About Parks and Rec
The Warren Parks and Recreation Department offers year-round recreation programs, including: baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, aerobics, fitness center, swimming, arts and crafts, music, theater, dancing, bowling, youth day camps, senior citizen one day trips, and extended travel, special events, and much more!
The department has indoor facilities at Owen Jax Recreation Center, Stilwell Manor, and the Warren Community Center. Every center offers a variety of activities for children, adults and senior citizens.
The 18,500 sq. ft. Owen Jax Recreation Center is equipped with a gymnasium and a large multipurpose room used for a variety of activities, such as, Teen Dances, sports related meetings, senior card games, County Sponsored Nutrition Luncheons, and Senior Country Night. It also serves as an after school teen center for Warren residents, 18 years old and under.
Stilwell Manor is a Senior Citizen Activity Center connected to a Senior Housing Center for low income senior residents. This center features a large multipurpose room used for cards, social gatherings, Bridge and board games, exercise classes, Band practices and concerts, arts and crafts, dinner-dance parties, and pool tournaments.
The Warren Community Center has a great deal of amenities for the whole family. They include: Three gymnasiums with indoor shuffleboard courts, indoor batting cages, a senior center with banquet facilities, and multi-purpose rooms, a library, coffee shop, historical museum, fitness center, aquatic center, and performing arts center. Not only is this center the home of the Parks and Recreation Offices, but it is also home to City Offices, such as, the Communications Department, and Commissions Offices. This is definitely the place for “One Stop Leisure Shopping.”
The City of Warren is gifted with twenty-five (25) City parks. While the land acreage may not meet the needs of the community, the locations of the 25 parks play a vital role in the community, especially since numerous schools have closed in the past twenty-five years. The Warren Community Center has 48 acres of land that increased the total park land to 325 acres. Many of the park features include: picnic areas, shelters, electricity, restrooms, play structures, walking paths, ball fields, soccer fields, volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, roller hockey rink, and horseshoe pits. Special features include: natural wildflower meadow, fitness course, and natural ice rinks.
The department also offers ice skating at City Square Ice Rink in the months of November – March. In the warmer months, stop by City Square to enjoy the dancing, coloful waterfountains. Also held at City Square from May – October is the Farmer’s Market. The market is open every Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome!
The Parks and Recreation Department not only offers recreation activities, but it also provides a transportation service to senior citizens and disabled persons. This service, which can be used for medical appointments, hair appointments, shopping, and transportation to one of our recreation centers is available to any Warren or Center Line resident who is 55 years of age or older or handicap. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. All trips must be scheduled through a dispatcher at least three days in advance. The van/bus will pick customers up from home and will drop them off at home.
Aside from the many activities mentioned that continue year-round, Warren Parks and Recreation also has many special events to celebrate all the holidays.
In February, girls, ages 4-12 and their daddy or special someone can attend the Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance. This is an event where daddies and their daughters can enjoy an evening full of dinner and dancing, real quality time! The dance is held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on a Saturday at the City Square Atrium.
Also in February, Seniors are welcome to attend the “50th” Anniversary Sweetheart Dinner Dance. This event honors Warren residents who have been married 50 years or longer, but everyone is welcome! Come enjoy a family-style dinner and live entertainment.
In celebration of spring, we urge you and your children to attend the Family Spring Carnival. Fun includes: Petting farm, moonwalk, visit with the Easter Bunny, carnival games, special entertainment, and more. This event is FREE!
The 80 and over Luncheon is also held in May. This is an event to honor all Warren residents who are 80 years and older. The luncheon is held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center.
Harvest Hay Day takes place in the beginning of October. Families may join us for a FREE pumpkins, hay rides, mechanical bull rides, crafts, cider & donuts, and the Farmers Market at Halmich Park.
In celebration of Halloween, Trunk and Treat is held in October at the City Square Parking Structure. This event is where children can dress up in a costume, go trick or treating (from car to car), eat FREE hotdogs, chips and hot chocolate. End the night off with the Monster Bash inside the City Square Atrium. Everything is FREE! All ages are welcome.
To bring an end to the year, families are encouraged to participate in the many Christmas events: Christmas Tree Coloring Contest, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Polar Express and Senior Christmas Parties are just the beginning.
As always, it is Warren Parks and Recreation’s mission to provide Warren residents of all ages with positive, productive leisure time experiences and to make these activities convenient, affordable and numerous in order to enhance the physical and social well being of all residents. That is what Always Movin’ means to us!