Neff Park Use

Neff Park Office
Monday to Friday: 8 am — 4 pm

Closed on Holidays

Neff Park Rules

  • To enter Neff Park a person must: show a valid pass that has been issued to them; or be accompanied by a resident with a valid pass; or have their name on an approved list.
  • Pets are not allowed in Neff Park. Boat owners may bring a pet directly to their boat if their pet is on a leash.
  • Alcohol is permitted and must be consumed responsibly.
  • Picnic tables must be actively used and cannot be saved or reserved for a later time. Exceptions will be made on nights of home swim meets.
  • Noise must be at a reasonable level; loud noises and music are prohibited.
  • Nothing shall be driven into the ground. Large tents, unauthorized vehicles, skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, roller skates, or anything that could damage park grounds are not permitted in the park.
  • Catered events must be approved in advance.
  • Items such as signs and balloons shall not be attached to or placed at the park entrance, on park fences, or on park gates. Such items will be removed and disposed of accordingly.

Neff Park Pool  - Will close at 8PM on Monday, September 4, 2023.  Please refer to our Aquatics Page for detailed pool schedule

Neff Park Pavilion Policies

  • A Neff Park Pavilion Request Form must be submitted to the Director at least seven days in advance. Reservation requests will be accepted no more than three months in advance. Pavilion requests may require a group permit.
  • The Pavilion will not be reserved for holidays, for holiday weekends, during city-sponsored events and for other high demand days as deemed by the director
  • Residents may reserve the Pavilion for one of three blocks of time: 6 am to noon, noon to 5pm, or 5pm to close
  • The maximum number of six picnic tables will be allowed at the Pavilion. The host resident may bring in additional of their own use.
  • The Pavilion may not be saved or reserved for a later time. When not in use, the pavilion is available on a first-come, first served basis.
  • City sponsored events will have priority on Pavilion usage.
  • There is a $25 fee to reserve the Pavilion per five-hour period.
  • If the resident is bringing in more non-residents than their pass allows (2 per pass,) a list needs to be left at the front gate.  In order to do this, the individual must also apply for a Group Permit, which is an additional $10.
    • ALL GROUP PERMIT POLICIES WILL APPLY. Please refer to the Group Permit Policies below for more details.
    • Total names on the list cannot exceed 50.
  • Please call the Parks and Recreation Department to check availability.

Neff Park Group Permit Policies

  • For all gatherings of 10 people or more, or for more guests beyond the permitted amount of available park passes in a household, a Neff Park Group Permit Application and a guest list must be submitted to the Director at least seven days in advance. Group Permit Applications will be accepted no more than three months in advance.  A $10 reservation fee will apply.
  • Group permits will not be issued for holidays, for holiday weekends, during city-sponsored events, and for other high demand days as deemed by the Director.
  • A maximum of 50 guests are allowed per group permit. The maximum total number of guests per day for all group permits is 150.
  • Groups will be limited to the following number of tables:
    • Groups of 10 or fewer – 1 table
    • Groups of 10 to 20 – 2 tables or less
    • Groups of 20 to 30 – 3 tables or less
    • Groups of 30 to 40 – 4 tables or less
    • Groups of 40 to 50 – 5 tables or less
  • Group permits will not be issued to minors. Groups of minors must be supervised by an adult.
  • The host resident must be present during the entire duration of the event, as indicated on the issued group permit. The host resident will accept all responsibility for cleaning their respective area before leaving and will ensure that all guests conduct themselves in a responsible manner.
  • All refuse must be placed in waste containers found in the park.
  • A household is limited to 3 permits during the summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day).
  • Residents that intentionally disregard park rules may have their passes confiscated and their entry privileges revoked.

Neff Park Group Permits and Pavilion Reservations will not be issued for the following days:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Winterfest
  • Easter
  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • Memorial Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Independence Day Weekend
  • Michigan Marina Day
  • Family Fiesta
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Labor Day
  • Neff Park Fall Harvest
  • Annual Haunted Park
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Eve

Other dates and times may be restricted due to City Sponsored events.

To reserve the pavilion, please fill out the Group Permit and Pavilion Request Form

Please call the Parks and Recreation Department for availability, 313-343-5257.

High Lake Levels and Neff Park Marina

The higher lake levels in the Neff Park Marina will increase the likelihood of power cords hanging or dipping into the water, as the cords extend from the power tower to your boat.  Please make the necessary accommodations to your power cords to ensure that no part of the cord is exposed to the lake.  All necessary precautions have been taken by the City to ensure that no live marina electrical is submerged in the higher water levels. A reminder that the Marina Rules and Regulations  provide the Harbor Master with the authority to shut off power, disconnect cords and perform other safety related tasks as needed, if a safety hazard exists.  If the Marina should become completely submerged, the power will be shut off until the water levels recede.