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Bloomer Park: Fun and Nature Go Hand in Hand

An afternoon at Bloomer Park in Rochester is a study in fun and nature. With its extensive trail system and three separate playgrounds, this 200-acre park is a four-season recreation hub.

A draw for local cyclists because of the velodrome, this park also brings in families looking to hike, picnic and play. In the winter, there is a wonderful toboggan hill and you might also get lucky and catch a cricket match on one of the fields.

 

 

There are bathrooms, plenty of trashcans, picnic tables and three shelters you can reserve. Your kids won’t be bored exploring the three playgrounds, which feature activities for children 2 and up. None of the
playgrounds are fenced in, however. There is also ample shade.

 

One drawback to Bloomer Park is that it costs money to enter. If there is someone at the gate (which isn’t always the case, due to staffing), it’s $5 for a Rochester or Rochester Hills resident or $10 for non-residents.
It’s also $35 for an annual pass. You can also enter for free on foot or on a bike.

 

On a recent weekday afternoon, the park was nearly deserted. It’s always very clean and mostly quiet there. If you have bigger kids, don’t forget to burn some energy on the big, wooden staircase behind the stone
structure. This hidden gem descends into a nature trail that eventually leads to Yates Park (and Yates Cider Mill).

 

The park, at 345 John R Road, also has volleyball courts and lots of open spaces for running and playing. It’s open from 8 a.m. until dusk and is especially beautiful in the fall with the colors.

 

Fun fact: According to the Rochester Hills website, Bloomer Park was a state park from 1924 until the City of Rochester Hills took ownership in 1994.

 

Other Parks in Rochester Hills

  • Avon Nature Study Area is a 102.5-acre park that offers nature trails, wildlife viewing, a pond as well as a gazebo.
  • Avondale Park a park that features sports fields for rent together with a playground and picnic areas.
  • Bloomer Park is a 200-acre community park. The park features sports fields, picnic shelters, a velodrome, trials as well as a play area. There is a fee to use this park.
  • Earl E. Borden Park is a 143-acre sports park. This park hosts sports fields, batting cages, tennis courts, basketball courts together with a roller hockey rink.
  • Eugene S. Nowicki Park is a 340-acre undeveloped park.
  • Helen V. Allen Park features softball diamonds on it’s 4.5 acres.
  • Innovation Hills is currently under development. The park features a beautiful green space with lighted pathways together with fragrant gardens.
  • Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is located along Stony creek. The farm offers tours, special events day camps as well as weddings.
  • Thelma G Spencer Park is a 113-acre park. The community park has an entry fee and features a beautiful lake together with a beach area for swimming.
  • Veterans Memorial Pointe is a 5.1-acre park. The park features a granite monument, gazebo as well as a memorial pathway.
  • Wabash Park is a small neighborhood park. Offers a picnic area, community gardens together with a small playground.
  • Yates Park is located directly across from Yates Cider Mill. The park hosts several picnic tables as well as many fishing sites along the Clinton River.

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