesaw Gymnastics offers classes for boys and girls including parkour, gymnastics, camps, and parties to every skill level starting from ages 2 through high school. The gymnastics program has an excellent and knowledgeable staff that will love your child and make them feel right at home. All of the competitive team coaches are USA certified coaches. Check out a class with Kennesaw Gymnastics!

SWIFT KIDS RUNNING PROGRAM This program is a fun, flexible running program designed to get kids in the community active! The mission of Swift Kids is to promote a healthy, active lifestyle to the Kennesaw youth through a running based program.


Youth & Teen Programs Fitness & Health

QIGONG/TAI CHI Let's learn Tai Chi together and maintain your general health! Join us and discover how to cultivate and store Qi (the vital energy), improve balance, and reduce level of stress, and bring a creative awakening in a fun group environment. Qigong is self - healing and Tai Chi is widely acknowledged. It is a low- impact and mostly slow-motion movement, based on Yin 7 Yang philosophy, self-defense techniques, and traditional Chinese medical theories.

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MISS GAIL MUSIC Join Miss Gail (of Miss Gail and the Jumpin' Jam Band) for a fun 45-minute weekly immersive learning experience! Children's brains are ready to learn the 'language' of music between birth and age four. Help your child make brain connections for rhythm, pitch, and moving 'musically' to prepare them for a life-long love of music EVEN if you do not consider yourself musical! This class is very interactive and geared to meet your child at their developmental level. With caregiver/parent and mixed age format, siblings can come together for a fun and interactive class!

Performing Arts

TENNIS Our tennis program includes classes for kids 3+ and adults of all abilities. No matter what your skill or fitness level, we have a class that will teach you new tennis skills, positioning, rules, and scoring. Participants will develop confidence in their ability as they succeed on the court.

General Interest BIZ KIDZ Aspiring Kidpreneurs will learn how to launch a small business. From brainstorming a business idea, creating a vision board, developing marketing infomercials, and managing money, workshop participants will engage in a variety of fun business development activities.

GREAT GIG DANCE CO. - BALLET & TAP For your energetic and expressive young dancer! This class will focus on Ballet (the foundation of all dance), Tap (to utilize musicality and rhythm while developing coordination), and Creative Movement (to stimulate imagination and promote creativity). We keep it exciting and interesting by using fun, age-appropriate music with an established curriculum taught by professional instructors. To showcase what they’ve learned dancers will perform for family and friends at the end of the season. GREAT GIG DANCE CO. HIP HOP CLASS Rhythm, energy, confidence and style- that’s what hip-hop dance is all about. Come learn challenging steps and choreography as you connect with other dancers and have fun! This energetic and vibrant class will not only teach movement and technique, but also help to instill rhythm and precision in the dancer’s muscle memory. Our professional instructors will use pre-screened and edited music and teach age-appropriate movements. WHITE DIAMONDS DANCE TEAM The White Diamonds Dance Team is a majorette style dance team that incorporates Hip-Hop, Jazz, lyrical, and step routines. Participants will learn the art of historically black colleges and university dance team styles in a positive environment that encourages selfconfidence. This team is ideal for dancers who enjoy fast-paced moves. Music used during class and performances will be pre-screened and edited, and movements will be age-appropriate. Get ready to shine bright like a diamond!


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Adult Programs

Arts & Crafts

PAINTING & DRAWING WITH JESSICA GEIST Students can expect to learn/improve upon techniques for creating depth and realism as well as color theory and color mixing. Individual guidance will be provided as you work from a source of your own choosing in a large well-ventilated Art Lab with colorcorrected lighting and friendly supportive classmates! POTTERY: HAND BUILDING & WHEEL Clay is a versatile material that can be used to produce ornate objects or functional pieces. Learn the coil, pinch, and slab methods of hand building, and when you’ve got the basics down, move on to wheel techniques. OPEN STUDIO POTTERY During open studio, students who are currently enrolled in a pottery class offered by Kennesaw Parks & Recreation are welcome to drop by the Ceramic Studio to use the space and equipment as noninstructional time for working on pottery projects. Availability is based on the open hours of the Ceramic Studio. Call (770) 422-9714 for more information.

