Have Some Outdoor Fun at a Park Near You!

By: Toni Cunningham | May 20, 2013

I can’t speak for everyone, but I am simply ecstatic that the sun and its accompanying warmth are once again making an appearance in Metro Detroit. Ta ta, turtlenecks! Say hello to shorts! Since we’re bidding adieu to cold weather clothing, I’d like to propose that we kick indoor activities to the curb as well. What better way to enjoy spring than heading to a local park to absorb some Vitamin D?

Clark Park, 1130 Clark St., Detroit, is not only a popular picnic destination, but also a stomping ground for recreational activities like baseball and roller hockey. The park is also used for arts and crafts, community service, festivals and concerts. The Clark Park Coalition is largely focused on making a difference for the youth of Detroit, and is always looking for volunteers and/or donations.

Shain Park, on Merrill St. in Birmingham, is also all-purpose, featuring a play area for children, a performance stage, sprawling lawn space and a large fountain. This summer, the park will feature its 33rd Annual In the Park Concert Series, Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. What’s better than a free outdoor concert? Not much.

Cass Benton Park of Northville is great for picnicking, since the area is filled with trees offering the perfect shady luncheon spot. There’s also a play structure for the little ones to frolic after the sandwiches are gone. Cass Benton is one of the oldest and most hill-filled sections of Hines Park; so enjoy that little historical fun fact while you dine alfresco!

Stony Creek Metropark, 4300 Main Park Rd., Shelby Township, is the perfect spot for those of you who enjoy being up north but are stuck downstate. The 4,461-acre park is a great place for enjoying the outdoors, regardless of whether you prefer running, walking or mountain biking. There’s even a mountain bike skills course if you’re up for the challenge.

Kellogg Park, located in Downtown Plymouth, is a quaint setting fit for a stroll with your dog or lounging in the grass in order to soak up some rays. It’s surrounded by several great restaurants and bars for when you get hungry, and three different outdoor concert series will begin in June. A children’s concert series will be held Wednesdays at noon, while the Community Band performs on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Music in the Air on Fridays at 7 p.m.

In case you haven’t heard, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing recently announced that he would no longer be shutting down over 50 city parks this year. Rejoice and show your appreciation by using them!

If after checking out the above local parks you’re still thirsty for more outdoor action, consider visiting a metropark or Michigan state park. Don’t forget the sunscreen!