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Best Playgrounds and Play Structures in Southeast Michigan

Looking for a new family park in 2014-15? Visit an awesome play scape for a fun day outdoors in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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Tired of hearing "I'm bored" this summer? A big, bold, colorful play structure could be just what your kid needs. Not only impress your kids with some of these great play scapes, but also "wow" yourself with all the details and unique activities they offer. Take a look at this list of cool playgrounds in metro Detroit, the Ann Arbor area and beyond for a day full of "I don't want to go home yet."

Macomb County

Eastwood Beach Playground at Stony Creek Metropark

  • Address: 4300 Main Park Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-781-4242
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. April-September, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. October-March
  • Cost: $7/park vehicle entry

A climbing geometric dome – featuring a web of thick ropes fastened with sturdy metal clasps at every point – is at the center of this park, which opened in 2012. It also offers a modern spin on old-school playground merry-go-rounds, along with swings, tunnels, slides, climbing walls and a resistance-controlled "elevator" element. There's a separate spot for toddlers; the main area is geared at ages 5-12.

Playground at George George Park

  • Address: 40500 Moravian Road, Clinton Township
  • Phone: 586-286-9300
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (or dusk) year-round

George George Park is a 30-acre community park that was once part of Moravian Golf Course, filled with trees, hills and green fields. In 2008, a man named James George donated the park to the city in honor of his father, George George. Today, a big play scape structure in natural deep green and brown colors offers climbing, swinging, jumping and other features for kids from toddlers to teenagers to enjoy.

Play Scape at Corners Park

  • Address: 19449 25 Mile Road, Macomb Township
  • Phone: 586-992-2900
  • Hours: dawn-dusk year-round

Installed in 2004, this 94-acre park site includes a top-notch play structure that continues to please. The tree house-themed play scape has 1,200 square feet of slides, a rock wall, beam bars, a swing set and and rubberized recycled turf. Other park amenities include soccer and football fields, lighted ball diamonds, inline skating and a concession stand with a variety of picnic areas.

Play Scape at Dodge Park

  • Address: 40620 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-446-2700
  • Hours: dawn-dusk year-round

Its "barrier-free" play scape, which has claimed being the largest in Macomb County, is a monster of a structure created with disabled and special needs children in mind – though kids of any capability and age can enjoy. It features climbing elements, money bars, interactive flip games, tall twisting slides and bright colors.

Play Scape at Lake St. Clair Metro Park

  • Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4581
  • Hours: April-October: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. weekends; November-March: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
  • Cost: $7/daily vehicle permit

Ahoy, mateys! This jumbo Metropark delivers lots of play structure fun for kids, featuring – you guessed it – a climb-on pirate ship, complete with the crow's nest lookout at the top. You'll also find pint-sized playhouses (think Little Tikes style) with activity walls for kids, and special structures just for ages 3-5 and 5-11 with swings, slides and more.

Play Scape at Pollard Park

  • Address: 55550 New Haven Road, New Baltimore
  • Phone: 586-949-0400
  • Hours: dawn-dusk year-round

Local volunteers helped make this 128 acre-park possible. Various colorful structures serve up challenging climbs, swings and slides – ranging from big to small, straight to loopy. Also, a bevy of ladders includes spirals, ropes and more.

Old to new | New to old
Aug 1, 2011 02:49 pm
 Posted by  jellokites

St. Clair has a nice park, Greig park/Imagination stations on Carney just north of Fred Moore.

Aug 12, 2011 01:49 pm
 Posted by  lunamartinmi

Great list! Thanks!

May 26, 2014 10:45 am
 Posted by  Big Worm

Thanks for the info. We need more park listings and information from the great parents of southeast michigan.

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