City of Kennesaw

Kennesaw News for June

TreeMendous Play Houses

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is pleased to open a new exhibition for Summer 2018, on June 30 with face painting and food vendors from 11-2. “TreeMendous Play Houses: Let your imagination climb” features a series of creative, interactive, outdoor play structures, designed and built by area students and professionals. Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the exhibition runs from Saturday, June 30, through the end of September, and is included in the price of garden admission.

TreeMendous Play Houses began in January 2018, as a design/build competition. Students and professionals were invited to submit fun outdoor play structure designs showcasing creative design and innovations in sustainability, while establishing an interactive connection with nature. The structures in the exhibition represent the fruits of these design efforts and many hours volunteered for construction. “We are excited to offer Smith-Gilbert Gardens as a new stage for creativity and thinking green,” said Ann Parsons, Executive Director. “This exhibit will capture the imagination of visitors of all ages!”

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a 16-acre public botanical garden owned by the City of Kennesaw. Our mission is to serve as a resource for conservation, education and the enjoyment of horticulture, fine arts and historic preservation. Through the TreeMendous Play Houses exhibition, we hope to begin a community conversation about sustainability in a fun, engaging and creative way.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is located on Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw.  Visit for more information.

Pictured above: Two KSU students framing “Under The Rainbow.’

Government 101 Class

The City Manager’s Office is proud to introduce a new class called “Government 101: Kennesaw Government Academy.” The 6-week course is scheduled to start July 2018 and is designed to provide an inside look at the day-to-day operations of the City, how it forms partnerships and how management approaches long-range planning.

The class is open to City of Kennesaw residents and business owners and is slated to begin July 17, 2018. Each week the class will focus on one of Kennesaw’s strategic priorities listed in its strategic plan. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning activities, network and hear updates from city staff.
Registration for the inaugural class is limited to the first 15 registrants. The class is open to adults ages 18 and over who are residents of the City of Kennesaw or are business owners within the city limits. Class will meet weekly at City Hall from 6:00-7:30 pm. The inaugural class will culminate with a graduation on August 28, 2018. Candidates running for office are ineligible to participate in the class.
To register, please download the application from the “What’s Current” section of the city website,, or call Miranda Jones at (770) 424-8274 ext. 3017.


The Bill Thrash Kennesaw Teen Center tells us they had a great turnout for their major fundraiser, the Dream Dash, on Saturday, June 16, 2018. This was a perfect event for the whole family.

The Kennesaw Teen Center hosts both an after school enrichment program and a summer program. It is run under the umbrella of the Kennesaw Dream Foundation which is chaired by Rev. John Harris of Thankful Baptist Church.
During the 2017/2018 school year the Teen Center partnered with Pine Mtn Middle school and rising 6th graders from Hayes Elementary school, with help from the KSU Volunteer Program.

The Kennesaw Teen Center is located at Thankful Baptist Church, 928 Due West Rd., Kennesaw. They are currently accepting enrollment in their summer program and if you are interested in attending you need to contact
For more information about the Kennesaw Dream Foundation and how you might become a sponsor contact Rev. John Harris at

Farmer’s Market & Dinner at the Depot

The Farmer’s Market & Dinner at the Depot are on Monday evenings at the Depot. The season will go until September 24th with no events on the week of July 4th or Labor Day. The Farmer’s market will offer a variety of fresh vegetables & fruits, baked goods, prepared goods, jams & jellies, locally produced honey and more! The market will be in the circle this season with the food trucks. Some vendors require cash but many take debit/credit cards. Hours for FM are 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Dinner at the Depot will start at 5:30 pm and go until 8:30 pm. A variety of food trucks will be rotating throughout the season. Food trucks take cash, credit and debit cards.There are tables and chairs for guests on site or they are welcome to bring their own chairs and picnic blankets.

