Parks - General Info

Freeway Park Construction

Freeway Park Play Area Closed for Construction

Please note that demolition of the Freeway Park play area has begun. The Freeway Park play area is closed to the public during the construction process. We will update you as this project progresses.

Freeway Park is the second of 3 total parks that are receiving new play equipment. Work at the Civic Center Park play area is wrapping up, but the area remains closed as workers are still present. Please call Parks Services at (248) 796-4630 with any questions about this project.

Civic Center Park Play Area Closed During Construction

Work on the Civic Center Park playlot has resumed following the holiday break. The play area remains closed during construction.

Civic Center Park isn’t our only park getting a new playlot. The playlots at Bedford Woods and Freeway parks are both scheduled for replacement as well. If you have any questions about this project, please call (248) 796-4630.



Frost Covered Leaves

Park Restrooms Closed for the Season

The restrooms at the Mary Thompson Farm and Civic Center, Inglenook, Pebble Creek and Beech Woods parks are closed through May 1, 2023. Portable restrooms will be available at Inglenook Park (near the existing restrooms) and Civic Center Park (near the tennis courts) through the month of November (weather permitting). These closures are done to safeguard the restrooms from pipes freezing/thawing and causing damage to the facilities.

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.