These programs offer kids ages 17 and under safe, affordable and fun options for after school activities with their friends.

Open Gym @ Beech Woods Recreation Center
Monday through Friday 3:30-6:00 p.m.    
Ages 9 - 17 years old
$2/day for Southfield residents; $4/day for non-residents
This program offers you the chance to drop in any day during the week for a pick up game of basketball.

To participate in Open Gym, participants must be pre-registered. Pre-registration is done prior to participation, with the child and parent/guardian present, at the Beech Woods Recreation Center office only. Parents must bring child's Birth Certificate with them when registering. Once the child is pre-registered, they will be allowed participation in after school gym programs at Beech Woods Recreation Center for the summer. Pre-registration allows us to better control and supervise the facility to make the recreation center a safe place for the entire community.

For more information, please call the Beech Woods Recreation Center at (248) 796-4670.


Southfield YAC (Youth Advisory Committee)

YAC, is an assembly of 7th through 12th grade students who live in, or attend school in, Southfield or Lathrup Village. We serve as the youth branch of the Southfield Community Foundation. Our goal is to encourage youth in our community to be leaders, to express themselves, and to encourage them to make a difference in their community. We do this by giving grants to support our community and by hosting events for youth year round. You can learn more about the Youth Adivosry Council by visiting their website here YAC (Youth Advisory Committee) or by following them on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/SouthfieldYAC

Volunteer Information

(to satisfy Community Service requirement)
Volunteer at a Special Event
The success the Parks & Recreation Department enjoys with its special events is due in no small part to the generous help of our volunteers. From helping in behind-the-scenes ways such as with set up or clean up, to helping throughout the event in situations such as running a game area or helping with the children’s arts and crafts area, volunteers are an essential part of our programs. Please email Janet Husaynu, jhusaynu@cityofsouthfield.com or call (248) 796-4617 if you are willing to volunteer at a Parks & Recreation Department special event. Community service will be documented for any credit needed.

Volunteer to Help with Senior or Therapeutic Recreation Programs
The City of Southfield has specific volunteer opportunities available relating to seniors and/or therapeutic recreation (recreation programs designed for those individuals with disabilities). Opportunities to work directly with these groups within programs such as bounce volleyball, wheelchair basketball, golf, tennis, etc. are available by contacting Claudia Brewer cbrewer@cityofsouthfield.com at (248) 796-4673. Contact hours will be recorded for those needing documentation for school.