Camp McDonald Park is a non-profit volunteer organization formed in 2010 and made up of
individuals at every level of Cobb County society who share the dream of a park
in the heart of downtown Kennesaw.
The park site,
7 ½ acres located across from Kennesaw City Hall and fronting on Watts Drive and Main Street,
was purchased by Cobb County with park bond revenue for the purpose of creating a passive
park. This location, adjacent to historic natural springs, has a multi-faceted history
including being used as a regional meeting point for Indian tribes and later serving as
Camp McDonald, a Civil War Confederate Army training camp. Since Camp McDonald consisted
primarily of tents and temporary structures there is little trace of its physical existence
today, but the voices of those who served there still whisper and move us forward to serve a cause
greater than ourselves. Such a cause will be the completed Camp McDonald Park; a place of meetings
and celebrations, teachings and reunions, relaxation and moments of ease in the center
of downtown Kennesaw. The site also provides greenspace, natural habitats and drainage to the surrounding community.
Friends of Camp McDonald Park is working closely with the Cobb County Parks, Recreation,
Cultural Affairs Department to help bring this dream
to reality. We can use your help! If you would like to volunteer with Friends
of Camp McDonald Park or make a donation we would love to hear from you.
Each effort you make brings us closer to realizing the vision of the new
Camp McDonald Park.
- Appealed to elected officials to name Camp McDonald Park.
- Raised funding of $5,950.00 for Camp McDonald Park Master Plan.
- Previewed Camp McDonald Park property during 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival.
- One of 100 finalists competing for $25,000 in the This Place Matters Community Challenge from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
- Hosted Clean Up of Camp McDonald Park property during October, 2012.
- Logged 1,079 Volunteer hours to date!
- Hosted Civil War History of Camp McDonald lecture given by Michael K. Shaffer.
- Participated in 'A Day of Remembering' and 'Wreaths Across America' at Old Marietta Confederate Cemetery.
- Embraced Coosa River Basin Initiative's desire to facilitate a Stream Restoration Project.
- Worked with Kennesaw State University Community Partnership Writing Group.
Michael K. Shaffer
Friends of Camp McDonald Park Civil War Consultant
Michael is the Assistant Director of Kennesaw State University’s Civil War Center, a Civil War historian, newspaper columnist, and author of 'Washington County, Virginia in the Civil War.' He remains a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the Civil War Western Theater, Georgia Association of Historians, and serves on the boards of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County and the River Line Historic Area. In addition, he assists the Friends of Camp McDonald as a Civil War consultant.
Aerial View of Camp McDonald Park