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. 

On Monday, December 7, Governor Whitmer gave an update on Michigan’s COVID-19 response. During this press conference she announced that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will be extending the recent three-week epidemic order 12 more days beginning Wednesday, December 9, 2020.   As a result, the City’s Parks and Recreation  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 playground and walking paths at Neff Park are open, but the pool, marina, and bathrooms are closed for the season.  The platform tennis courts and tot lot at Elworthy Field are open, but the regular tennis courts are closed for the season.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we ask that you follow these guidelines while visiting the City's parks and recreation facilities:

  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 Neff Park's closing time and exit by 11 p.m.

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

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

Neff Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the winter months
The park restrooms are closed for the season

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

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

Neff Park Ice Rink is now open daily from Noon to 7:00pm, weather depending.  Due to COVID-19 and the Governors extended order, the Neff Park Ice Rink will be open with limited capacity restrictions and social distancing measures in place.  The Neff Park Office and Warming Room will remain closed to the public. All skaters will need to provide their own skates for use on the rink.  Hockey and hockey equipment are not permitted.  There will be a warming fire on Saturday afternoons when the rink is open.  Park passes are required.

For additional information, please email the Park Office at


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

Elworthy Field Tennis Courts are closed for the season.

As of August 26, 2020, the platform tennis courts have been reopened. 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 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.

Elworthy Field Soccer Field and Ball Diamonds are closed for the season.


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, due to COVID-19.  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.

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


NEFF PARK ICE FEST – February 6, 1 to 3 pm
On Saturday, February 6, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will host a COVID-19 compliant, safety-minded winter event.  In place of our Annual Winter Fest, the City will host an afternoon of ice carving, ice skating, warming fires, popcorn, and free hot chocolate. 

City residents are invited to come down to Neff Park between the hours of 1 and 3 pm to watch as two ice carvers from Frozen Images create works of art from blocks of ice. The Poppin’ and Mixin’ Kettle Corn truck will be on hand with free hot chocolate and fresh popcorn for purchase!  Lastly, don’t forget your skates! The Neff Park ice skating rink will be open until 7 pm for everyone to take a spin around the ice. Make sure to bring a mask along with your park pass, hat and gloves.  See you there!

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.

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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