Jun 12, 2014

10 Metro Detroit Parks We LOVE!

Summer time means more time outside.  We have been searching for the best outdoor play grounds in the Metro Detroit Area and here are some of our top picks.  Please feel free to leave a comment below with your favorite park.  

1. Beverly Park in Beverly Hills is a great place to spend a few hours.  The park hosts two playground structures, swings, volleyball and basketball courts, baseball fields, tennis courts, disc golf course, wooded nature area with trail for biking/walking, a sledding hill and ice skating rink.  The 34 acre park is located at 18801 Beverly Road, between Southfield and Evergreen Roads north of 13 Mile. 

2. Catalpa Oaks in Southfield is located just west of Greenfield Road north of 11 Mile. Catalpa Oaks features 24 acres of open space which hosts six soccer fields, a baseball diamond and softball field.  There are several new additions to the park! A concession/restroom facility that includes family restrooms. Two playgrounds which are ideal for younger and older children. A nice picnic shelter/pavilion and improved parking.

3. Inglenook Park is located in Southfield on 12 Mile Road, between Evergreen & Lahser roads and offers gravel Jogging/Fitness Trails, Neighborhood Ballfields, a spacious Picnic Area (no shelter), Playlot, Restrooms, Nature Area and Public Parking. 

  • 4. George George Park is located in Clinton Township, on Moravian between Harrington and Cass Avenue.  This thirty acre park includes three play structures, toddler and child sized swings, covered pavilions, fountain plaza, 5000 feet of walking and bike paths, a wedding garden (great for photos too), benches, picnic tables, a public restrooms, garbage and plenty of trees for shade. 

5. Stony Creek Metropark is located in Shelby Township.  There are over 4,000 acres to explore filled with bike and walking trails, beaches, picnic areas and so much more. We love the play structure at Eastwood Beach. 

6. Marshbank Park - West Bloomfield. {guest blogger Lisa Rutter from the No Nuts Moms Group of Michigan} The park grounds were renovated in late 2010. As you enter the park, there is a new large play structure.  Directly behind the play area, there is an indoor shelter with bathrooms, two water fountains and a community room. 

7. Booth Park - Birmingham is located off of Old Woodward a few blocks North of Maple (15 Mile), right in the heart of downtown Birmingham. Parking is available along Old Woodward or along the street but it is all metered, so be sure to bring your change along.  The park features two main structures, a few shaded tables, a variety of swings, two drinking fountains, a sandbox, an AstroTurf hill and beautiful landscaping.  There were a few garbage cans along the perimeter of the park and to my dismay, no public restrooms. 

8. Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex Playground {guest blogger Anna Hyzopski} in Madison Heights is located in Madison Heights on Dartmouth St., (on the East side of John R, north of 12 Mile Road.) It’s right  behind the Lowes Home Improvement store. It is one of the biggest playgrounds I’ve seen. It has a bit of everything and nicely tucked away with fencing all around. The ground is covered with mulch. It has one large play structure which has a lot of features and one smaller one for the toddlers to enjoy. It also has parallel bars, spinning monkey bars, stand alone mini rock climb, plenty of swings for younger and older children. 

9. Clay Township Park is located at 4710 Pte. Tremble Dr in Clay township.  Basically you take 23 Mile until it turns into 29, and follow that forever. The playground consists of two main structures (one for bigger children and one designed for toddlers), smaller structures (a rock climbing wall and a play house), swings, a sandbox and two bouncing animals.  The kids really enjoyed playing on the equipment.  I love that the spray park is enclosed with three locking entrances.  There are many different water features that go off an on at intervals.  The kids really had a grand time playing in the water. 

10. Fort Fraser at Steffens ParkFort Fraser is a wonderful wooden playground located in Steffens Park in Fraser. The park is located behind Fraser City Hall at 33000 Garfield Rd. just south of 14 Mile Road. The best parking spots for this playground are located on Gladys, right off of Anita Ave. (look for the sign for the VFW Hall).

Fort Fraser at Steffens Park
What is your favorite Metro Detroit Park!  Leave a comment below! 

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  1. Friendship Park in Lake Orion ! It's an all new structure with plenty of things to do ! They are also going to build another structure specifically for children with special needs !

    1. Thank you, we will check that one out this summer:)

  2. Fort Fraser in Fraser is a great one too...its a huge wooden castle.

    1. We were just there this past Friday. Working on the review this week. Thank you for the tip.

  3. What about the park in downtown brighton? It's sweet!

  4. What about the park in downtown brighton? It's sweet!

  5. I have to say that if we are looking at just outside of Metro Detroit the Oakland County Parks are amazing. Independence Oaks in Clarkston is Amazing!

  6. The one in brownstown at King and Telegraph. It has multiple play structures for kids of all ages, swings, a sandbox, and a huge splash pad. It also has a concession stand and indoor bathrooms. My kids can stay there all day

  7. How can you possibly leave out Belle Isle's fabulous playground?!