Go Skateboarding Day – June 21

goskateposter1Kennesaw Parks & Recreation and Ambush Board Company are partnering to host Go Skateboarding Day on Sunday, June 21 from noon to 4 pm at Kennesaw Skatepark.

Local rippers, veteran shredders, and spectators are invited to help celebrate the official holiday of skateboarding, Go Skateboarding Day, held every year on June 21. The free, public event this Sunday from 12 – 4 pm at Kennesaw Skatepark will feature open skate sessions, contests with cool prizes, giveaways, games, music, and food vending. Winners of a father-son and father-daughter best trick contest will be awarded a pair of $50 Ambush gift cards and two skateboard decks; and winners of the best trick contest on the skatepark’s impact section will receive a $100 Ambush gift card and skateboard deck. Pre-registration is not required to enter the contests.

Kennesaw Skatepark is located inside Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway in Kennesaw. For more information, visit or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at (770) 422-9714.


generallocomotiveClimb aboard the General during Southern Museum’s ‘Museum Night’ The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History is celebrating its 10th birthday with an evening of family-friendly activities aimed at offering visitors a unique look at the museum and its exhibits. The inaugural Museum Night: Trains, Planes and Cars, scheduled for 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, will feature an evening of family- and history-centered activities in addition to providing visitors an up-close look at museum artifacts. During the event, guests will have the rare opportunity to climb aboard the General locomotive made famous during the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase. Visitors can also explore the entire museum, see vintage automobiles, participate in interactive games and handle select artifacts – under curatorial supervision – normally off limits to museum attendees. Additional activities during Museum Night include slot cars, an airplane competition and a railroad camp. The museum will also have an operating model railroad layout and a pair of antique vehicles on display – a 1940 Packard and a 1955 Chevrolet. Admission for Museum Night is $10 for adult museum members, $15 for adult non-members and $7 for children between the ages of 4 and 12. Museum members can purchase a family pack of tickets (for two adults and up to four children) for $25; the family pack is $35 for non-members. To purchase tickets, call (770) 427-2117 For more information, visit or follow the museum at  Event will be held rain or shine – a great family, fun night!!

Gun Safety Class

fp.ncThe Kennesaw Police Department is sponsoring a Gun Safety Class on Saturday, March 9th, from 10am till 12 noon at the Ben Robertson Community Center located at 2753 Watts Drive. Members of the Kennesaw Police Department will be on hand to provide the attendees with the basic knowledge necessary to own a firearm. The agenda will consist of information reference Basic Firearms Safety and Georgia Gun Laws. Free gun locks will also be available while supplies last.
Please do not bring any firearms or weapons to the class.
To register for the class please go to the city website, and click on the link for the Gun Safety Program or
For additional information contact Lt. Graydon 770-429-4533 email

Kennesaw Skatepark – Construction to Begin


Ground breaking on the first phase of the Kennesaw Skatepark in Swift-Cantrell Park will take place on Thursday, January 10 at 11 a.m., according to project leader and Assistant City Manager Jeff Drobney. The facility will be the first ever permanent skate park to feature elements modeled on a competitive street skate park plaza design. It will be capable of hosting large and small size skateboarding events. The first phase will consist of two projects: the skatepark plaza, and additional parking, lighting and restrooms at Swift-Cantrell Park. The flow course and bowl will be built during the second phase for which fund raising is in progress.

“We’re excited that construction on this long-anticipated project is beginning,” said Mayor Mark Mathews.  “Representatives from our two keys partners on the project, the SITE Design Group and contractor California Skateparks, will be on hand to mark the occasion.” The design provides elements for skateboarders of all skill levels. Spectators will be able to view the activities in a family-friendly setting for free.

The estimated total project cost, including both phases, is $1.8 million; $1.4 million was approved by voters as part of the 2011 SPLOST and the remainder will come from corporate or private donations or grants, not the city’s general fund.  The Phase I estimated construction time is six months.  Phase II will begin as soon as funding is secured.