For four hours, Swift-Cantrell Park, about a mile east of downtown Kennesaw, will be open to everyone who wants to play.
There will be soccer balls, a rock climbing wall, an obstacle course, tetherballs and other sports equipment free for those who want to use them.
The event is in conjunction with Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, which was a day filled with games, sports and music in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, N.Y. last Saturday that encouraged children to unplug from technology and get active outside.
Cities like Kennesaw are playing host to their own days of play, encouraging kids to get more active.
This past March, Cobb County was listed as the 6th healthiest county in Georgia, according to a study done by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, but over half of adults in the county are obese, according to Cobb 2020, an organization that promotes healthy lifestyles and better access to health services in Cobb County.
In Cobb County, 58 percent of adults and 36 percent of children are overweight or obese, said Jay Dillon, chairman of Cobb 2020.
“Active and inclusive events such as the Worldwide Day of Play at Swift-Cantrell Park is exactly what we need to get the community engaged in our efforts to make Cobb a healthier place to live,” said Dr. Jack Kennedy, the vice chair of Cobb 2020 and the district health director for Cobb-Douglas Public Health.
David Pies, the recreation division manager for the city of Kennesaw, is excited for the morning, which is entirely devoted to playing. Participants can choose from a number of games, including hula-hooping, zumba, golfing and gymnastics.
Adults are encouraged to join in the playing, and Pies is expected to make an appearance on the volleyball court, he said.
The event’s sponsors include WellStar Health System, Ryan Family Chiropractic, Jim Tidwell Ford and Jimmy John’s, which will provide free samples of sub sandwiches, Pies said.
Kennesaw held its first day of play last year, which drew more than 500 parents and kids to the park, Pies said, and the city is expecting to see even more people participate this year.