Mae Stecker Park: Play, Walk, & Relax in Shelby

Whatever you and your children enjoy doing on a lovely
summer day – be it playing sports, fishing, goofing around on the playground or
taking a walk, Shelby Township’s Mae Stecker Park is sure to please.

Definitely put a visit here on your summer-is-almost-over
bucket list!

 This park is a real gem. It may not look like much from the
road, but this park on 24 Mile Road has baseball diamonds, basketball courts,
tennis courts, a 1.5-mile hiking trail that runs around a lovely pond, three
cool play structures for kids ages 2-12, sand volleyball, tons of picnic
tables, benches, shade and more. You could easily spend several hours here. Children
of all ages, from toddlers to teens can find something to do here, so if you
have a group that wants a fun summer outing, this park should be on your list.

There is even a pavilion you can rent, and an adorable fairy garden. So cute!

There are restrooms (we’ve been here several times and
sometimes they are open and sometimes not) and Port-a-potties, plenty of trash
cans and seating for parents. There’s also a lot of shady areas to have a
picnic lunch or take a break.

The play structures aren’t fenced in but there are plenty of
cool features for kids ages 2 and up. Even older kids will like the play
structures. My 7-year-old found plenty to love.

We also enjoyed walking around the pond and will definitely
come back and try to catch a fish or two.

There is also an easy geocache in this park, if that’s your
thing; just note that there is LOTS of poison ivy in the area where it is
hidden so use caution. Not sure what geocaching is? Here are five things to know before you go!

This park, named for a former Shelby Township clerk, opened
in 1974 and is 14 acres. The address is 8600 24 Mile Road in Shelby Township.
It’s just east of Van Dyke.

Korie Wilkins

Korie is a work at home mom to an energetic little boy. She loves big books, chocolate, writing and crochet. A recovering former journalist, Korie is also a wife, cook and allergy mama. Follow her on Twitter at @koriemw.

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