Public parks, sports and recreation in Roswell
The City of Roswell’s Recreation and Parks Department operates 18 public parks in Roswell that contain 800 acres of land. The Recreation and Parks Department also sponsors more than 25 sports programs including baseball, football, soccer, swimming, tennis, basketball and lacrosse, as well as arts programs that involve creative crafts and music. The Roswell Galaxy soccer team and the Teen League basketball teams are two of the most popular Recreation and Parks Department sports programs.
Located in the heart of Roswell, the 79-acre Roswell Area Park contains a swimming pool that costs $5 per day to use or is free with membership, a Visual Arts Center, a Community Activity Building, and a Physical Activity Center with 2 gymnasiums and an indoor running track. Roswell Area Park also has an art gallery, a photography darkroom, a clay studio with 3 kilns, 4 dance studios, 5 classrooms, baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, a sculpture garden, a children's garden, a playground, and paths for running and walking.
Public festivals in Roswell that provide recreation for people of all ages include Roswell Roots, an annual celebration of African-American history and culture that is held during February; the Roswell Criterium Bicycle Race and the Historic Roswell Kiwanis Kids Bike Safety Rodeo that occur during May; the Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony, which is the largest Memorial Day Ceremony in Georgia; the Roswell Magnolia Storytelling Festival in June; the Riverside Sounds Concert Series from May through October; the Roswell Youth Day Parade and Festival in October; and the Keep Roswell Beautiful Duck Race, which is also held in October.
Privately owned recreation facilities in Roswell
The Chattahoochee Nature Center at 9135 Willeo Road, (770) 992-2055, is a private non-profit environmental education facility situated on a 127-acre nature preserve adjacent to the Chattahoochee River in Roswell. The Chattahoochee Nature Center offers a wide variety of fun and educational programs for families and children including day camps, guided nature walks, Animal Encounters, Family Canoe Days and Family Campouts.
The Atlanta Rowing Club is a non-profit masters rowing club located at 1123 Azelea Drive in Roswell and it is the only club in the Atlanta area for rowers who are older than college age. The Atlanta Rowing Club, (770) 993-1879, offers three 4-week long Learn- to-Row classes each year plus a National Learn-to-Row day where people can try rowing for one day at no cost.
Startime Entertainment Center at 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, (770) 993-5411, provides fun for the whole family with arcade video games, billiard tables, and the Funny Farm Comedy Club where famous comedians often perform.
The Andretti Speed Lab is an entertainment complex featuring rock climbing simulators with a ropes course, high performance carts, a video arcade, a restaurant and a sports bar. The Andretti Speed Lab is located at 11000 Alpharetta Highway in Roswell, (770) 992-5688.