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


All programs, events, dates, times and fees appearing on this website are scheduled in advance and may be subject to change.




Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Time: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Trenton Cultural Center

Are you looking for some back to school fun, delicious food & locally made items? Then head on over to the Trenton Cultural! We will have kid's activities, delicious food, and local vendors selling an array of food items and handcrafted creations. So come join us for this summer sendoff event at the Trenton Cultural Center.


The Trenton Parks and Recreation Department has decided to cancel the 2018 Dog Days of Summer Swim at the Kennedy Aquatic Center due to the outbreak of Canine Influenza located in Southeastern Michigan.

Canine Influenza is a respiratory infection that dogs can get after being exposed to the virus. They can be exposed by sniffing or licking dogs who have the virus, by sharing water or food bowls with those dogs, or by being around sick dogs who are coughing or sneezing. Canine influenza can be prevented with a vaccine. Visit your local veterinarian for more information.

The Dog Days of Summer Swim will not be gone forever! Keep watch as we will announce the Dog Days of Summer Swim in our 2019 Buzz Magazine!

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation,
Trenton Parks and Recreation Department

Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Elizabeth Park
Car Registration: Begins Monday, July 16 at 8:30 a.m. Call (734) 676-7172 to register!

Turn back the hands of time in historic Elizabeth Park and recapture the essence of the Park as it was in years gone by through old time entertainment, old fashioned games, bake sale, children's area and a Vintage Inspired Arts and Crafts Market. Reminisce about yesteryear as you cruise the Detroit River aboard the "Diamond Belle" Riverboat. Stroll down memory lane while taking a leisurely walk through automotive time featuring antique and classic cars dating back to the Model T. Celebrate this carefree, bygone era. It's a history lesson worth living. Sponsored in cooperation with Wayne County Parks.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Trenton Cultural Center
Fees: Pony Rides & Face Painting $3.00, S'mores $1.00

Kick off the Halloween season with a fun-filled day of fab foods, activities, face painting, pony rides, spectacular bonfire, scavenger hunt and more! Our very own Trenton Firefighters and firetruck will also be on-site! This family friendly event is great for all ages. Come dressed in your favorite costume to welcome the Halloween season! Sponsored by Trenton Firefighter Charities.

Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018
Time: TBD
Location: Kennedy Recreation Center
Costumed Skaters Fee: $2.00 admission
Non-costumed Fee: (Resident) $4.00 Child, $5.00 Adult | (Non-Resident) $5.00 Child, $6.00 Adult

Join the ghost and goblins for the 15th Annual Scary Skate for all ages. It's an evening of fun games and more! Wear your costume, grab some skates and bring a bag to collect treats. You're going to have a goblin-good time. Call (734) 676-7172 for more information!

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: TBD
Location: Kennedy Recreation Center
Fee: (Resident) $4.00 Child, $5.00 Adult | (Non-Resident) $5.00 Child, $6.00 Adult
Bring a canned good for the Trenton Food Pantry and receive a $1.00 discount off admission!

Gobble, gobble, gobble. . .Trot over to the Kennedy Recreation Center for the Turkey Skate! A variety of fun activities will be scheduled to keep you trotting. There will be open skating, turkey trot races, a turkey shoot and more fowl fun for all ages! For more event info, contact KRC office (734) 676-7172


The Stuff the Sleigh promotion will run through the Christmas Skating Exhibition. From November 17 to December 22, we will be accepting nonperishable food to stuff Santa's Sleigh located in the lobby of the Kennedy Recreation Center. All donations will be taken to the Trenton Food Pantry.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Trenton
Registration Begins: Monday, October 22, 2018
Registration Ends: Friday, November 16, 2018

The Trenton Civic Commission and Parks and Recreation have once again teamed up to kick-off the holiday season in a big way with the annual "Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony." Stroll downtown and welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Trenton. The downtown streets will be all aglow with hand-held candles illuminating the parade route. The Parade begins at 6 p.m. Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, all are invited to Trenton City Hall for the Parade afterglow and awards.

Location: Trenton Cultural Center
Fee: $15.00 per person (limit 20 guests per tea)
Registration: Begins Monday, September 17, 2018

Guests will enjoy tea, scones, soup, tea sandwiches and sweets. The teas are set in a festive, fine setting, and make for a memorable holiday tradition! Please bring a list with your guests first & last name to the Kennedy Recreation Center. Call in advance (734) 675-7300 for availability or check online for available openings.


