Parks & Recreation

Jack E. Kirksey Livonia Community Recreation Center

Blended Lifeguard Course 

Dates: Thursday, December 26 - Saturday, December 28

Times: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.    Fee: $175

Participants will learn the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over. 

The Blended Lifeguard course requires completion of an online portion before the first day of class. Participants must be able to provide an email for access to the online learning, be able to attend each day of class, and pass a pre-requisite swim test on the first day. 


  • Minimum age: 15 years 
  • Swim 300 yards continuously using breaststroke or freestyle technique
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs 
  • Complete a timed event starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Surface dive to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

    Join Livonia Parks and Recreation Lifeguard team and receive $100 class reimbursement after 150 hours worked, contact Stephanie Manoogian for further details at

    Book is available online for FREE as a PDF, can be downloaded as an e-book or purchased at

Santa's Workshop Calling

Santa and his elves will make special calls to children Monday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 17.  Please submit requests by Friday, December 13 at 5 p.m. 

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Joy of Painting the Bob Ross Way

Join Certified Ross Instructor Ted Simpson as he guides you in painting “fluffy clouds” and “happy little trees”. Using the same gentle step by step guidance as the PBS icon, Ted will help you create an entire landscape in just a couple of hours. Complete a finished painting in each session, ready for framing and admired by your friends and family. Each session will focus on the many different ways Bob has spread the Joy of Painting with landscapes that feature strong mountains, tall waterfalls, deep woods, lovely cabins and big crashing waves. All supplies are included and no previous experience required! Ages 14+ Party Rooms Instructor Ted Simpson! Register today!  Members $50, Residents $55, Non-Residents $60

Scholarship Program

The Livonia Parks and Recreation Department is proud to offer Livonia youth, ages 17 and younger a scholarship program to make recreation programs and activities affordable for as many youths as possible.

The scholarship, funded by St. Mary Mercy Livonia through the Healthy Livonia initiative, is designed to assist Livonia families financially by subsidizing the cost of programs up to a maximum of $300 per child, per year; on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Livonia Parks and Recreation will cover 85% of the program fee and the parent/guardian will be responsible for 15% of the fee per approved program. Funds available based upon donations and sponsorship of the program. This scholarship is another example of community partners breaking down barriers for youth participation in exercise, enrichment and activities.

 Scholarship Application (PDF).