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DISCOVER 2013 Spring/Summer Brochure

Leisure Services Director

Debbie Bilbrey-Honsowetz
1150 Canton Center S.

Recreation: 734/394-5460
Parks: 734/394-5310
Administration: 734/394-5360
Fax: 734/394-5366

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Canton Leisure Services is the recipient of the 2008 National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Award



Fall/Winter 2014 Discover

Fall/Winter 2014 Canton Leisure Services Registration: Resident & Summit Member: Early Bird Online Registration - Where Applicable - Begins Wednesday, August 13 at 5 p.m. Online at:

Walk-in & Non-Resident Registration - Begins Wednesday, August 20 at Noon at the Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway


Click here to check out these Sizzlin' Summer Leisure Services Events and Activities!


Canton Leisure Services Summer Camps

Learn How Your Children Can Have The Best Summer Yet!

Find something for all ages and interests, including:

  • Day Camps
  • Art Camps
  • Sports Camps
  • Preschool Camps
  • Theater Camps
  • Science & Education Camps
  • Special Needs Camps
  • Teen Camps
  • Plus More!

Click here for details


Inclement Weather Policy

If the Plymouth/Canton School District closes due to inclement weather during the school year (typically due to winter weather conditions), all Leisure Services Department programs/classes held prior to 4:00 p.m. will be canceled. For Leisure Service programs/classes that begin after 4:00 p.m. a determination to cancel will be made no later than 2:00 p.m. that day.






Canton Leisure Services Fall Open House

Area residents are invited to attend our Fall kick off and Back-to-School Open House on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. at Summit on the Park, located at 46000 Summit Parkway.

Come learn about upcoming Canton Leisure Services fall classes, programs and events during this Open House, take part in special offers and discounts, and enjoy an evening of fun at Canton's fitness and community recreation destination.

Also, take advantage of a variety of deals just by stopping by the Open House, including:

  • Special back-to-school membership pricing: new Summit on the Park members that register between August 11-31, 2014 will have their one-time application fee waived (a $30 value)
  • Discounted early-bird registration pricing on Fall recreation programs and classes
  • Entry into drawings for Family Prize packs, including family passes to upcoming Canton events, like the Trick-or-Treat Parade, Annual Tree Lighting, Santa Breakfast and Butterfly Ball
  • And more!

Help us Celebrate Bartlett T. Beaver's birthday with birthday games, treats and activities. The first 50 kids in attendance will get to decorate a birthday cupcake, and the first 75 kids to attend will receive a back-to-school goodie bag. Families can also stick around for free open swimming time from 7-9 p.m. at the Summit Aquatic Center.

During this special event, Canton Leisure Services is also opening the doors to The BLOCK Youth and Teen Center, located on the third floor of the Canton Administration Building, 1150 Canton Center Road. Be sure to check out all of its great amenities, where kids ages 11-17 can "Eat. Play. Relax. Repeat." all in a safe, supervised environment. Plus, earn extra Family Prize Pack drawing entries just by stopping in!


Camp A.B.L.E. Scholarship Fund Donations:

Camp A.B.L.E., Canton Leisure Services summer camp designed to serve children residing in Canton and Western Wayne County between the ages of 8-14 with disabilities, is currently seeking to offset some expenses related to important items like sensory integration tools and accessible transportation that unfortunately exist outside of Camp's current budget. Generous donations to the Canton Community Foundation are currently being accepted and can help make the sun shine a little brighter at Camp A.B.L.E. all summer long.

Interested donors are encouraged to visit Simply complete the online form and choose "Camp A.B.L.E." on the drop-down menu of available funds.

Checks can also be made out to:
Canton Community Foundation with "Camp A.B.L.E." in the memo line

Please mail them to:

Canton Community Foundation
50430 School House Road Suite 200
Canton, MI 48187


Canton Dog Park Informational Sessions

Canton Dog Park members are invited to attend a no-cost session featuring an obedience trainer from the K-9 Academy Training Facility. These free classes will be held at the Canton Dog Park, located on the west side of Denton Road north of Cherry Hill Road.

Session dates and times:

  • Wednesday, June 18 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, June 28 at 10 am
  • Wednesday, July 9 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, July 26 at 10 am
  • Wednesday, August 6 at 7 pm
  • Saturday, August 23 at 10 am

Information covered during these sessions will include understanding basic dog body language and issues related to socialization at the Dog Park. Participants will also be shown how to recognize aggressive dog behavior, and how to interpret dog play and interaction. Dog Park members are encouraged to attend with or without their furry friends. Not a Dog Park member? Learn how you and your dog can become one at Contact the Parks Office at 734/394-5310 for additional information.

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You may purchase tickets online immediately by visiting your exclusive Detroit Zoo Tickets & More Discount Online Program ticket store.

We hope you and your family enjoy the Detroit Zoo this season! For more information contact: Canton Leisure Services at 734/394-5360



Canton Leisure Services Earns National Agency Re-Accreditation For Excellence in Operation and Service in 2013

Canton Leisure Services is once again recognized for excellence in the field of parks and recreation management.

Canton Leisure Services earned re-accreditation and remains one of only 119 agencies in the country currently holding national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

The process of re-accreditation is extensive and takes approximately one year to accomplish.

Accreditation is based on an agency's compliance with the 156 standards for national accreditation.

CAPRA accreditation includes three phases after the application process:

  • development of an agency self-assessment report,
  • on-site peer review performed by a Commission-approved visitation team,
  • and the Commission's review and decision.

To become accredited, agencies must comply with all 36 fundamental standards and meet 85% of the remaining 120 standards. Canton Leisure Services is pleased to announce a 100% score was obtained by meeting every standard in all ten categories.

Canton Leisure Services, originally accredited in 2004 and re-accredited in 2008, is currently one of only two CAPRA accredited agencies in the state of Michigan.

Accreditation is valid for a period of five years.


Leisure Services programs are led by the Recreation Division. Programming is developed for people of all ages, including preschool, youth and teens, adults and seniors. Specific areas include Aquatics, Athletics, the Canton Sports Center, the B.L.O.C.K. Teen Center, the Senior Adults Program, Youth Development (Teens), Health/ Wellness and Community Events.

The activities and programs provide opportunities for families and friends to build relationships, create a sense of belonging in the community, and positively impact the local economy.

The Leisure Services Department comprises three divisions - Parks, Recreation/ Facilities and Golf plus Central Services which serves as the clearinghouse for communications, accounts payable and personnel issues.

The respective divisions are responsible for the administrative functions required to lead the diverse and rapidly growing operation that allows for coordination of resources which ensures effective and efficient delivery of services.

Canton Township prides itself on providing an excellent system of parks which offer a variety of activities for residents, plus a place for families to gather for picnics and other outdoor activities. Park pavilions and the gazebo in Heritage Park are available for rental by community groups and individuals.

And, that's not all ...

Special events, dance, preschool programs, enrichment classes, after school activities, teen programs, programs for people with special needs .. and much, much more .. come and DISCOVER Canton.

Click here to access the 2013 Canton Leisure Services Annual Report