Parks - General Info
Update - April 7, 2020
All Parks & Recreation Department classes, programs and rentals are cancelled or postponed through April 30 or further notice. Additionally, all Southfield Parks & Recreation facilities (Parks & Recreation Building, Southfield Pavilion, Beech Woods Recreation Center, Southfield Sports Arena, Arts & Activities Building, Evergreen Hills Golf Course, Beech Woods Driving Range and Burgh Historical Park buildings ) are closed to the public. The TOSS (Transportation of Southfield Seniors) program has suspended service until further notice. Residents needing transportation to medical appointments or shopping/pharmacy visits during this time are being referred to the SMART Connector program (https://www.smartbus.org/Services/Connector/Using-Connector-Service.) All playground equipment, tennis courts, racquetball courts, sand volleyball courts, athletic fields, restrooms and picnic shelters are closed until further notice in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
All parks remain open to the public during this time for fitness activities such as walking, jogging and bike rides. Park visitors are reminded to observe the CDC’s minimum recommended physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times while in the parks. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or leave that park for the time being. Please note that outdoor amenities such as benches and fencing are not sanitized so please follow the CDC health and safety guidelines. Remember to wash your hands and carry hand sanitizer. Please do not use trails if you have symptoms. Please bring a suitable trash bag with you to the park and leave no trash.
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.
Picnic Shelter Reservation Information
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.
- 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.