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. 


The City’s Parks and Recreation Office remains closed to the public.

With restrictions on outdoor capacity limits being lifted on June 1, outdoor group gatherings at Neff Park will resume without restriction.  Neff Park group permits and pavilion reservation requests are being accepted with the normal limit of up to 50 nonresidents for each group permit.  Rental request forms can be obtained from the City's website.   Please call the Park Office (313.343.5257) for facility availability.  Neff Park Gate Attendants began checking passes May 1.  Please have your valid park passes available upon entry into Neff Park.

To obtain a new or lost park pass, the Parks and Recreation Office is offering park pass hours by appointment.  Please contact the Park Office between the hours of 8am and 4pm Monday-Friday to arrange an appointment time and confirm what documentation you will need to bring with you.

Neff Park is open daily from 6am to 11pm during the summer months.
The park restrooms are open May 1 - October 31.

Neff Park Pool is OPEN
In order to open Memorial Day Weekend, the City will have to adhere to current capacity restrictions set in place by the State and the Wayne County Health Department.  Until June 1st, the Pools will have a 50% capacity restriction.  After June 1st, depending on approval of the Wayne County Health Department,  all restrictions for outdoor capacity limits will be lifted with indoor capacity limits increasing to 50%.  As of July 1st, the state will no longer limit capacity at indoor or outdoor gatherings.

For Memorial Day Weekend, pool usage will be monitored by a counter located at the entrance to each pool. Due to the recent loosening of state restrictions, the City will not require advanced registration for open swim.  Open swim hours will be from Noon to 9pm.

Beginning Saturday, July 17, locker rooms and showers will be open and accessible to patrons from the doors on the pool side of the building. Entrance to the pool area will remain via the black gate between the bathhouse and baby pool. It is highly recommended that each patron bring their own pool chair.  However, pool chairs will be available, provided they are disinfected by residents before each use.  Sanitizing stations and outdoor showers will be made available on the pool deck.

For the safety of staff and residents, the City will be taking the necessary precautions to maintain proper social distancing amongst staff and users.

Open Swim
Beginning Friday, June 18, Open swim will be from Noon until 9pm. Between the hours of 7pm and 9pm there will be no lap swim available on weekdays between Monday, June 21 and Friday, July 30. The diving well will be closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7pm to 8pm within that time span. 

Please see the schedule below for the pool schedule

Friday, June 18 – Friday, July 30

Monday – Friday
6am – 10am       Early Morning Lap Swim
                                    Register via the City’s Website
8am – 11am       Swim Team
9am – 11am       Swim Lessons
10am - 9pm        Baby Pool Open Swim
11am – Noon      Senior and Immunocompromised Swim Time
Noon – 7pm         Main Pool Open Swim
7pm – 8pm           Open Swim (No lap swim available, Diving Well Closed)
8pm - 9pm            Open Swim (No lap swim available, 1 Meter Diving Board Closed)
7pm – 9pm           Swim Team & Synchronized Swim Team

Saturday and Sunday
6am – 10am       Early Morning Lap Swim
10am - 9pm        Baby Pool Open Swim
11am – Noon      Senior and Immunocompromised Swim Time
Noon – 9pm         Open Swim

Changes to the Pool Schedule

Wednesday, June 30 Both pools close at 4pm due to Swim Meet
Wednesday, July 7: Both pools close at 4pm due to Swim Meet
Saturday, July 17: Main Pool Closed from 8am to 11am due to Swim Meet
Friday, July  23: Main Pool Closed from 7pm to 8pm due to Synchronized Swim Show
Thursday, August 5: Main Pool Closed from 7pm to 8pm due to All Pointes Synchronized Swim Show

Beginning Saturday, August 14, the pool schedule will be as follows

6am – 10am       Early Morning Lap Swim
10am - 9pm        Baby Pool Open Swim
10am – 11am      Senior and Immunocompromised Swim Time
11am – 9pm         Open Swim

Senior and Immunocompromised Swim Time
In order to accommodate our vulnerable populations in the City, we will be offering a special swim time from 11amto 11:45 am each day. Beginning Saturday, August 14, this time will switch to 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Individuals over the age of 60 or those who are immunocompromised will have exclusive access to the pool during this time frame. No advance registration is required.

Early Morning Lap Swim
The schedule will be returning to the standard lap swim schedule; with 9 lanes available for lap swimming from 6am to 8am and 2 lanes available from 8am to 10am. From 8am to 10am, the lanes will be shared with swim team. All 9 lanes will be available from 6am to 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

Registration will open on Wednesday, May 19. Participants will be capped at 50.

Please register online via our website:   

Swim Lessons

The City of Grosse Pointe will be running swim lessons for the summer of 2021. Please visit the Swim Lessons page for complete information on scheduling and instructions for registration

NORBS Swim Team

The NORBS swim team will be running for the summer of 2021  Please visit the Swim Team page for complete information. Registration packets are available by clicking HERE 

Synchronized Swim Team
The City Synchronized Swim Team will be running for the Summer of 2021. Please visit the Synchronized Swim Team page for complete information. The Kick-Off Meeting and Registration Meeting will be offered at two separate times on Monday, June 14; 4:30pm and 6pm

The City's Neff Park Marina and Kayak Launch opened April 1, 2021.

Kayak Rentals
The two City kayaks will be available to rent beginning Saturday, May 29, 2021 by advance reservation. 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 beginning at 8:3oam and must be returned prior to 8pm.

Please call the office (313.343.5257) between the hours of 8am and 4pm. Monday through Saturday to reserve your time slot. Kayaks may be reserved no more than 3 days in advance and no less than 30 minutes in advance.

Kayaks are available to residents only


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 additional 2020/2021 season information.

Platform Tennis Membership Reservations begin October 1st.  Reservations will be taken for play daily through April 30.  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.

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.

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 currently 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 face mask or cloth face covering  for your appointment.

If you are unable to come in during regular office hours, there will be evening hours offered on:
Friday, May 21 from 4pm to 7pm
Tuesday, May 25 from 4pm to 7pm
Thursday, May 27 from 4pm to 7pm

Please call the Parks and Recreation Office to schedule an appointment during those times.

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.

Current Residents
The 2021 Emergency Response forms have been mailed out to current residents. To renew your park passes for the 2021 season, please complete the yellow sheet of paper and return it to City Hall.


Camp Norbert Neff: Friday August 6 - Saturday, August 7
Camp Norbert Neff will be back for the summer of 2021! 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 12. Registration forms can be filled out at the Parks and Recreation Office

Cost: $45 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!

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!


The Grand Experience Monday, October 25—Thursday, October 28, 2021

Residents 50 or better are invited to participate in this all-inclusive trip, complete with five-course dinners, a wide variety of unique programs and activities such as golf, tournaments, crafts, dancing, carriage tours, and more that will make your stay at this world class destination a truly Grand Experience.  Click Here, for a copy of the event flyer and registration form.

2021 Grand Experience


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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