Turn of the century outbuildings hold artifacts and exhibits about life in Southfield from its 1830’s inception as a farming community until today. A gorgeous garden as well as a gazebo make Burgh Historical Park a peaceful city retreat and event space.
Burgh Historical Park in Southfield
This park centers around gardens and restored historic buildings. It is perfect for a peaceful walk or an educational afternoon, as opposed to a playscape park experience. The Old Town Hall was the first governmental structure, built in 1872. This was the location of social gatherings as well as Township meetings and elections. During the United States Bicentennial, in 1976, this building became the home of the Southfield Historical Society.
In addition to providing an amazing historical resource for the community, this site also hosts many events throughout the year. Normally, the site hosts summer Gazebo concerts as well as a tree lighting ceremony in December.
The site is also home to a Fire Station, Simmons House, Methodist Church, Parks House and the Gazebo. You can visit the Southfield Public Library’s website for more background on the park as well as each building.
Burgh Historical Park in Southfield Hours, Location and Admission
The park is located on the northeast corner of Civic Center Drive and Berg Road in Southfield.
Burgh Historical Park Address: 23960 Civic Center Dr, Southfield, MI 48033.
The grounds are always open, but the buildings are currently closed due to COVID restrictions.
Other Parks in Southfield
- Bauervic Woods Park – A 80 acre nature preserve with a colorful playground. The heavily forested area also hosts nature trails and picnic facilities.
- Bedford Woods Park – a 14 acre neighborhood park. The park features a playground as well as sports and picnic facilities.
- Beech Woods Park is an 81 acre community park. Guests can enjoy a sports arena, golf course, and also a golf range. Visitors can utilize the playground as well as tennis courts, volleyball and picnic facilities with grills.
- Berberian Woods Nature Preserve – Features nature trails.
- Brace Park – hosts neighborhood ballfields as well as public parking.
- Burgh Historical Park – 7 acre historical site with flower gardens.
- Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve – 42 acre property with nature trails as well as benches throughout the park. The site also features accessible fishing and viewing platforms.
- Civic Center Park – Community park with a plethora of sports fields as well as nature trails. The site also features a playground, outdoor swimming pool and picnic facilities.
- Freeway Park – plaground
- Inglenook Park – Community park with a Boundless Playground, nature area, as well as picnic facilities. Visitors can also enjoy ballfields and fitness trails.
- John Grace Park – Features Roller Hockey together with a tennis court and ballfield. This park also features a playground area.
- John R Miller – Guests can enjoy sports fields as well as picnic tables and a super cute playground.
- Lincoln Woods – This park features nature trails together with wetland areas.
- Mary Thompson House and Farm – Community gardens and historical site.
- Pebble Creek Park – Enjoy a fitness trail as well as soccer field and tennis courts. The site also hosts a playground.
- Simms Park – Guests can enjoy a playground together with picnic facilities and ballfields.
- Stratford Woods Commons – This site features a playground and picnic area.
- Valley Woods Nature Preserve – This land hosts nature trails and is also a nice spot for fishing.
Connect with Southfield
More Family Fun in Southfield
Southfield Public Library
This location offers a Dragon’s Den within the “Once Upon a Time” themed children’s area. Enjoy the Secret Garden outside as well as the nature trails.
Detroit Kid City
Detroit Kid City is set up with many different building themed rooms for young children to explore and allows their imagination to roam in a space where dramatic play is king. A barber shop, pizzeria, market, school house, bank and many other areas are loaded with tools of the trade that encourage children to pretend and be creative.
Inglenook Park in Southfield is a Boundless Playground designed for children of all abilities. The farm-themed playground is located in Southfield on 12 Mile Road, between Evergreen & Lahser roads. The park also offers gravel Jogging/Fitness Trails, Neighborhood Ballfields, a spacious Picnic Area (no shelter), Playlot, Restrooms, Nature Area and Public Parking.
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