BSD TAEKWON-DO This class is designed to teach students, both children and adult, traditional Taekwon-Do. Beginner and experienced students are welcome in this class. In addition to learning an effective form of selfdefense, students will develop balance along with focus, self-control and self-esteem. The techniques taught will help improve hand-eye coordination and confidence. Students in this class range from 10th Gup Low White Belts through Black Belts. Students can eventually earn their Black Belt. All training in this class will follow a syllabus accepted by the United States Taekwon-Do Federation. PRACTICAL KARATE A fun workout, with a purpose. Learn traditional Karate in the Tang Soo Do style. This class balances karate techniques with real world self-defense applications. You can progress towards and earn a Black Belt certification, but the emphasis is on growth and self-improvement, not combative training. Class is conducted in an all-inclusive learning environment, not a competitive environment.

Fitness & Health BALANCED RUNNING - RUNNING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR RUNNERS AND WALKERS Want to get a head start on being active, staying healthy and in shape? Our Running Development Program is designed for runners/walkers of all abilities. Regardless of your goal, everything from enhancing your health and fitness to completing your first or fastest 5k to half marathon. Our cadre of experienced and certified coaches are here to help you uncover your athletic talents and reach your goals. We don’t just hit the pavement: our program includes strength and stability training to help you develop as a complete athlete. As the only RRCA certified training club in Kennesaw, consider us your official Grand Prix training partner.

QIGONG/TAI CHI Let's learn Tai Chi together and maintain your general health! Join us and discover how to cultivate and store Qi (the vital energy), improve balance, and reduce level of stress, and bring a creative awakening in a fun group environment. Qigong is self - healing and Tai Chi is widely acknowledged. It is a low- impact and mostly slow-motion movement, based on Yin 7 Yang philosophy, self-defense techniques, and traditional Chinese medical theories.


Adult Programs TENNIS Our tennis program includes classes for kids 3+ and adults of all abilities. No matter what your skill or fitness level, we have a class that will teach you new tennis skills, positioning, rules, and scoring. Participants will develop confidence in their ability as they succeed on the court.

Pet General Interest

DOG OBEDIENCE GROUP CLASS This Dog Obedience class will teach owners how to handle their pets in a public setting.

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General Interest Financial Workshop for Women This 5-week series is designed to improve the financial well-being of women by providing education on the key areas of personal finance and equipping them with tools and resources. In this class, you will learn about the five key areas of personal finance: Cash Flow and Net Worth, Investments, Insurance, Estate Planning, and Aging Issues. You will use the knowledge you gain to develop your own financial roadmap toward achieving the goals you desire and have more peace of mind and confidence in looking toward the future. Photography Basics Learn the basic skills and techniques of photography. This class is for beginning level photographers who want to improve their skills and understand the functions of their cameras. In this class, you will learn about equipment, exposure settings, composition, and how to save and process your images. Whether you use a point-and-shoot camera, DSLR, or a mirrorless camera, this course will guide your way to creating beautiful images.

Performing Arts SOUTHEAST ACTORS - ADULT ACTING FOR THE CAMERA Students will be given instructions in the craft of acting for film and television. All students will participate in each class. Class will cover camera awareness, expressions, emotions, and body language.

Contact Us

Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Ben Robertson Community Center 2753 Watts Drive Kennesaw, GA 30144 Office Hours Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM (770) 422-9714 kennesawparksandrecdept@kennesaw-ga.gov


20 Youth Sports Associations Depending on the season, your child can join a baseball, softball, or football team right here in Kennesaw. Recreational and competitive league sports are popular and lots of fun! League play is organized and directed by private, non-profit athletic associations. Online registration is available through the association websites. Registration for league play is not conducted through Kennesaw Parks & Recreation. For more information, contact the associations directly. Kennesaw Baseball/Softball Association The Kennesaw Baseball Softball Association (KBSA) offers competitive recreational leagues and travel teams all within our family-friendly atmosphere. Baseball leagues available for ages 3-18. Softball leagues available for ages 6-13+. Please visit their website for more information at www.kennesawbaseball.com

Kennesaw Mountain High School Football Kennesaw Mountain Football offers camps, competitive team registration, and flag football from middle school to high school ages. Please visit their website for more information at www.kmhsfootball.com

Imagine a playground that allows families to get up-close and personal with big trucks, heavy construction and public safety equipment, cool cars and specialty vehicles… that’s Touch-A-Truck! Have a blast watching your kids touch levers, flip switches, and shift gears that make their favorite vehicles whirl and rumble at this one-day-only “museum” of local transportation. Admission is FREE.

