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Posted on: February 22, 2023

Press Release - Spark DNR Grant

Trenton Parks & Recreation Spark DNR Grant Press Release February 21, 2023

The City of Trenton Parks & Recreation Department is excited to announce that we have been awarded a Spark DNR grant in the amount of $1,000,000 dollars for the Kennedy Aquatic Center. Parks & Recreation Director Tim Beaker spearheaded the application, with Mayor Steven Rzeppa and the entire Council providing backing and support for the grant. Letters of support were provided by Senator Darren Camilleri and Senator Stephanie Chang. And after receiving more than 460 applications for the American Rescue Plan Act funding, Trenton is proud to be one of 21 communities that will be sharing in the $14.2 million Michigan Spark Grants for outdoor recreation projects.

"As recipients of this grant, Trenton will be able to continue and build upon a long-standing tradition of bringing people together through recreation opportunities," said Mayor Rzeppa.

The Kennedy Aquatic Center is in need of renovations, especially with the increased traffic the facility has seen post-covid. The 20-year-old facility offers swim lessons, lifeguarding classes, parent-tot classes, swim up movies, summer pool parties, triathlons, day camp destinations, swim competitions for all caliber swimmers, fundraisers, water aerobics, senior exercises, pool side yoga, gardening and so much more.

The goal is to add ADA compliant pool lifts, replace uneven concrete, repair gutter systems, rework current locker room facilities, create a sensory integration space, repair deck drains, create new signage, and create a new entrance that will be barrier-free for ease of access.

"Trenton has seen such a great return to recreation post-COVID," stated Beaker. "As people continue to look for ways to stay active in the community, we're committed to providing high-quality programs. These upgrades to the pool will add accessible recreational opportunities for more families in the community."

The DNR grant will allow the city to create new events, while ensuring greater pool access and a clean, lasting recreational opportunity for years to come.

For more information please contact: Samantha Sawnick, Trenton Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator at 734-675-7300

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