Parks & Recreation

Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center

Rec Center Reopen sign

KIRKSEY RECREATION CENTER opens wednesday, Sept. 9

Executive Order 2020-176 allows indoor Fitness Centers, Indoor Pools and gymnasiums to open on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. 

We are excited to welcome you back to the Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center! Things are going to look and feel a little different at the Rec Center. We have safety protocols in place and some new rules. Please take a minute to read this important information carefully.

  • Only members, class participants, or approved community groups will be permitted access to the Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center at this time.
  • Patrons 5 years of age and older will be required to wear a face mask at all times.
  • To help us keep an accurate count of patrons and ensure social distancing, you will be required to enter the facility will be through main entrance.  The exit will be through the emergency doors in concession table area.  ADA participants will still be able to exit through accessible slider doors.
  • Patrons will be required to provide a physical photo ID (membership card, student I.D., State issued I.D. or a Driver’s License). Electronic ID will not be accepted. 
  • Patrons will scan in with their membership card or they must be enrolled in a class. This allows us to capture the patrons who have visited the facility and trace any possible exposures.
    1. A supervisor will visually check individual rooms for capacity limits hourly.
    2. Once capacity is reached, a sign will be placed in the front of the building or room alerting patrons. We ask that you abide by the capacity limits.
  • Patrons will scan out when leaving the facility.
  • No open basketball or volleyball games will be allowed.
  • Group exercise classes will remain outside at this time.
  • Fall 1 classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 8. 

Kirksey recreation center membership update

All Kirksey Recreation Center memberships have been extended for the duration of the closure. If you have paid in full for the year in advance, your expiration date has been extended. If you were paying via EFT on a monthly basis, your payment was stopped during the closure. Because the March payments had already been drafted when the Rec Center was closed, payments will begin again in October.

Thank you for your patience with these account updates. If you have questions regarding your account, please email or call (734) 466-2900 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this new normal!


In an effort to better serve you, we switched to new software for easy, more convenient online and in-person transactions.  If you have not participated in a Parks and Recreation program in 2020 you may need to create a new account. Recreation Center Member accounts have been transferred, if you have problems logging in please call (734) 466-2900.

  1. Members
  2. Guests
  • Your account has been transferred to our new system. 
  • Please stop at the desk to verify your email address and update your picture.
  • When you login for the first time, you will need to request a password.

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Bob Ross 9.11.20 painting of mountain and treesJoy 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 is required!
Online registration
Ages 14+
Party Rooms
Instructor Ted Simpson
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).

unity project

Thank to those who participating in the Unity Project, which promoted human connection, an appreciation of diversity and a realization that we all have something in common. The public art display was located between the Kirksey Recreation Center and Bentley Field.