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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.

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.

 

Oakland County

Paradise Peninsula

  • Address: Waterford Oaks, 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford
  • Phone: 248-858-0916
  • Hours: dawn-dusk, April-October

Built to mimic Michigan's natural landscape, this universally accessible play area has an "up north" vibe and lots of fun in store. Find a challenge course, tree fort, log cabin, sand dunes and ground surface designed to look like Michigan's Great Lakes. This detailed structure meets the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements to encourage kids of all levels of ability to get out and play.

Play Scape at Catalpa Oaks County Park

  • Address: 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-424-7081
  • Hours: dawn-dusk year-round

This newer play structure has a contemporary twist that's simple, fun and addicting. Besides the super-cool colors, the challenging areas are tailored to age with separate structures for youngsters and teens.

Play Scape at Civic Center Park

  • Address: 2525 Joslyn Road, Orion Township
  • Phone: 248-391-0304
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. year-round

There are two play structures – one for ages 2-5 and another for 5-12. The little kids structure has a couple small slides, ladders and a bridge (be sure to check out the dinosaur slide!). The big kid version has some taller slides, including one with a spiral, and crazier ladders; there's even a mini zip line toy. The park hosts two sets of swings, too, including some for babies. And if you stop by during the winter, there's a great hill nearby to go sledding on.

Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex Playground

  • Address: Red Oaks, 1455 E. 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights
  • Phone: 248-589-2294
  • Hours: dawn-dusk year-round

Complete with slides, towers, a coaster climber and scientifically engineered Fibar-brand mulch, this play area is a kid favorite. It's officially for ages 5-12, but with a rock climber and three-tilted sky runners also included, tots and adults can have just as much fun.

River Woods Park

  • Address: 300 River Woods Drive, Auburn Hills
  • Phone: 248-370-9353
  • Hours: dawn-dusk year-round

Located along the Clinton River and next to the Auburn Hills Skate Park, this play scape is fully equipped with slides, swings and tons of climbing fun. Kids also have the options of playing basketball, football or even going fishing.

Wooden Playground at Booth Park

  • Address: North Old Woodward Avenue and Harmon Street, Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-530-1800
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

This park boasts a play scape built with help from community residents. With 20,000 square feet to play with, it packs a punch! A lookout tower mimics the city's old fire station, a misting wheel sprays water and an artificial turf allows winter sledding. There's also a play trolley, parental patio with chairs, tables and umbrellas, and a giant gravel labyrinth for kids.

Washtenaw County

Playgrounds at Independence Lake Park

  • Address: 3200 Jennings Road, Webster Township, Whitmore Lake
  • Phone: 734-449-4437, ext. 201
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk year-round

Find three separate play areas here, including a large, handicap-accessible structure with slides, bridges, climbers and tunnels, as well as a track ride. There's a separate swing area, too. A spray zone also is open for public use during the summer season, with variety of water features. It's for kids 12 and under, but all ages are welcome.

 

Play Scape at County Farm Park

  • Address: Washtenaw and Platt roads, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-971-6337
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-dusk year-round

At this farm-style play area, kids can feed animals, check out a 25-foot working windmill and have fun in the play sheds, complete with rubberized turf designed to look like growing crops. Be sure to hit the slides, tunnel, rock wall and climber. Two 24-by-20-foot shade structures, in the shape of a butterfly and a flower, add to the motif. A toddler area sports a play John Deere tractor, horse and bumblebee spring riders, straw-bail climbing blocks and lots of moving elements – plus some water features for the whole family.

Timber Town Park

  • Address: M-52 and Sibley Road (half mile from downtown Chelsea), Chelsea
  • Hours: dawn-dusk year-round

Built in 1996 by Friends of Timber Town, this unique spot is a small version of the city of Chelsea. The 12,000-square-foot playground has a wooden climbing structure, clock tower, bridges, slides, sandboxes, climbing wall, water zone, theater and a train depot. Plus, there's a police car and a water-shooting fire truck.

Wayne County

Kids Row

  • Address: Belle Isle Park, Jefferson Avenue and East Grand Boulevard, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-628-2081
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. year-round

Its bright colors, bouncy turf, giant slide and "double-decker merry-go-round" (encased in netting) all make this oasis a Detroit fave. It's got slides, climbers and towers, as well as cool animal statues, situated on a half-acre expanse and featuring up-to-standard safety. Find lots to do on the isle, too, from beach fun to disc golf and even a giant slide, which reopened in August 2014 (fees apply). And don't forget the centrally located family comfort station and concession stand.

Play Planet

  • Address: Tattan Park, 1901 North Carlson Street and Orr Drive, Westland
  • Phone: 734-467-3185
  • Hours: dawn-dusk year-round

This gargantuan play structure has enough to keep you kids busy for hours. With a space theme, it packs lots of slides, towers, ramps and climbers into five acres of land, complete with picnic and grill amenities for lunch.

Play Scape at the Waterford Bend Recreation Area

  • Address: Hines Park, Six Mile Road between Northville Road and Edward Hines Drive, Northville Township
  • Phone: 734-261-1990
  • Hours: dawn-dusk year-round

Parents can enjoy the scenery of Middle Rouge River while chilling in a large, sheltered picnic area and watching kids play. This interesting structure was imported from Belgium and almost resembles an art museum sculpture. It's great for climbing, jumping, sliding and more. There's even an old-school tire swing.

Red, White and Blue Playground at Levagood Park

  • Address: 801 N. Denwood St., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-943-2410
  • Hours: dawn-dusk year-round

It's a two-in-one. With one structure a little lower to the ground for toddlers and the other taller for 5-12-year-olds, both have a lot of features to climb, slide and hang on. There's even a big blanket of pea gravel on the ground to prevent injuries.

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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