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10 Best Parks in Metro Detroit With Amazing Playgrounds

Warmer weather likely means more time outside for you and your family.  If you are looking for the perfect park with a playground near you, then check out our list below.  

Beverly Park in Beverly Hills

1. The Beverly Park in Beverly Hills is a great place to spend a few hours.  The site hosts two playground structures together with swings. Sports lovers will enjoy volleyball as well as basketball courts, baseball fields, tennis courts, disc golf course. There is also a wooded nature area with a trail for biking/walking, a sledding hill and ice skating rink.  The 34-acre public space is located at 18801 Beverly Road, between Southfield and Evergreen Roads north of 13 Mile.

Beverly Park

Catalpa Oaks in Southfield 

2. Catalpa Oaks in Southfield is located just west of Greenfield Road north of 11 Mile. Catalpa Oaks features 24 acres of open space which hosts six soccer fields, a baseball diamond as well as a softball field.  There are several new additions to the space! A concession/restroom facility that also includes family restrooms. Two playgrounds which are ideal for younger and older children. A nice picnic shelter/pavilion and also improved parking.

Catalpa Oaks in Southfield

Inglenook Park in Southfield

3. Inglenook Park is located in Southfield, on 12 Mile Road, between Evergreen & Lahser roads and offers sports fans a gravel Jogging/Fitness Trails and also Neighborhood Ballfields. Families will enjoy a spacious Picnic Area (no shelter), Playlot, Restrooms, Nature Area as well as Public Parking.

 George George Park 

4. George George Park is located in Clinton Township on Moravian between Harrington and Cass Avenue.  This thirty-acre recreation area includes three play structures, toddler and child-sized swings, covered pavilions, fountain plaza, 5000 feet of walking and also bike paths. There is also a wedding garden (great for photos too), benches, picnic tables, a public restrooms, garbage and plenty of trees for shade.

George George Park in Clinton Township

Stony Creek Metropark

5. Stony Creek Metropark is located in Shelby Township. There are over 4,000 acres to explore filled with bike and walking trails, beaches, picnic areas and so much more. We love the play structure at Eastwood Beach.

Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township

Marshbank Park

6. Marshbank Park – West Bloomfield. The grounds were renovated in late 2010. As you enter the park, there is a large play structure.  Directly behind the play area, there is an indoor shelter with bathrooms, two water fountains and also a community room.

Marshbank Park in West Bloomfield

 Booth Park 

7. Booth Park – Birmingham Booth Park is located off of Old Woodward a few blocks North of Maple (15 Mile), right in the heart of downtown Birmingham. Parking is available along Old Woodward or along the street but it is all metered, so be sure to bring your change along.  The park features two main structures, a few shaded tables, a variety of swings, two drinking fountains, a sandbox, an AstroTurf hill as well as beautiful landscaping.  There were also a few garbage cans along the perimeter of the park and to my dismay, no public restrooms.

Booth Park in Birmingham

Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex Playground

8. Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex Playground in Madison Heights is located in Madison Heights on Dartmouth St., (on the East side of John R, north of 12 Mile Road.) It’s right  behind the Lowes Home Improvement store. It is one of the biggest playgrounds in the area. It has a bit of everything and nicely tucked away with fencing all around. The ground is covered with mulch. It has one large play structure which has a lot of features as well as one smaller one for the toddlers to enjoy. It also has parallel bars, spinning monkey bars, stand alone mini rock climb, plenty of swings for younger and older children.

Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex Playground

Scarlet’s Playground at Dodge Park

9. Scarlet’s Playground in Dodge Park in Commerce Township is one of our favorite playgrounds in metro Detroit. The playground is located within Dodge Park #5. The 106-acre park features a playground, wooded paths, a water fountain, athletic fields, a pavilion, picnic tables as well as paved parking. The northern section of this park was once part of the State of Michigan parks donated by the Dodge family.

Scarlet's Playground in commerce township

Fort Fraser

10. Fort Fraser at Steffens Park – Fort Fraser is a wonderful wooden playground located in Steffens Park in Fraser. The park is located behind Fraser City Hall at 33000 Garfield Rd. just south of 14 Mile Road. The best parking spots for this playground are located on Gladys, right off of Anita Ave. (look for the sign for the VFW Hall).    

Fort Fraser at Steffens Park

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