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. 


Due to the current State of Emergency and to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the City’s Parks and Recreation Office remains closed to the public.

With limitations set on group gatherings, Neff Park group permits and pavilion registration requests are being accepted with a limit of no more than 25 people within a group.  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 begin checking passes May 1.  Please have your valid park passes and masks 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 only, due to COVID-19.  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. A face mask or cloth face covering will be required for your appointment.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we ask that you follow these guidelines while visiting any of 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. Avoid mingling with or engaging in physical contact with persons outside of designated groups unless you are wearing a mask and maintain safe distancing
  4. Residents should be aware of Neff Park's closing time and exit by 11pm

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

In order to be open, the City will have to adhere to capacity restrictions set in place by the Governor and Wayne County and adhere to COVID-19 guidance issued by the CDC and other health agencies.   Once again, this summer, the City will be asking residents to sign up to swim for specific time periods using the recreation registration page on the City site.  For the safety of staff and residents, the City will be taking the necessary precautions to maintain social distancing among the staff and users.  These measures will include the opening of the main pool only without the use of drinking fountains, and bathhouse locker rooms. The baby pool will remain closed under the direction of the current order, and its limited deck space for proper social distancing.  Residents will be asked to enter and exit the pool area by use of two separate gates surrounding the pool.

Please arrive ready to swim, with the locker rooms not being available for changing purposes. It is highly recommended for each patron to bring their own pool chair. However, pool chairs will be available, provided they are disinfected by residents before use. Sanitizing stations will be available on the pool deck. Outdoor showers will also be made available on the pool deck.

Open Swim Sign Up
Residents are restricted to one swim reservation per day which can be made five (5) days in advance.  If a resident attempts to sign up for more than one session in a day, the sign-up system defaults to the first time slot.  Each individual that is going to be in attendance will need to register.  Reservations can be made online by Clicking Here, or by calling the Parks and Recreation Office

There are four swim times available for sign up Monday – Sunday:

 Open swim times will be listed under the "Family Programs" tab.
  • Noon – 2:00 p.m.
  • 2:15 p.m. – 4.15 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. (There will be no lap swim available during this time between Monday, June 21 and Friday, July 30. The diving well will be closed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the months of June and July)

Residents who have signed up for a swim session will have 30 minutes from the start of their session to check in.  After the first 30 minutes, the pool will be open to walk-ins, including people from previous sessions, until it meets capacity of 100 people.

City staff will be conducting patron counts every 30 minutes to keep the pool within the capacity limits. This will allow for walk-ins throughout the entirety of the session.

If you cannot make your reserved swim time, please email the Parks and Recreation Office ( so your time may be opened to other City residents.

At the end of your allocated swim time, the pool and deck will be cleared to allow the City staff to sanitize and clean before the next group enters

Senior and Immunocompromised Swim Time
In order to accommodate our vulnerable populations in the City, we will be offering a special swim time from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. each day. 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
For the 2021 season, Early Morning Lap Swim will have some modifications due to COVID-19.

There will be a maximum of 2 swimmers per lane. Swimmers must start and end at opposite ends of the pool and swimmers will split the lane for the duration of their swim. All participants will need to check in at the registration table daily.

The schedule will be returning to the standard lap swim schedule; with 9 lanes available for lap swimming from 6:00am to 8:00am and 2 lanes available from 8:00am to 10:00am. From 8:00am to 10:00am, the lanes will be shared with swim team. All 9 lanes will be available from 6:00AM to 10:00AM on Saturday and Sunday.

On the following Wednesdays; June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21 and July 28, Early Morning Lap Swim will end at 8:00AM. Registered lap swimmers will have access to 4 lanes during our final open swim session (6:45PM to 8:45PM) to compensate for these closures.

Registration will open on Monday, May 17. 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 will be made available beginning June 1, 2021. 

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



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

Elworthy Field Tennis Courts are open 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'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, 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.

If you are unable to come in during regular office hours, there will be evening hours offered on:
Tuesday, May 18 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Friday, May 21 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM

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.


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!


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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