Acworth Parks and Recreation

 
4361 Cherokee Street | Acworth, GA 30101 | Office: 770-917-1234 | Fax: 770-966-7891
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM


      

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ACWORTHY HAPPENINGS

 


ACWORTH COACH HONORED DURING WORLD SERIES

The Horizon League’s own Coach Casey Weatherford won tickets to Game 2 of the World Series from Day’s Chevrolet for his service to this program which provides children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in athletic events. The coach was touched and surprised by this honor, but the surprises kept coming at the game where he was award Chevrolet’s Youth Coach of the Year.  At the game in Houston, Chevy broadcasted a video featuring Casey’s story of love and dedication to the players in the Horizon League and then gave him the keys to a brand new truck! Casey was honored by the recognition, but was more appreciative of the opportunity to spread awareness of the Horizon League.


ACWORTH PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE NOW OPEN!

71965758_10157574645476575_8703131641951813632_nOn October 4th, 2019 the City of Acworth celebrated the grand opening of the new pedestrian bridge that connects Parkside to historic downtown. Residents and visitors alike may now safely cross over the railroad tracks while enjoying a bird’s eye view of our charming city. The bridge dedication began with words of reflections from Mayor Tommy Allegood and other community leaders, and the ribbon was cut to much applause. The crowd then counted down a lighting demonstration that displays their town’s name in lights. Acworth is now home to an attraction that not only provides the convenience of making our streets more walkable, but also adds beauty and visual interest to our downtown. As Acworth continues to grow, this bridge will serve as a landmark for all to see.


 

MOTHER-SON CAMP OUT 2019

IMG_20190914_160208058On Saturday, September 14, 150 mothers and sons enjoyed the fresh air and outdoor activities at this year’s Mother-Son Camp Out. Proctor Landing Park, located along the banks of beautiful Lake Allatoona, provided the perfect setting for moms and sons to learn about nature and sleep under the stars. Campers fished with hand-cut poles, took outdoor cooking lessons, and upcycled t-shirts to create reusable tote bags and even some superhero costumes! Boy Scouts of America Troop 116 were onsite to help families set up their campsites, teach the adventurers about nature and help them with all the activities throughout the day. Turning Proctor Landing into their own NASA headquarters, Troop 116 supplied instructions and materials for the boys to build their own paper rockets that they could then send soaring through the air with compressed air rocket launchers. Lessons in orienteering prepared campers to experience a night hike, and camping traditions like yard games and s’mores rounded out the evening. Everyone then overnighted in their own tents at the park.  

IMG_20190914_162810759_HDRAll this fun would not have been possible without the help of dedicated Acworth employees, community partners, and local businesses. Grill masters from NorthStar Church prepared hamburgers and hot dogs for the hungry campers, and sides from Bar-B-Cutie completed Saturday’s dinner. The following morning everyone emerged from their tents to enjoy breakfast casseroles from Cracker Barrel and donuts courtesy of Ingles. A weekend of mother-son outdoor bonding deserves a keepsake, and all campers were given a custom, reusable water bottle from Classic Impressions to take home to remember the experience. The Mother Son Camp Out serves as a great example of what extraordinary community partnerships and an appreciation of nature’s blessings can make happen in Acworth. This event will return next year. You won’t want to miss it!     



HORIZON BASEBALL LEAGUE OPENING DAY
               
IMG_20190907_125039973On Saturday, September 7, Horizon Field hosted the Fall 2019 Opening Day of the Horizon League Baseball Season. The teams beat the heat and enjoyed a day of baseball, teamwork, and fun! Over 200 athletes, beginning at age five and continuing into adulthood, participate in this program. Eighteen teams play in non-competitive games and every player on the roster gets on base before the opposing team gets to bat. Adult teams play on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Youth teams play on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Horizon League provides children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in athletic events and build lasting relationships among their teammates, coaches, and parents. By creating an environment of inclusion for both the participants and their families, this program demonstrates to the players and spectators alike that these athletes are an important part of their community. All of this would not be possible without the help and dedication of volunteers from local high schools, Kennesaw State University Athletics, churches, and charitable organizations. For volunteer information, contact Lauren Ham at lham@acworth.org
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Another exciting opportunity to support this program is to attend the first annual Covering the Bases Gala at the Tanyard Creek Overlook on November 14. This event will feature a fine dining experience, auction, live music, and more. Purchase tickets by November 1 to be eligible for free onsite childcare during the event. To purchase tickets or to become a sponsor visit coveringthebases.org 



Depot Park Now Open

depotparkDepot Park is an architectural replica of the original railroad depot which, for decades, brought commerce into Acworth, sent families off on their travels, and returned soldiers home from war. The Depot features static and electronic displays that tells Acworth's history. The electronic displays have 19 professionally-produced videos of Acworth's history, more than 50 oral histories of long time Acworth residents, and a display that will feature hundreds of special and unique photographs of Acworth. The static displays include storyboards that tell the history of Acworth in written form and a display case. The facility is open from 8:00 AM-8:00 PM every day and free to the public.

For more history visit The Inspiring Story of Acworth Depot Park