City of Detroit kicks off reopening of newly-renovated recreation centers, which have been closed since COVID-19 pandemic hit

  • Adams Butzel, Patton, Lasky, and Farwell Recreation centers to reopen this week.
  • $4.2 Million in renovations completed at Adams Butzel Complex, $900k in renovations at Patton including interior and pool improvements.
  • Detroiters encouraged to sign up for programs and classes at
  • Other recreation centers currently under renovation and will come online in the upcoming months.


DETROIT – Today, Detroit Parks & Recreation reopened four recreation centers as a part of its phase one reopening plan to re-engage residents and provide opportunities for recreation activity in Detroit. Since closing due to the pandemic, the department used the downtime to complete major renovations and improvements to Adams Butzel Complex and Patton Recreation Center to reach a state of good repair status. In addition, Lasky Recreation Center and Farwell Recreation Center will also open starting tomorrow September 21.

Adams Butzel Complex underwent $4.2 million dollars of improvements to its HVAC system, new pool filter equipment, new pool deck, lighting improvements, locker renovation, lobby renovation, bathroom renovation, fire alarm improvements, interior finishes throughout the recreation side of the building, roof replacement and repairs and a new parking lot.

Patton Recreation Center saw $900,000 in improvements including opening up the ceiling and adding new HVAC ductwork in the pool area, renovation of the dance room, refinishing of the gym floor, new LED lighting, and new irrigation system.

“We’re glad to welcome Detroiters back to our recreation centers,” said Keith Flournoy, Deputy Director, Detroit Parks & Recreation. “The centers are the place where we impact Detroiters' lives and I’m proud to be able to get back to that.”

The four reopened centers will lead programs and classes in two five-week sessions with session one beginning on September 27 and session two beginning on November 8. New programs and classes include jazz dance, gymnastics, nature-based programs, tennis & technology, and senior classes. All recreation centers will follow CDC and Detroit Health Department COVID-19 guidance. Visitors are required to wear a mask when indoors except when participating in aquatics activities. Residents are encouraged to sign-up for memberships and programs at For 2020 members whose membership was still valid we will transfer their membership to 2021. 2020 members must make this request in person at their recreation center.


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Youth 6 – 12



Teens 13 – 17



Adults 18 – 59



60 +



Universal Membership



*Universal Membership allows access to ALL recreation centers. Flat rate applies to all ages.


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