Tuesday, December 4 | 2-4pm

Available Openings: 20

Wednesday, December 5 | 2-4pm

Available Openings: 20

Thursday, December 6 | 6-8pm

Available Openings: 20

Tuesday, December 11 | 2-4pm

Available Openings: 20

Wednesday, December 12 | 2-4pm

Available Openings: 20

Thursday, December 13 | 6-8pm

Available Openings: 20


December 8, 2018 | 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Santa and his live reindeer will be flying in from the North Pole to our very own Cultural Center! Bring the family for magical Christmas memories that will last a lifetime!


December 8, 9 & 15, 2018 | 1:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Santa will be visiting the Trenton Cultural Center! Bring your camera and while you're there, make sure to play the Christmas Scavenger Hunt! All are welcome!


December 15, 2018 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom will return again this year! Experience this live holiday petting zoo featuring animals of all shapes and sizes. Whispering Pines provides an amazing animal adventure sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Visit Trenton's historic firehouse, explore the trucks, experience a working fire station, and of course see Santa! Contact Fire Station 1 for more info (734) 676-1314.

Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018
Time: TBD
Location: Kennedy Recreation Center
Santa Skate Fee: (Resident) $4.00 Child, $5.00 Adult | (Non-Resident) $5.00 Child, $6.00 Adult
Skate Exhibition Fee: FREE

Enjoy an entertaining afternoon of skating performed by our Recreation Figure Skaters! Skaters will perform solo, duo and group features as a special holiday gift to you. Bring your skates along for a Skate with Santa following the exhibition! For more info, call (734) 676-7172. Make this event a part of your holiday tradition.

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 10:00pm
Location: Chateau on the River, Elizabeth Park
Fee: $25.00 per person. Tickets go on sale December 10, 2018 and must be purchased in-house at the Kennedy Recreation Center. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door, day of the event.

Nomination Form: Click to view & print
Submit Nominations by: November 30, 2018

Annually, the Trenton Civic Commission recognizes outstanding Trenton citizens for their contribution to our community. Awards are bestowed at the annual City Award's Banquet. This year's event will be held at the beautifully restored, Chateau on the River, located in Elizabeth Park. A variety of award categories are available. The Trenton Civic Commission invites you to nominate residents worthy of such honors. The award categories include: Trentonite of the Year, Good Neighbor of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Woman and Man, Outstanding Trenton Youth and Charlie Brown, which recognizes an individual that has contributed their time and energy to benefit the young athletes of our community.


Date: Thursday, January 31 - Sunday, February 2, 2019
Location: Kennedy Recreation Center
1 Day Fee: Adults $6.00, Seniors & Students: $5.00
3 Day Fee: Adults $10.00, Seniors & Students: $8.00
On-Site Parking Fee: $3.00 or $8.00 unlimited

*Active duty military personnel and their families will receive free admission with uniform and military I.D.

Get Ready! The City of Trenton and the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League will be combining efforts for the 18th consecutive year to bring you the 19th Annual MIHL Prep Hockey Showcase. The Top 42 High School Hockey Teams in the Mid-West including teams from Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana will show what hockey is all about.

Over three days, each team will play two games and showcase their talents in front of the best professional, college and junior hockey scouts. This event is possible by tremendous community support and we are always looking to add to our volunteer base. Call (734) 676-7172 for more information.

Date: Monday, February 11 or Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Westfield Center
Age Requirement: 3+
Fee: $7 per person ($10 non-resident)

Beads, dancing, and lots of fun! This Mardi Gras Ball will be second to none! The night will be made complete with light refreshments, special photo and commemorative party favor. It all takes place at the Westfield Center!



Monday, February 11 
Tuesday, February 12 

Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Westfield Center
Age Requirement: 3+
Fee: $7 per person ($10 non-resident)



Be epic! Defeating villains is just one part of a superhero's daily job. Grab your Mom, Aunt, or Grandmother, your favorite superhero costume, and join us for a night of fun at the Westfield Center. You never know what special Hometown Hero might show up! The night will be made complete with light refreshments, special photo, and commemorative party favor.


Dept. Contacts

  • Director
    Joann Gonyea, CPRP
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Business Ops. Manager
    Tim Beaker
    Phone: (734) 676-7172
  • Facilities Ops. Coordinator
    Nick Taurence
    Phone: (734) 676-7172
  • Senior Citizen Coordinator
    Carol Garrison
    Phone: (734) 675-0063
  • Program Coordinator
    Hannah Wojtala
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Administrative
    Melissa Pruitt
    Phone: (734) 675-7300
  • Administrative
    Alexis Featherston
    Phone: (734) 676-7172