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.
Open Gym @ Beech Woods Recreation Center
The Beech Woods Recreation center is currently closed. Please check their Facebook page (@BeechWoodsRecCenter) for updates.
Ages 9 - 17 years old
Monday through Friday 3:30-6:00 pm
$3/day for Southfield residents; $5/day for non-residents
$1 fee to replace a lost Open Gym Membership Card.
Parents/adults are NOT allowed on the court during Youth Open Gym.
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 for the year. Pre-registration allows us to better control and supervise the facility to make the recreation center a safe place for the entire community.
Parents/adults are NOT allowed on the court during Open Gym. Open Gym is limited to 20 kids per court (60 total participants).
For more information, please call the Beech Woods Recreation Center at (248) 796-4670.
(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 Cathy Fresia, email@example.com or call her at (248) 796-4603 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 firstname.lastname@example.org at (248) 796-4673. Contact hours will be recorded for those needing documentation for school.