I have to say, I am kind of in love with summer. So what if it is hot, I’m a water baby, and my kids are water babies, and well, it is not fun playing in the sprinkler or swimming in the pool in any other season but summer. So, you can image how excited I was to hear that Brandenburg Park opened a splash pad this summer. (This article was originally published in 2013)
Brandenburg Park is a 17-acre park located on the shoreline of Anchor Bay. Situated on Jefferson Avenue about ½ Mile south of 23 Mile Road, the park offers basketball, tennis, and sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic areas, boat launches, restroom facilities, an ADA accessible playground, a children’s play area, a hike/bike path and a 500 foot pier extending into Lake St. Clair.
The Wayne and Joan Webber Splash Park in Chesterfield is open from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, weather permitting.
Brandenburg Park is located off of Jefferson, a few miles north of Selfridge AFB and just south of 23 Mile. See a map here.
Parking is $5 per car, with season passes available. Check the website for current rates. In 2013, signs were posted at the entrance stating that exact change or small bills were required for entry. I overheard one mother say that they turned her away at the gate because they didn’t have change for her $10. We recommend that you bring a $5 just to be safe.
I like how the splash pad is close to the parking and there are plenty of picnic tables and pavilions for lunches. Although seating around the splash pad was very sparse, three benches hardly accommodated all of the parents. The splash pad itself had a lot of fun features. Rosa had a blast running around and through all the water, while Carlyn played in water jets that sprayed from the ground. Compared to Metro Beach, this is much smaller.
They need more seating (so bring your own chairs)
The play surface is cement, so I don’t recommend the splash pad for crawlers.
The rest of the park is beautiful. Lots of shade, play equipment, a pier for fishing, volleyball court, pavilions for picnics, indoor restroom, concessions (need small bills or exact change) and more. One thing though, although they were not an issue on the splash pad, the fish flies were horrendous in the park. They swarmed us as we walked to the play equipment. Best avoid the shade, as that is where they like to hang out.