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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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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.

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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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