Parks & Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department plans and directs year round recreational programs and operations.  The Director of Parks and Recreation supervise an extensive seasonal staff in coordinating the many activities planned and related to recreation fields, courts, buildings, pool, marina and related parks and facilities. 

This summer, the Governor lifted the Stay at Home Order.  In addition to this announcement, both the Governor and Wayne County rescinded their orders on pool openings.  As a result, the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation began a return to more normal operations.  Neff Park and Pool is open and City Staff is checking park passes, but the Park Office remains closed to the public.

With limitations set on group gatherings, Neff Park group permits will not be accepted this season.  However, the City's Parks and Recreation Department is accepting rental requests for the Neff Park boat club and pavilion.  Rental request forms can be obtained from the City's website.   Please call the park office for facility availability.  The bathrooms, playground, marina, picnic tables, and walking paths are open.  Tennis courts at Elworthy Field are also open. 

We appreciate your cooperation during these unprecedented times.  Stay safe and stay well.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we ask that you follow these guidelines while visiting Neff Park:

  1. Avoid close contact with people by maintaining 6 feet of distance between yourself and from others not in your immediate family.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
  3. Boaters should only be utilizing their boat with their immediate family or family residing in the same house.
  4. Residents should be aware of closing time and exit the park by 11 p.m.

For additional information and facts on the virus, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Neff Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The park restrooms are open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Neff Park Pool closed Labor Day (Monday, September 7, 2020). 


The City's Neff Park Marina opened Friday May 1.  The kayak launch is also available for use.  Park gates open daily at 6 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, please follow these guidelines while using the Neff Park Marina:

  • All boaters must follow the CDC and Governor’s Order regarding social distancing which requires maintaining a 6-foot distance from others not in your immediate family.
  • Boaters should only be utilizing their boat with their immediate family or family residing in the same house.
  • Boaters should be aware of closing time and exit the park before 11 p.m.
  • Neff Park restrooms are open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


ark passes can be issued to individuals over the age of 10 residing within the City of Grosse Pointe. The passes are photo IDs which can be renewed annually by completing the Emergency Response Form which is mailed to households each year in early April.
New Residents
If you are a new resident to the City of Grosse Pointe or have relocated within the City of Grosse Pointe, please call the Parks and Recreation Office (313.343.5257) to find out what documentation will be required to establish residency when you come in to apply for your park pass.
The Parks and Recreation Office will be offering park pass hours  by appointment only.  Please contact the Parks and Recreation Office (313.343.5257) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday to arrange an appointment time and confirm what documentation you will need to bring with you. We ask that you please wear a facemask or cloth face covering  for your appointment.

Pass Replacement
If you have lost your park pass, one can be reprinted in the Parks and Recreation Office for a $5 fee. Please contact the office to set up an appointment time


The two City kayaks are available to rent by advance reservation ONLY. Please call the Parks and Recreation Office for a reservation

The kayaks are available to City Residents over the age of 18, or over the age of 13 when accompanied by a parent or guardian. All residents using the kayaks must have a waiver on file, or fill one out prior to using the kayaks.

The cost is $5 per hour. We ask that you please bring exact change, or pay by check made out to the City of Grosse Pointe.

Please try to restrict your rental time to two hours or less. Kayaks may be rented Monday-Friday beginning at 8:00 a.m. and must be returned by 4:00 p.m

Please call the office (313.343.5257) between the hours of 8:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to reserve your time slot. Kayaks may be reserved no more than 3 days in advance. 


14th Annual Fall Harvest 
Please join us Saturday, September 26 from 2PM to 5PM for our Annual Fall Harvest. We will be having a host of activities to celebrate the season! 

2:00PM – 4:30PM          Pumpkin Decorating
                                           Pie Raffle and Bread Raffle
                                            Candy Guessing Contest
                                            Candy Hunt

2:30PM & 3:30PM         Magic Show

4:15PM                            America’s Frisbee Dogs Show


2020 - 2021 Platform Tennis

As of August 26, 2020, the platform tennis courts have been reopened. Please refer to the Platform Tennis main page for more information.
First Day for Platform Tennis Membership Reservations will be October 1st.  Reservations will be taken for play daily through April 30.  Members may use the courts from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Courts may be utilized by members without reservations on a first come, first serve basis during open play times.  Membership applications and information are available, please click HERE.   For the Seasonal Membership Application, please click HERE

2019 - 2020 Detroit Zoo - MParks Partnership Discount Tickets
We are excited to announce that the City of Grosse Pointe will continue the Detroit Zoo's TICKETS & MORE Online Discount program!.

City Residents may now buy specially priced tickets for the Detroit Zoo over the Internet with the added convenience of printing your tickets and then presenting them at the Zoo entrance. Simply visit our exclusive Detroit Zoo Tickets & More Discount Online Ticket Store in either of the following two ways:

1: Click Here for additional program details for General Admission, and for details on Zoo Adventure Packaged Deals Click Here

2: Go direct to your online store 24/7 from any computer with an Internet connection to and enter your exclusive store name password: City of Grosse Pointe

Purchasing tickets has never been easier! We hope you and your family enjoy the Detroit Zoo this season!


Grosse Pointe Boat Club Membership Application - Interested in boating?  Join the Grosse Pointe Boat Club.  Headquartered in the "littlest" Club at Neff Park, the club promotes boating and water safety, enjoyment and seamanship, while providing sociability and fellowship among is members.  Boat ownership is not required.  if you have questions, please visit

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