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Best Playgrounds in Southeast Michigan

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Want a park that will really impress your kids? Nix those "I'm bored" blues with this list of amazing play escapes so awesome, even parents will be blown away! Here are some standouts in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Step out of the house and onto the pea gravel/recycled tire play surface, but be warned: Getting kids off these playscapes won't be as easy as getting them on.

Macomb County

Playground at George George Park

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

Once upon a time, George George Park was a beautiful golf course with mature trees, gentle rolling hills and green contoured fields. But alas: Only those who belonged to the Clinton Township Country Club could enjoy the scenic grounds. Then one day, a man named James George decided to donate the park to the people of the township in honor of his father.

But first, to transform the place into a truly magical park, he ordered one of every piece of playground equipment in production and constructed a playscape more magnificent than any in the land. The structure that stands today is nestled among the sloping knolls in natural colors like deep green and brown. It's long, ambling and chock full of nooks, crannies and features where kids – from toddlers to teenagers – can find a happy ending.

Playscape at Corners Park

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

When this playground was first installed in 2004, it was state-of-the-art, says parks and recreation director Sal DiCaro. Today, even he admits it's still pretty cool. "It's got all the bells and whistles," says DiCaro. The plastic tree house-themed playscape has 1,200 square feet of slides, a rock wall, beam bars and rubberized recycled turf. A swing set was also added to the playground in 2012.

Playscape at Dodge Park

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

Coined the largest playscape of its kind in Macomb County, this brand-spankin'-new monstrosity was created with disabled children in mind, though kids of any capability will have a blast. An old rusty playscape located in a flood zone was replaced and moved to higher ground in 2011 to give way to new options of climbing walls, monkey bars, educational games and three twisty turny slides.

Playscape at Lake St. Clair Metropark

  • Address: 31300 Metropolitan Parkway, Harrison Township
  • Phone: 586-463-4581
  • Hours: April-October: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; November-March: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

Ahoy! Don't ye be lettin' any scallywags run over the ship shored up thar – or plunder the village o' bitty homes close by. The scamps already be eyein' the booty and, after all, thar could be a treasure buried under the sand or a bottle o' messages hidden somewheres. Best be keepin' yer eyes peeled from the look-out's nest atop yer ship. Cap'n's orders!

Playscape at Pollard Park

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

Local businessmen and volunteers made this 128 acre-park possible. Kids can romp and run around sizeable playscapes. It boasts slides of every shape and size – big and small, straight and loopy, you name it! Its variety of ladders is impressive, too, including spiral and rope types. The colorful structures also include multiple bridges and a set of monkey bars.

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!

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