Rosie’s Park in Madison Heights
For me Rosie’s Park is where memories were made, back when I was much younger. It was my neighborhood park while I was growing up. It was where I played, sometimes from dawn until dusk, where I rode my bike pretending I was the fastest cyclist ever, where I escaped when I found out my parents were getting divorced.
It has changed so much over the past years, but it still holds its same charm as a neighborhood park. It is nestled right in the center of the neighborhoods that are encompassed by 11 mile, John R, 12 mile and Dequindre. The park includes two baseball diamonds, soccer fields, biking hills and half pipe, a wooded nature trail, two play grounds, paved pathways for walking (1/2 mile and 1 mile tracks), a concession stand and restrooms (only open during baseball games).
The two play areas provide the children with a ton of places to climb, slide and swing. The park also has quite a few picnic tables and grills in the wooded area on the north side that provides a great place for a summertime picnic. The nature trail on the south side of the park is just beautiful. It is paved and provides 1/2 mile of peace (provided the people you choose to walk with are peaceful:). )
The park is usually very well maintained. One day before we attended, there had been a giant storm that knocked down several trees within the park, and although it was Labor Day Weekend, cleanup had already began. The Gospel Life Church in Madison Heights also donates their time to help keep the park clean.
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Other Parks in Madison Heights
- Ambassador Park offers trails, a playground, seasonal restrooms, a small sled hill, soccer field, tennis court, ice rink, together with a water fountain on 7 acres.
- Bill Gravel Park is a small .9-acre park that offers grills, picnic tables, and swings.
- Civic Center Park is a 33-acre park that hosts water fountains, basketball, a trail, sledding hills, picnic tables, pavilions, grills, restrooms, sand volleyball as well as a softball field.
- Edison Park offers ball diamonds, a playground as well as a small sledding hill on the 4-acre property.
- Exchange Park is a small .6 acre park that offers picnic tables, grills, together with a swing set.
- Greenleaf Park is located adjacent to Edmonson Elementary. The 4.5-acre park is home to two ball diamonds, while the school hosts several playground structures.
- Huffman Park is home to a basketball court, lighted softball field, play structure together with seasonal restrooms and a water fountain.
- Monroe Park offers a playscape as well as a toddler play area. The one-acre park also hosts a pavilion, picnic tables, a swing set, and a water fountain.
- Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex offers a play structure, pavilion, water fountains, and seasonal restrooms in addition to nine youth soccer fields.
- Rosie’s Park is a 30.9-acre park that offers a variety of sports, picnic tables, grills, play structures, together with seasonal restrooms.
- Senior Center Park offers horseshoe pits, trails, picnic pavilions together with shuffleboard courts.
- Silverleaf Park is home to ball diamonds, restrooms together with picnic tables.
- Suarez Friendship Woods/Red Oaks Nature Center is a 36.5-acre park with 1.3 miles of paved trails.
- Twelve-Sherry Park hosts ball diamonds, a basketball court, an ice rink, picnic tables, a playground, as well as a tennis court.
- Wildwood Park recently updated playground renovation featuring brightly colored playground equipment, swings, climbing structures, and picnic tables.