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We are excited to announce a large community initiative organized by our Youth Board, to support the elderly, the food pantries, and the healthcare workers right here in Ken-Ton ❤ This is an opportunity to show your support, earn community service hours, and even get a little competitive! Thanks to support from the Sheridan Parkside LIFE Center the high school that collects the most will get the opportunity to have a private outdoor movie screening of their choice at the Transit Drive-In!

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Free Drama & STEM programs coming to the Jefferson & Sheridan Youth Centers this spring!

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Registration now open for spring youth basketball programs at Jefferson! Programs begin April 10. 

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The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks & Recreation department unveiled preliminary details for its 2021 summer camps at the former Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Camp Minis is for children ages 4-6, or incoming Pre-K through 1st graders. Camp Minors is for ages 7-9, or incoming 2nd through 4th graders. Camp Majors is for ages 10-13, or incoming 5th through 8th graders. Each camp will follow the same structure, guidelines, and high-quality programming, but will be specially formatted to be age-appropriate.

“You’re not just sending your kid to camp – you’re sending them to a place where they will get to play and learn new sports and games every day, participate in arts and crafts every day, enjoy weekly special events, guest speakers and presenters, teambuilding, enrichment, make new friends…the list of benefits goes on and on,” says Mark Campanella, Sr., Superintendent of Parks & Recreation. “After a very difficult year for everyone, we think it’s important to get kids back in programs, socializing, learning, and playing.”

The facility has a gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, lounge, game room, Funland room for younger campers, outdoor space, basketball court, baseball diamond, playground, and a few classrooms for programming. Camp hours are 7:30am-6pm Monday-Friday, June 28-August 27, to accommodate working parents’ various schedules. Jefferson is located at 250 Athens Blvd.

Jefferson Summer Camp operated successfully for eight weeks in 2020, with approval and cooperation from New York State, Erie County, Town of Tonawanda, and Ken-Ton officials. Though guidelines specific to summer day camps have not yet been released by NYS for 2021, anticipated guidelines include masks, social distancing, and limited gatherings. As such, we will be limiting our enrollment and encourage early registration. Furthermore, off-site field trips have not yet been planned, and if they are able to be offered would be as an “a la carte” option at an additional cost.

The cost is $195 per week for Town of Tonawanda and Village of Kenmore residents, or $247 per week for non-residents. There is a sibling discount available to Access Card holders. We do offer two part-time options: Monday/Wednesday/Friday enrollment or Tuesday/Thursday enrollment.

Registration opens March 8 for Town of Tonawanda & Village of Kenmore residents and on March 29 for non-residents. You can sign up at the Youth, Parks & Recreation office at 299 Decatur Road (open Monday-Friday 8am-4pm) and online at www.ttypr.com. Those interested in checking out the facility, meeting the staff, and trying some of the activities are encouraged to register for the Camp Preview Day on April 6; registration required by March 23.

More information is available at www.ttypr.com. Please contact Nicole Fields at 831-1001 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2021

Town of Tonawanda Senior Center

Open for limited programs

The Town of Tonawanda Senior Center, located at 291 Ensminger Rd., has reopened for a limited number of programs.  On Monday, February 22, 2021 Erie County and Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels will once again begin serving hot lunches at the Senior Center.  Seniors must be signed up in advance to receive the meal so that the appropriate number of meals can be ordered.  Lunch is served at noon in the cafetorium and the suggested donation is $3.00 per meal.  Seniors are seated at either end of a 6’ banquet table with the tables spaced 10’ apart.  Carl Szarek, Councilman and Chairman of the Youth Parks and Recreation Committee says “it’s so important to have seniors back at the Senior Center.  This pandemic has been very difficult on everyone, including senior citizens.  It will be so good for them to come back to the Senior Center to see their friends and enjoy a hot, nutritious lunch with them.”  At this time, they are also offering a frozen meal program in conjunction with Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels.  Seniors that are registered for this program drive through the Senior Center parking lot on Monday mornings at 11:00am and receive 5 nutritious frozen meals along with an additional bag that contains milk, bread & desserts to accompany the meals.  The suggested donation for this program is $3.00 per meal ($15 per week).  “This program had been a wonderful addition to the nutrition program at the Senior Center.  It has allowed seniors to continue receiving nutritious meals while the center was closed due to Covid-19.  They are currently planning on continuing the program even though the hot lunch program is also getting ready to start up again” says Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger.  The menus for both the hot & frozen meals can be found on the Town of Tonawanda website under Senior Center.

The Senior Center has also opened up for some limited programs.  They are offering exercise classes to its members on Mondays & Thursdays and preventing falls on Fridays.  Members can call the Senior Center to sign up for these classes, but class size is limited.  They have also restarted all of the classes that were interrupted due to closing down again in November.  All individuals that were signed up have been notified. Town of Tonawanda Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mark D. Campanella Sr. says “we are excited to welcome seniors back to the Senior Center for their programs and classes.  It is so important for the health & well-being of senior citizens to be active, out of their houses, and with their friends.  The Senior Center is extremely careful about wellness checks as people enter the building, requiring seniors to be socially distant from each other, wearing masks, and they sanitize any areas that were used or touched.”  A new block of classes will be offered beginning the week of March 15th.  Dates and costs vary.  The list of classes with dates & costs can be found on the Town of Tonawanda website under Senior Center/Bulletin flyers.  Sign up for these classes is going on now until March 12, 2021.   At this time, the Senior Center is not open to groups for cards, table tennis, pool, woodshop, or other programs that share equipment or do not allow seniors to be socially distant.

If you are interested in joining the Town of Tonawanda Senior Center & are a resident of the Town of Tonawanda, the cost is $17.00.  If you are a nonresident, the cost is $25.  Memberships are good for a year from the date you joined. 

The Town of Tonawanda Senior Center is a part of the Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department and is committed to providing quality programs and facilities to all of its members.  If you would like more information about any of their programs, please call Tricia Pray or Sandy Preziuso at 874-3266.


Today is Monday, August 31st.

All games are on as scheduled. 

Thank you,

Scott Brinkman

Recreation Coordinator


The Town of Tonawanda’s Youth Parks & Recreation Department looks forward to the possibility of your Business Becoming a Corporate Sponsor, Lets Work Together to Build Your Business and Our Programs! If you are interested in more information click on the link below.

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Youth, Parks & Recreation FAQ's

No, you don’t, although residents will pay a reduced as compared to non-residents. Aquatic and Fitness Center

You must be 60 years old to join. Senior Citizen Center

The temperatures are approximately 82, 84 and 102 degrees, respectively.