Parks - General Info


Come experience a nighttime walk through the Civic Center Park Nature Trails in search of nocturnal animals. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight, lantern, or head lamp.


There is no charge or need to pre-register. The group will meet near the Civic Center Park Picnic Shelter #1 (behind the Southfield Sports Arena, near the playground).

Shelter Announcement

Picnic Shelter Reservations Begin March 1

Picnic shelter reservations will begin at 9 am on Friday, March 1 in Room 115 of the Parks & Recreation Building. Southfield residents wishing to rent one of the 4 available shelters at Beech Woods, Civic Center and Pebble Creek parks are asked to please bring their ID showing their Southfield residence, payment (cash or credit only), at least 2 back-up dates for their get together and their patience. Doors to the Parks & Recreation Building will open at 8 am and rentals will begin at 9 am.
Please note:
• Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and must be made in person by a City of Southfield adult resident or a Business Leisure Card holder. One permit, per person, per day.
Please call (248) 796-4620 for more information or check out the flyer below.

Picnic Shelters Summer 2024
Carpenter Lake Announcement

Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve is Closed for Construction

Update December 2023
Construction at Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve has experienced delays in paving and construction and will not reopen to the public until the spring when both phases are complete. If you are looking for parks with trails for walking this winter, there are several trails at nearby parks that are available. Bauervic Woods, Inglenook, Civic Center, Miller and Simms parks all feature popular trails both paved and natural. Valley Woods and Berberian Woods Nature Preserve all also great choices.

Exciting updates are coming to the Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve!! Thanks in part to a $600,000 Michigan Economic Development Grant, construction began Monday, July 31 on the expansion and improvement of the parking lot at the park as well as the addition of a small open-air shelter and an all-season restroom facility. The open-air shelter (max capacity of 25 people) will be used as a classroom for nature programs.

The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for 774 acres of park land and open space at 33 sites throughout the City. Carpenter Lake and Valley Woods Nature Preserves account for 333 acres of dedicated natural area within the city. The Department is also responsible for a number of historical properties including the Burgh Historical Park, the Miller Barn at Inglenook Park, the Historic Code House and the Mary Thompson Farm. 

Residents can enjoy Southfield's beautiful parks throughout the entire year, whether heading out for an impromptu picnic in the summer or taking a leisurely walk along one of the nature trails to enjoy the fall colors. Southfield also offers some of the most accessible play lots in the metro area, so get the whole family out and exercising together with a trip to one today! In addition, there are numerous parks throughout the City featuring amenities such as ballfields, tennis and basketball courts as well as sand volleyball courts and fitness/walking trails. Parks are open year-round from dawn to dusk and there are no park entrance fees.

For more information on individual parks, please call the Parks Services division at (248) 796-4630.

Help Maintain Southfield Parks

Although crews inspect Southfield’s park sites on a regular basis, damage or vandalism may occur between crew visits. If you notice broken playground equipment, unsafe conditions or vandalism, please contact us at (248) 796-4630.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Your business or organization can contribute to the community by joining our Adopt-A-Park program. Please refer to the Sponsorship Opportunities section for more information on this program.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Park Rules

  • Parks open from dawn to dusk.
  • Alcoholic beverages prohibited.
  • All pets must be leashed and controlled.
  • Golf is prohibited in park areas.
  • No motorized vehicles are permitted beyond the parking lot.
  • Please place litter in receptacles provided.
  • No loitering.
  • Group use by permit only.
  • Pet droppings must be collected and removed by pet owner.
  • Remote or radio-controlled aircraft prohibited.
  • Feeding of wildlife prohibited.
  • Fire in grills only.
  • Fireworks prohibited.
  • Dumping of household trash prohibited.
  • Playing loud music will not be permitted.
  • Tents not authorized by Southfield Parks and Recreation prohibited.