RecThe City of Albion's Recreational Activities is now provided by the YMCA Battle Creek, with various events hosted at Washington Gardner, the Bohm Theatre, and many outdoor locations throughout Albion. These activities within the community are geared to enhance the cultural, psychological, social, physical, and educational well-being of the residents of Albion. Our mission is to get residents involved in healthier lifestyles and habits that foster a more vibrate, engaged and productive community.

COST: Free to Albion Residents (made possible through City of Albion Recreation/Battle Creek Family YMCA partnership) $5 for non-residents

WHO:  Anyone & Family Friendly (children under 16 must have a parent present)
SIZE:  Up to 25 Participants per class
(masks required indoors)
WHERE: Washington Gardner, 401 East Michigan Ave., Enter through the west door off Berrien St. Free Parking available on Berrien.
We are also hosting events at the Bohm Theatre, throughout the
City of Albion Parks and outdoor lots.  Please join us!

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As we close out the year and the leaves have all fallen, temperatures continue to drop, and the sun appears less and less I am reminded of a quote by an author unknown stating Be patient with yourself. Nothing in nature blooms all year.”  Why would I be reminded of this quote you may ask? Well, Often during the winter months as we reflect on the year and make new goals for the upcoming year, we can become extra critical of self. Many of us may become restless and sad as the holiday season can spark feelings of inadequacy due to financial strain or maybe this is the first year without a loved one. This, coupled with the lack of sunlight and warmth can unfortunately bring about Seasonal Depression. My goal today is to simply remind you to be patient with yourself and others this Holiday season. I encourage you to get out and walk-even if there is no sun in sight, find a friend to talk to, start therapy, or join us for a class. Whatever the case may be find time to truly care for yourself mentally as wellness starts from the inside out. Remember sometimes it is necessary for us to rest for a season to bloom and thrive in the next season.
Highlight from last week
  • Holiday-Gospel Line Dancing on Monday evenings at 6pm has been a HIT! Elijah and Marquetta have truly become a fan favorite! See attached pictures!
  • Thank you to MPS staff for building and installing our pool steps! We are grateful to be a part of such a supportive community. 
Fun Fact of the Week
  • The Opportunity School pool is OPEN! It has been a long time coming however we have Water Aerobics back on Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6:15pm
Looking Forward
  • Be on the lookout for more information on our Winter Family Fun Night coming this January!
  • Are you or someone you know a certified fitness instructor who is interested in leading a class in Albion? Please don’t hesitate to email me at
  • We are still looking for dependable lifeguards to support our Aquatic Program. CPR and Lifeguard certification provided!
  • Cardio Drumming is still going strong every Wednesday starting at 6pm! Be prepared to sweat to the beat!
Plan your Week
  • Join us during the lunch hour Friday’s at 11:00am at the Opportunity School for Walk & Talk Fitness where we engage in meaningful conversations and build community. 
  • Don’t forget Boxing with Jaquil Saturdays at 11:00am! 
  • Follow us on Facebook here to stay up to date on schedules, and to see pictures at: Battle Creek Family YMCA
Quote of the Week:
“A healthy outside starts from the inside.”
– Robert 

The Albion Recreation Department can be found on Facebook.

Rec. Desk Registration and Information

Historically the Albion Recreation Departments primary emphasis has been to provide activities for youth between the ages of 4 and 14 years of age. As the City changes demographically, the Recreation Department has and continues to explore programming to meet the recreational needs of the entire Albion Community.

The Albion Recreation Department, through partnerships with Marshall Public Schools, Albion College, The Battle Creek YMCA and other non - profit organizations utilizes a wide array of facilities within the city to provide programming for it's residents. This enables the Recreation Department to offer highly successful programs such as Mommy and Me Swimming; Water Aerobics; The Annual Easter Egg Hunt; The Daddy Daughter Dance; Summer Dreams Enrichment Camp; Peapod Summer Camp; Youth Football; Youth Basketball; Music in the Park; Free Movie and Lunch at the Bohm Theatre; The Community Bike Ride Program; T-Ball (which originated in Albion by then Recreation Director Jerry Sacharski) and more to the community.

While the primary goal of the City Recreation Department is to engage residents in leisure activities and to provide healthy lifestyle choices, we also understand and accept the responsibility to prepare our school-age youth for the educational and behavioral expectations of high school and beyond. To this end, many youth programs require that participants meet an academic and behavior standard to participate.

The City of Albion Recreation Department is funded through a Special Recreation Millage, part of which helps fund The Forks Senior Center. The Recreation Departments budget is augmented by grant funding, private donations, and program fees.