Kennesaw Council members gave permission Monday for the first ever backyard campout event.
David Pies, Recreation Division manager, said the Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with local Boy Scout Troop 002 to host the event at Swift-Cantrell Park on May 4-5. Activities include outdoor games, nature crafts, camping equipment demonstrations, songs, storytelling, an outdoor movie and marshmallow roasting.
The movie “Brave” will be open to visitors and overnight campers, Pies said. People who attend the movie at 9 p.m. will also be able to experience the games and demonstrations. Scouts will provide breakfast for overnight campers, Pies said.
It’s a family event in support of a national “Be Out There” campaign that encourages kids to experience outdoors and be in touch with nature, Pies said.
Registration opened Monday through the Kennesaw city’s government website under the Parks and Recreation Department, and spots are limited.
Registration for each campsite is $10, which will go toward providing city personnel for the event.
The park can accommodate 40 campsites with tents. RVs are not permitted.
“I think this will be a sell-out event,” Pies said. He expects hundreds of attendees.
Property to be developed
The council authorized the Keep Kennesaw Beautiful committee and Smith-Gilbert Gardens to begin developing property near the Towne Manor subdivision for a community garden.
The committee will coordinate with Smith-Gilbert Gardens on techniques and how the space might best be used for the community. The garden would be open to anyone.
Council members also welcomed the new Kennesaw State University head football coach Brian Bohannon and athletic director Vaughn Williams.
Both expressed excitement over the football program, Kennesaw and Cobb County.
The athletic department is in the process of hiring staff, will begin recruiting this year and will have their first football practice in the fall of 2014, Bohannon said.
Confederate History Month
City officials declared April as Confederate History Month and encouraged residents to learn about Cobb County’s role in the Civil War.
The Kennesaw City Council will meet April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.
Track or Treat
The council approved throwing a “Track or Treat” event on behalf of the YWCA and in conjunction with Fit City Kennesaw.
The city will co-sponsor the event, set for Sunday, Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m. at Swift-Cantrell Park.
The event consists of a quarter-mile run for children 4 to 6 years old, a half-mile for ages 7 to 9 years old and a mile for kids 10 to 14 years old.
There also will be a mile skirt run for men, and participants are encouraged to wear costumes.
Registration will be available at a later time.