Trenton City Hall: 2800 Third St. Trenton, MI 48183 | Phone: (734) 675-6500 Fax: (734) 675-4088



There has been a lot of excitement brewing when it comes to trails in the downriver area in recent years. The Trenton Parks and Recreation Department, along with the Healthy Trenton Coalition, has been ramping up its efforts to jump on board the trail movement and has made it a high priority.

Now that our Trail Connector along W. Jefferson is complete with an official dedication taking place in June, the next question to tackle is "how to capitalize on the trail network for community and economic development?" The answer - Trenton's Trail Town Initiative. Check out our Trail Town Master Plan. If you are interested in learning more about it or becoming a member of the advisory committee, please contact Joann Gonyea, Director at 734-675-7300.


Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Trenton Parks and Recreation recently updated the department's 5-year Master Plan. This important document serves as a guide for the department to use when making decisions about future program and facility planning.

The plan was developed under the guidelines set for by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for the development of Community Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenways Plans.

The plan is divided into eight sections:

  1. Community Description
  2. Administrative Structure
  3. Inventory of Facilities and Programs
  4. Description of Planning Process
  5. Basis for Action Plan
  6. Strategic Plan & Future Goals & Objectives
  7. Action Plan
  8. Plan Adoption

A review and update of community data and demographics were completed. Public input was solicited through focus groups and a random community survey. The results were tabulated and the data, along with community information, was analyzed by administrative staff and the Recreation Commission to develop goals and objectives and the action plan.

A reoccurring trend for health and wellness was seen from public input. When asked to rank items for future consideration, five out of the top ten items had a health and wellness focus, including waterfront development for public use, health and fitness facilities, more walking/biking trails/paths, indoor track, and preservation of open space. This validates the department's current direction and need to expand resources through partnerships and collaborations.

Eight strategic goals, have been identified:

  1. Foster Human Development by Expanding Diversified Recreation Opportunities.
  2. Promote an active community through health and wellness.
  3. Efficiently utilize resources and demonstrate fiscal responsibility.
  4. Protect environmental resources.
  5. Develop and cultivate partnerships.
  6. Be stewards of public resources and upgrade existing facilities.
  7. Continue the planning process
  8. Improve marketing and communication.

As a result of the planning process a list of capital projects were identified. Each item was tied to a department goal and or key trend that was identified in the department's strategic plan.

Click Here to download the master plan.

Click Here to take the Master Plan Survey

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Dept. Contacts

  • Director
    Joann Gonyea, CPRP
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Business Ops. Manager
    Tim Beaker
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Facilities Ops. Coordinator
    Nick Taurence
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Senior Citizen Coordinator
    Carol Garrison
    Phone: (734) 675-0063
  • Program Coordinator
    Hannah Wojtala
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Administrative
    Melissa Pruitt
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Assistant
    Kristy Olszewski
    Phone: (734) 675-7300