Parks & Recreation

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


Neff Park is open daily from 6am to 11pm during the summer months. Winter hours are 7:30AM to 7:00PM
Please make sure to have your park passes with you at all times. City staff may ask to see them at any time.  The park restrooms are OPEN

Park Passes are required for entry into Neff Park beginning May 1, 2024. 
If you are a new resident and wish to get your park pass, please contact the Parks and Recreation Office at (313.343.5257).
Park 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 is offering park pass hours by appointment only.  Please contact the Parks and Recreation Office (313.343.5257) to arrange an appointment time and confirm what documentation you will need to bring with you. Beginning May 25, 2024, appointments will be available Monday - Saturday, with evening hours offered on Thursdays. 

Current Residents Park Pass Renewal
The 2024 Emergency Response forms will be mailed out April 1 to all current pass holders. Please look for these mailers in the spring. The bright pink form will need to be returned to City Hall for your park passes to be renewed. 

Park 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. 

For more information on how to submit a request for a group permit or pavilion reservation, please visit the Group Permit and Pavilion Request home page. The form needed to submit a request is also linked HERE


The City's Neff Park Pool is OPEN
Please visit our Aquatics Page for full pool hours

Information regarding the 2024 NORBS Swim Team, and a registration packet, can be found by visiting the Swim Team Page of the website

Join the City Synchronized Swim Team for the summer of 2024! This year our theme is a Splash of Color, and practices begin Monday, June 17. Shows will be on Tuesday, July 16 and Friday, July 19. For full information and registration form, please visit the Synchronized Swim Page


Information regarding swim lessons for 2024, and instructions on how to register can be found by visiting the Swim Lessons Page of the website

Information regarding tennis lessons for 2024, and instructions on how to register can be found by visiting the Tennis Lessons Page of the website. Please note that Session 3 is off-set from the swim lesson session by one week, due to resurfacing of the Elworthy Tennis Courts

The City's Neff Park Marina and Kayak Launch is open from April 1 - October 31

Kayak Rentals - Now Available
The two City kayaks are available to rent. Rentals may either be done up to three days in advance, or walk ins are accepted. Please be advised, walk ins may be denied due to previously existing reservations.  

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 $10 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 beginning at 8:30am and must be returned prior to 8pm.

Please call the office (313.343.5257) if you wish to reserve your time slot. Kayaks may be reserved no more than 3 days in advance.

Kayaks are available to residents only.

                                             2024 Neff Park Kayak Dock Fundraising Campaign
                            2024 GP Foundation Kayak Flyer


The tot lot remains open (seasonally) dependent upon weather.

Elworthy Field Tennis Courts are open for the season.

The platform tennis courts are open. Please refer to the Platform Tennis Main Page for 2023/2024 season information.

Platform Tennis/Pickleball Membership Reservations run year round.  Reservations will be taken for play daily.  Members may use the courts from 8am to 10pm  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. The yearly membership begins on October 1 and runs through September 30 of the following year

Elworthy Field's soccer field and ball diamonds are open with a valid field use permit.  Elworthy field use permit applications can be obtained HERE.


Camp Norbert Neff: Friday August 2 - Saturday, August 3
The City of Grosse Pointe will once again be hosting Camp Norbert Neff.  Join us for a fun overnight that includes; crafts, games, movies, s'mores and a Continental breakfast in the morning!
Registration opens on Monday, July 8. Registration forms can be filled out at the Parks and Recreation Office. Payment MUST be submitted at the time of registration for a campsite to be reserved.
Cost: $60 per family (up to 8 people) Payable by cash or check only. 
We can't wait to have you back in the park for a fun filled night!


The Northeast Recreation and Parks Association (NERPA) invites individuals age 50 and up to participate in this all-inclusive trip to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, complete with five-course dinners, a wide variety of unique programs and activities such as tournaments, crafts, dancing, carriage tours, and more that will make your stay at this world class destination a truly Grand Experience. Two trip options are available; self-driving or charter bus. The charter bus will depart from the Grosse Pointe Woods Community Center.

Registration Information

  • Rooms will be sold on a 1st come 1st served basis beginning on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. at the Recreation Authority Center of Roseville & Eastpointe.
  • All registration will take place at the Recreation Authority Center of Roseville & Eastpointe at 18185 Sycamore, Roseville, MI 48066.
  • 50% deposit is due at the time of registration. Final payment is due by August 9, 2024.
  • For double or triple occupancy ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER in the same transaction. Complete one form per person.
  • Only (1) representative per room is required to be present to register for the trip. This designated representative person does NOT have to be going on the trip. This will allow for participants who are unable to make the registration date secure their room.
For full information, please reference the flyer linked HERE

 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.

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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