SATURDAY, MARCH 6 10 AM - 2 PM

ADAMS PARK Touch-A-Truck is an exciting and educational annual community event hosted by the City of Kennesaw’s Parks & Recreation, Public Works and Police Departments. If you or your company has a unique vehicle that you’d like to bring out, please contact our office at 770-422-9714.


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PIGS & PEACHES BBQ FESTIVAL 2021 CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF BBQ & MUSIC WITH US

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Registration Information How To Register:

1. Online Registration Go online to www.kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-andrecreation. Select "Recreation Programs" and follow links for online registration. OR Visit the direct link to our catalog at secure.rec1.com/GA/kennesawga/catalog. Search the catalog for desired programs and add them to cart. 2. Create an Account Provide information such as your name, name of parent or legal guardian if a child is being registered, date of birth, address, phone number, email, etc. 3. Check Out Answer prompts for disclosures and emergency contact information. 4. Complete Payment Activity fees are due at time of registration. Cashier checks or money orders should be made payable to the “City of Kennesaw”. Visa, American Express and MasterCard credit cards are accepted.

Inclusion The City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department is committed to making all of our programs, facilities, and services accessible to everyone. If you feel that you or your child may require special accommodations in order to participate, please let us know at the time of registration. We will work with you in order to provide safe and respectful accommodations.

Registration Deadline Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the maximum number of participants is reached, or seven days prior to the first activity date, unless otherwise stated. Priority Registration is available to Kennesaw City residents two weeks before registration is open to non-residents. Age Requirements Age requirements have been established to safely facilitate age-appropriate activities. Participants must be the appropriate age by the first day of the activity in order to register. Priority Registration Two weeks advanced registration is offered to Kennesaw city residents before registration is open to non-residents. Refund Policies • City of Kennesaw Parks and Recreation is committed to your satisfaction with our programs and classes. We are happy to accommodate transfers or refund requests whenever possible. • All refunds are subject to a $5 service fee. • Classes: all requests received prior to the start of the second class will be honored. No refunds thereafter. • Workshops: all requests prior to the start of the workshop will be honored. No refunds thereafter. • Camps: all requests prior to the start of camp, less a $30 service fee, will be refunded. No refunds thereafter. • Refunds are issued back to the card charged or by check request to the City of Kennesaw. This method will take 2-3 weeks for processing. • You may always opt for a credit to your account in lieu of a refund. • For additional information on registration policies, cancelation policies, and a full description of our resident vs. non-resident disclosure please visit our website at www.kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-and recreation/


Registration Information 23 Emergency Cancellations If an activity is unexpectedly canceled due to an emergency, the instructor will make every effort to contact participants and reschedule the activity.

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Inclement Weather Policy If inclement weather is in the forecast, outdoor activities may be canceled. Please call the City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714 or visit www.kennesaw-ga.gov/parks-andrecreation/ and our social media outlets for updates. When Cobb County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, all City of Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department activities will be canceled. Most major media sites are notified of Cobb County School District closings.

Resident vs Non-Resident You are considered a Kennesaw Resident if you live within the incorporated city limits. A Kennesaw postal address does not, in itself, determine residency. Contact our office at (770) 422-9714 with any questions or concerns. When will new activities be added? Check our catalog frequently for updates. All listings online are up to date and accurate with our current offerings. If I register after an activity has begun, do I pay the full amount or a reduced amount? Pro-rated classes are at the discretion of each instructor. Details are listed within each activity description. How can I contact an instructor with questions? Each activity will have the instructor contact information listed within its description. Please refer to the online catalog for activity information. Can I try out a single class? Please check the online catalog. Try-out classes are at the discretion of each instructor. How does the waitlist work? When spaces become available, participants on the waitlist will be contacted in the order of which they registered. Participants can only be added to the waitlist via the online catalog. Calling or emailing, in itself, does not add you to the waitlist. How do I know where to go once I arrive to the Community Center? Stop by the front desk and we will gladly direct you.

Contact Us

Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Ben Robertson Community Center 2753 Watts Drive Kennesaw, GA 30144 Office Hours Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM (770) 422-9714 kennesawparksandrecdept@kennesaw-ga.gov


COMING SOON! The Recreation Center at Adams Park

The Recreation Center is currently under construction at Adams Park, and we cannot wait to see it open! Upon completion, the 42,000 square foot Recreation Center will feature three basketball courts, a fitness room, a gymnastics center, two meeting rooms, and office space. Programs offered at the Recreation Center will include basketball, volleyball, and pickleball.


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