SLPR Summer 2020 Brochure

SLPR names new Executive Director

SLPR is excited to announce the new Executive Director

The SLPR Board of Commissioners has announced that Ed Koledo has been named Executive Director of Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation. The SLPR hiring committee offered their recommendation to the full board at a special public meeting on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020.

Mr. Koledo has had a successful career in public education, military operations and with government funded programs. In addition, he is the previous Superintendent of the Linden Public Schools and has a great depth of experience with local municipalities, civic organizations and nonprofits, including the Fenton-Linden Regional Chamber of Commerce, Fenton Rotary, LAFF Pathway organization, Fenton Area Resource & Referral Network and the Fenton Community Fund, all groups that SLPR works with to support our communities.

Mr. Koledo brings expert problem-solving, strategic planning, and relationship building skills. And most importantly, he embodies the servant-leader management style, instilling in others the confidence to achieve.  

SLPR Chairperson, Patricia Lockwood commented that “Mr. Koledo is a leader that will enable SLPR to strengthen our current programs and relationships while supporting growth into new areas”.

Ed will direct the SLPR Team which consists of 5 employees and 75 contractual employees who oversee the programs provided to the community along with the numerous Special Events that SLPR organizes, such as Back to the Bricks, Concerts in the Park, Farmers Markets, & Art Walk. Ed will also serve as the Manager of the Fenton Community & Cultural Center.

Please contact Board Chair, Patricia Lockwood at or 810-516-9480 with any questions.

SLPR Programs


Virtual Animal Art Kids Camp

Virtual Animal Art Kids Camp

Join us with Denise Willing-Booher for a Virtual Animal Art Kids Camp! Register online today to secure your spot!
Virtual Animal Art Kids Camp
$50 Discounted for residents
$60 Regular fee for non-residents
Ages 7-11
The kids will learn about our native Michigan animals while learning to draw and paint them. This class will be taught virtually via ZOOM. Students will interact with each other while receiving individualized and group instruction from the instructor. Art can be messy, so please be mindful of this when setting up your home studio. Students will receive an art-at-home package, to help you create your masterpiece at home. An art supply pick-up will be scheduled with registered participants. The deadline to register is: June 15th.
June 23, 24, 25, 2020
9:30 am–12:30 pm
Virtual class, via ZOOM
Instructed by Denise Willing Booher
Animal Art and Mural Painting workshops are partially funded by they City of Fenton Arts & Cultural Commission. A portion of the participant and supply costs have been underwritten to provide quality & professional programming at an affordable cost to participants. Thank you for supporting fine arts in our community!
Denise Willing Booher is a working artist that lives in Fenton. She shows her work regionally, nationally and internationally. Her work is in private and corporate collections. Denise has run the award winning DWB Design Studio for over 30 years. Denise currently is the President of the National Watercolor Society as well as a Signature member and the past Chairman of the Michigan Watercolor Society.
Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation

Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation, Executive Director Position

Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation,                                            Executive Director Position

We are seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director of Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation (SLPR). The selected individual will be responsible for overseeing the organizational administration, program & strategic plans of SLPR.  Key duties include; marketing, financial oversight, community outreach & programming implementation. The position reports to the Board of Directors of SLPR which consists of representatives from Fenton Township, the City of Linden and the City of Fenton

We are seeking an individual with professional skills which includes strategic planning, program development, task facilitation, financial management oversight, strong written & oral communication skills, and a background that includes senior management experience.

Please submit application to Board Chair, Pat Lockwood at:   the deadline for applications is May 26, 2020.

Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation is an EOE.



