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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



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, gazebo, and the Amphitheater in Heritage Park are available for rental by community groups and individuals.

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.

Get Healthy By Walking in a Canton Park!

Area residents are encourage to hit the walking trails and paths located in the Canton Parks. Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise is one of your body's most natural forms of exercise. It's safe, simple, doesn't require practice, and the health benefits are endless.

Benefits of Getting Outdoors and Enjoying Canton's Parks

Whether you are walking your dog, shooting hoops, or cooling off in one of our splash playgrounds, Canton's parks offer numerous leisure amenities.

In addition to these expected opportunities, Canton's parks can also provide measurable health benefits, from providing direct contact with nature and a cleaner environment, to opportunities for physical activity and social interaction.

Health Benefits

  • Preliminary evidence suggests that using parks may lead to other healthy lifestyle choices, such as balanced eating.
  • Outdoor exercise has been shown to renew energy and foster a sense of psychological restoration.
  • Researchers have identified a positive correlation between play in parks and heightened concentration among children with attention deficit disorder.

Economic Benefits

  • Parks increase property values - and improve the tax base - as homebuyers are more often willing to pay a higher price for a residence near a park.
  • Trees and shrubs reduce air pollution control expenses.
  • Green spaces protect groundwater sources and their no-mow buffer zones can also cut the cost of area drinking water.


  • "Let's Go to the Park Today: The Role of Parks in Obesity Prevention and Improving the Public's Health" - National Recreation and Parks Association
  • "Economic and Health Benefits" - Trust for Public Land.

Canton's premier facilities

Did you Know?

The Parks Division has a year-around responsibility for the daily operations of all Canton parks, grounds maintenance for all township buildings and community-owned cemeteries, and operational support for recreational activities and special events.

From baseball, ice sports and soccer at the Canton Sports Center, to golf at Pheasant Run Golf Club and Fellows Creek Golf Club, to swimming, fitness classes and more at the Summit on the Park, and performing arts at The Village Theater. Everyone can benefit from our facilities.

Splash Playground

Cool down at Canton's new Splash Playground located in Heritage Park near Heritage Hideout. Just touch the fire hydrant to start the water fun! Children 12 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times. Water shoes are recommended. Please, no pets in the splash playground.

County Parks

For information on Huron-Clinton Metroparks, call 800-47-PARKS. William P. Holliday Nature Preserve. This park cuts into the northeast corner of Canton at Koppernick Road, east of the C&O railtracks. 500 acres total, 57 acres in Canton. River Rouge Parkway: Flood plain along the lower Rouge River from Canton Center to Hannan Road. 267 acres, undeveloped.

Lower Rouge Trail

Construction of a non-motorized trail system along the Lower Rouge River began in Fall of 2007, in an effort to meet the residential demand for more outdoor recreation and as a joint venture between Canton Municipal Services, Canton Leisure Services, Wayne County, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Park Rules

For the enjoyment and safety of everyone using Canton's parks, we thank you for paying attention to the following:

  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times (and please leave nothing behind...).
  • Skateboarding is not allowed in Canton parks for safety's sake.
  • All of our parks are open from 6 a.m. from 10 p.m. during the summer.
  • Motorized, electrical boats must have Park Superintendent's approval.
  • No alcohol allowed in Canton Parks.


Get Healthy By Walking in Canton!

Area residents are encourage to hit the walking trails and paths located in the Canton Parks. Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise is one of your body's most natural forms of exercise. It's safe, simple, doesn't require practice, and the health benefits are endless

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