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Bennett Recreation Center

Renting the Bennett Recreation Center

If you're looking for an affordable location to hold your next event, consider the Bennett Recreation Center in Howell!  We have a variet
y of rooms available that offer the perfect venue for activities, both public and private, including: parties, dinners or luncheons, business meetings, weddings, showers, receptions, concerts, high school graduations, or family reunions. Call us for details and information on how the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority can help you plan for a memorable event.

History of the Bennet Recreation Center

The Howell Recreation Center is a facility for use by the residents, old and young alike, of the City of Howell and adjacent townships, who participate in the recreation program according to the requirements prescribed by the City of Howell Recreation Commission. The program for the facility will be administered by the Recreation Commission and supervised by the Director, Paul Bennett. The Howell Recreation Center is dedicated to the citizens of the Howell area, the people who will use and enjoy it.Click here for more history.

To find out more information about hosting your event, call 517/546-0693 ext. 0.  Click here to download a copy of our rental application.



Our facilities are available for rent during the following hours 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. If you are interested in renting our facilities for an overnight or group lock-in, please contact the Director for additional pricing. 


Bennett Recreation Center has limited parking facilities with 55 parking spaces with 5 designated for handicap parking. 

Priority Booking

When not occupied by the activities of the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority, priority of use for scheduling is in the following order:

  1. Residents (defined as owning a business or residing in the City of Howell, Oceola Township, Genoa Township or Marion Township) and community organizations (defined as those organizations that are based and doing a majority of their service or programs for residents of Livingston County.)
  2. All others.

 Submitting your Application

Applications for rentals will NOT be taken by telephone.  There are two ways to submit your application. 

  1. You can bring a copy of your signed application and cash, check or credit card information to the Bennett Recreation Center during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 9-1 p.m. on Saturday). 
  2. You can fax a copy of your signed application with credit card information to 517.546.6018.

Application approval takes approximately two (2) business days to process.  Once your application and payment has been processed and accepted, we will call you to confirm the date and time of your event/function. 

Rental Pricing

All reservations will be on a first come, first served basis when rental fee and application approval has been submitted.  All rental fees must be paid for at time of application and preferably 30 days prior to the scheduled event date. 


BENNETT Large Room and Kitchen  (can accommodate 125 individuals)

2332 sq. feet (55’ X 42’)


     Resident $150 per 4 hour rental, additional hours billed at $38/hour

     Non-Resident $220 per 4 hour rental, additional hours billed at $55/hour

Non-Profit, Charitable, Educational, Religious, and/or Fraternal Organizations that are located in or do significant business in Livingston County - $20/hour

BENNETT Small Meeting Room (can accommodate 30 individuals)

638 sq. feet (29’ X 22’)

For Profit

     Resident - $90 per 4 hour rental, additional hours billed at $23/hour

     Non-Resident - $150 per 4 hour rental, additional hours billed at $38/hour

Non-Profit, Charitable, Educational, Religious, and/or Fraternal Organizations that are located in or do significant business in Livingston County - $20/hour


Recurring Rentals

Many organizations use our facilities on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.  Application agreements will be accepted for the coming year after December 1st of the current year.  You must prepay for all dates when application is submitted.  There are no discounts for recurring rentals.  Rental rates for the upcoming year will be set by November.


There are NO refunds if you cancel your application 30 days or less prior to your event/function.  There are also NO refunds if you do not show up on the day of your event.  NO EXCEPTIONS.   In the event of inclement weather or utility malfunction beyond our control that requires the Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority to close either of our facilities, you will be issued a full refund OR we can issue you a voucher that may be used to re-book your event/function with us at a time and date mutually agreed on within the next year. 

Amenities at Bennett Recreation Center

Outdoor playground and 4 tennis courts on site.  Air conditioned facilities.  Kitchen area provides use of sinks, 12 burner stove, refrigerator (no freezer capabilities), microwave, coffee maker and counter area for preparation and serving.  We have 15 large rectangular tables (12’) that can accommodate 12 chairs each and several 8’ rectangular folding tables.  We have 140 padded grey folding chairs and 20 brown faux-leather stacking chairs.  We also have an assortment of dishes, silverware, pots and pans.

A complete line of audio/visual equipment is available including basic cable service, PA system, DVD/CD, VCR, podium with microphone and wireless microphone, 2 overhead projectors, fixed and portable screens, 2 large ceiling hung TV’s in main room, 1 large ceiling hung TV in meeting room.

Rental of additional chairs, tables, dishes, etc, may be necessary to accommodate your needs.



Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority, 925 W. Grand River Ave., Howell, MI 48843
phone: 517/546-0693, Fax: 517/546-6018
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