Hiring Wrestling Coordinator for the Fenton Wrestling Program

Wrestling Coordinator for the Youth Fenton Wrestling Program

We are looking for an energetic coordinator for the Fenton Youth Wrestling Program.  This is a great position for someone looking to make a difference in the lives of many and work with a fantastic youth wrestling program.
SLPR is hiring a Wrestling Coordinator, the Fenton Youth Wrestling program for the 2020-21 season.  Please see the job description below. The youth wrestling season lasts from November thru April.  Coordinator pay is commensurate with experience.
If you are interested, please email or call Paul Stark at or 810-714-2011 for more information. 
Tap Dance Camp

SLPR Highlights from 2019

SLPR’s 2019 in review – all the highlights!

2019 was a fabulous year, from beginning to end.  Here at SLPR, we believe in staying active, having fun, and being involved in the community.  And, what a wonderful community it is.  Thank you for joining us in 2019!  

Check out our 2019 Highlight Reel here.

Celebrating 20 Years 

This year marks SLPR’s 20th Anniversary. We began the year with many great classes, participants, and instructors.  We are so thankful for all the smiles and fun we had to start the year.  While things may have changed for the moment due to Covid-19, we here at SLPR are always looking for new ways of keeping the community connected.  Staying connected virtually is the new norm for most of us at the moment.  We are always interested in new ideas for classes, both virtually and in-person. If you have ideas or classes you would like to share with the community, please reach out to us at

We hope you are staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.  We look forward to more smiles and more fun in 2020 – surrounded by the community who makes us who we are.

Be well and stay active. 

-Your friends at SLPR

SLPR Programs

SLPR Programs

Covid-19 Updates for SLPR Participants

Cover-19 Updates for SLPR Participants

The staff here at Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation has been working with the school districts, and heeding the advice of our local government and Governor.  As you know, things have changed quickly, often hour to hour. We would like to take this time to tell the community how much we appreciate the graciousness and kindness you have shown during these uncertain times.  We would also like to take this time to tell our staff and instructors how much we appreciate them.  Everyone worked quickly and adapted to this ever-changing situation with such impeccable grace.  

There are many questions with regards to classes/activities/events and rentals.  At this time, we are going to continue with the original plan of the postponement of all activities/classses/rentals/events through April 5th.    Each program is unique, and will be handled accordingly with possible make-ups/additional dates as best we can.  Upcoming programs will be re-scheduled to the best of our availability as well. 

Our offices are closed to the public, and we have our staff working remotely. Please allow 24 hours to return phone calls.  Please do feel free to contact us via email at if you have further questions. 

Covid-19 updates continue to change.  We will continue to relay relevant information as it pertains to the safety of our community and the influence on our existing timeline of activities. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for updates, as well as emails from instructors and staff.   

As always, our main concern is the safety of our participants, community, staff and families. Please be safe and we wish you good health,  always.

Southern Lakes Parks & Recreation

Facility Attendants/Custodians & Event Set Up Staff


Facility Attendants/Custodians with SLPR & the FCCC

We’re looking for people who are local, dedicated, and reliable to fill the following positions:
*Part time BUILDING ATTENDANTS: Ideal candidates should be 21 or older with event set up,

janitorial, and facility custodial experience.
Flexible schedule required depending on the event calendar. Snow removal- morning/evenings.

SLPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates chosen for consideration will be subject to a background check. 

Please bring your resume to the 
FCCC office at 150 S. Leroy St., 
Fenton, MI 48430

or email to

The Artist’s Apprentice – Just Dragons!

The Artist’s Apprentice – Just Dragons!

Hear yee!  Hear yee!  All DRAGON LOVERS unite. Come along with us as we learn to draw these mystical creature.  Young artists will get creative with a self-drying clay project featuring a baby dragon of their design with shimmer paints to bring out the magic in our wee beasts!  A Gallery Show will be presented to families following class on the final day.  Artist/instructor Pamela Palmer, BFA.   Ages 7 and up.  Middle Schoolers encouraged!

Tuesdays, 4pm to 5:30pm

December 3, 10, 17

$65 residents, $75 non-residents  

$20 material fee payable to instructor at 1st class

Class held at the Fenton Community & Cultural Center

Pre-registration is required