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You may not need to travel far or spend a lot of money to enjoy some “R & R.”

     Trenton Parks & Recreation provides numerous interesting, fun and inventive recreational options right here in your hometown.

     Registration for Water Walking, Swimnastics, Parent Tot Swim, Deep Water Exercise, Pilates, and the SNAP program for developmentally challenged youths are among the many options accepting registrations for summer.

     Registration is available online at or in person at the Trenton Parks and Recreation office located at Trenton City Hall.

     Other programs and activities being offered this summer include tee-ball, swim club, diving, swim lessons, tennis, and Cultural Center activities. 

It’s also time to “get down and dirty” with the return of  the Kids Gardening Program. This year’s garden will feature a series of workshops and classes for specific age groups. The Art Barn Classes continue with exciting and diverse programs rich with opportunities to explore and expand your creativity.

These classes include Painting and Pop Art, Exploring 3D Art, Mom and Me Art Class, The Art Lab, and Fashionista. Program fees, dates and times vary per program and are available online at or at the Recreation Office.  Space is limited.

     Great things will be cooking in the Trenton Cultural Center kitchen for our future chefs in the Kids Cooking School, BonAppeTOTS Cooking Class, Candy Making and the all new Top Chef Challenge, and “Oh How Sweet,” Pastries and Desserts. The sound of music will be heard from little tykes participating in the First Noters and PB & Jelly Jammers music programs.

     Be sure to add the Cultural Center to your hometown travel itinerary where great music, outdoor movies and more can be enjoyed. The “Lemonade in the Shade” Concert Series will be held on July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8.

     The “Outdoor Coffeehouse” Concerts will feature “Those Were the Days” June 23, “Picks and Bows” Aug. 1, and “The Blues Brothers” Tribute band Aug. 8. Outdoor Movies in the Park continue at the Cultural Center events this year on July 24. Join your neighbors and friends to watch the show. The concerts and movies are free. Don’t forget your blanket and lawn chairs. For a complete schedule, visit the Website.

     Who needs to vacation at a resort pool when you can spend the day at the Kennedy Outdoor Aquatic Center, the Coolest Place in town, right in your own backyard! Kick off summer this year at the Opening Day event, Saturday, June 8, 12-7 p.m. A number of local groups and organizations will be on hand to promote their summer offerings. As well, you can sign up for summer recreation programs.

     The Kennedy Pool is scheduled to open with a splash Friday, June 14. It’s also a great place to relax near the pool and socialize with friends. Be sure to purchase a season pass to the Kennedy Aquatic Center. Child, adult and family passes for residents are available. A picture I.D. card will be issued for all pass holders. Persons must have their picture taken for a pass to be issued.

     The Kennedy Recreation Center also will be hopping this summer with fun indoor activities, ranging from hockey camps to public skating inside what is undoubtedly “the coolest place in town” during the summer months.

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