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. 
 

COVID-19

Governor Whitmer Lifts The “Stay Home, Stay Safe" Order

Recently the Governor lifted the Stay at Home Order.  In addition to this announcement, both the Governor and Wayne County have rescinded their orders on pool openings.  As a result, the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation is able to start a return to more normal operations.  The City has started checking park passes again and is making the necessary preparations to open the pool.  The Park Office remains closed to the public.

With limitations set on group gatherings, Neff Park group permits will not be accepted.  However, beginning June 15, the City Parks and Recreation office will begin 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:

  • Everyone 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.
  • Residents should be aware of closing time and exit the park by 11 p.m.
                                               
NEFF PARK HOURS
Neff Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The park restrooms are open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

NEFF PARK POOL IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

 

As of July 9, the Neff Park Pool has been temporarily closed due to a lifeguard's self-report of a positive COVID-19 test.  All exposed staff will be self-quarantining, and getting re-tested.  All residents that signed up to swim on on Tuesday, July 7 from 4:00PM to 9:00PM have been contacted.  All residents that visited Neff Park's aquatic facility during this time should self monitor for symptoms and if not feeling well should get tested and consult tier doctor.

The City will be contracting a company to deep clean the facility and the pool will reopen upon approval from the Health Department.

 We apologize for the inconvenience.


M
ARINA UPDATE
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, 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 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

PARK PASSES

P
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-Saturday 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. 


KAYAK RENTALS

The two City kayaks will be available to rent beginning Saturday, June 20, 2020 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 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and must be returned prior to 8:00 p.m.

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




UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS, DATES, AND DISCOUNTS
 
2019 - 2020 Platform Tennis 
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 https://tickets.detroitzoo.org 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

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 www.grossepointeboatclub.com.


 
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