Abundant recreational opportunities contribute greatly to Livonia’s premier quality of life for families and individuals. The city has set some 1,400 acres for recreation and has a modern 130,000 square foot community recreation center, along with many other recreational venues.
Built as a testament to Livonia’s strong commitment to families and fun, the Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center is a great representation of the community’s growth. In a lively and inviting environment, the Center offers recreational activities for residents of all ages and at all fitness levels.
Built in 2003 from a $30 million dollar bond issue, the Center creates an affordable recreational facility for residents. It includes two indoor pools with a 250 foot water slide, 27,000 square feet of gymnasium, a fitness club with training equipment, an indoor track, a 40 feet high by 36 feet wide climbing wall, aerobics room, party rooms, game room, giant indoor play structure, 14,000 square feet skate-board park, two sand volleyball courts and an 8,600 square feet gymnastics area. There is something for everyone in the family at the Jack E. Kirksey Recreation Center!
For information on programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department, call (734) 466-2410.
This community youth athletic program provides developmental and competitive sports opportunities for more than 1,000 youngsters each year, ranging in ages from 4-18. There are 800 enrolled in the football and cheerleading programs, some 1,500 playing basketball and some 1,500 playing baseball.
The LJAL offers house and competitive travel baseball and basketball teams. The LJAL, founded in 1957 as the Livonia Junior Football League, is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. For more information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some 1,400 youngsters participate in recreation-select and premier programs offered by the Livonia City Soccer Club. This club is the result of a merger of the former Meteors program, which dates back to 1990, and the Livonia Soccer Club, which dates back to the late 1970s.
While the recreation-select teams learn the fundamentals of the game and play in a number of matches each season, the premierlevel teams travel across the state for matches and travel out-ofstate for some tournaments. For more information for the Livonia City Soccer Club, visit the club website at www.livoniacitysoccerclub.com.
You’ll have an excellent chance to test your golfing skills in Livonia, with three quality 18-hole courses. All courses are open seven days a week, April 1 - November 15, weather permitting. Resident and non-resident rates are applied throughout the season. Special rates for senior citizens and youth are available for Livonia residents only. Livonia-based businesses are entitled to “pass cards” which will allow them to golf at any one of the three city-owned courses for resident rates.
Fox Creek.....(248) 471-3400
Idyl Wyld.....(734) 464-6325
Whispering Willows.....(248) 476-4493
Devonaire Ice Arena.....(734) 425-9790
Eddie Edgar Arena.....(734) 422-5172
The Livonia Family YMCA lives up to its name by serving as a community center. Here children, parents, grandparents and teens can strengthen their mind, body and spirit in this community environment with the many learning and physical activities that lead to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
The 99,000 square-foot facilities at the Livonia Family YMCA include a Wellness Center with personal trainers; no cost Child Watch babysitting and The Bright House room for kids 6-14. There is much to do with exercise equipment, a lounge, resource file, computer; a 25 yard, six-lane indoor pool; two gymnasiums; saunas and whirlpools in the locker rooms and an indoor tennis facility. Additional offerings include free fitness classes, specialized wellness classes, racquetball courts and outdoor equipment. The facilities are available for birthday parties or other corporate and private events. For programs offered through the YMCA, call (734) 261-2161.
Some 1,000 players and coaches are involved in the hockey program that has served Livonia for 40 years, making the LHA one of the longest, continuous-serving youth hockey organizations in Michigan. Youngsters from ages 4-18 participate in introductory programs and form 50 teams in travel and house leagues, which play at Livonia’s Devon Aire and Eddie Edgar ice arenas. The LHA has produced national championship-caliber travel teams and several National Hockey League players such as Ryan Kessler, David Moss and Craig Johnson. For more information on the LHA, call (734) 422-5172.
Livonia takes great pride in the 1,342 acres of parkland throughout the city. Parks in Livonia are spacious and provide wonderful opportunities for picnics, large family gatherings and group functions. For groups over 20, the city suggests you obtain a permit to ensure the space is available.
At the western edge of Livonia is picturesque Newburgh Lake. This beautiful area has two finger piers for fishing and a small boat launch. Trails around the lake offer leisurely strolls and hiking. During the summer, the historic comfort station at Newburgh Lake provides paddleboat concession and fishing docks. In the winter, the lake is swept for ice-skating and ice fishing providing activities all year long. For more information about hosting picnics or functions, call (734) 466-2410.
Merri-Bowl Lanes.....(734) 427-2900
Woodland Lanes.....(734) 522-4515
Botsford Pool.....(248) 476-9700
Clements Circle.....(734) 421-9800
Shelden Pool.....(734) 421-7022