Recreating Recreation


The Recreating Recreation initiative will leverage the existing natural resource assets to create a City that provides its residents with year-round recreational opportunities. The millage will fund the City's Recreating Recreation initiative that will deliver a diverse mix of recreational opportunities to the City's 130,000-plus residents, including: 

[For a photo gallery of the proposed Recreating Recreation facilities and recreational opportunities, click here]

  • Construction of a new 122,000 square foot Community Center that would be a draw for all residents participating in the wide-array of cultural and recreational programming produced by the Parks & Recreation Department.
  • A permanent facility for the highly successful Dodge Park Farmers Market.
  • A refrigerated ice-rink for winter enthusiasts seeking a place to enjoy outdoor skating.
  • An outdoor sprayground that will provide families with a great place to cool down.
  • A multi-use skatepark that will be a unique recreational opportunity for the more adventurous crowd.
  • Development of a hike/bike trail linking Joseph J. Delia, Jr. Major Park with the City Nature Preserve. This hike/bike trail will, for the first time, allow residents to access the 110+ acre preserve from Delia Park.
  • A dog park where man’s best friends can enjoy some off leash time together.
  • Facilities for canoe and kayak enthusiasts to enjoy the best stretch of the Clinton River in Macomb County.
  • Capital improvements to nearly every one of the City’s 26 neighborhood and 5 major parks.
  • Access for City residents to enjoy an aquatics option for year-round water activity.
  • A mini turf soccer field for those who enjoy playing the world’s most popular sport.

“There is so much potential to develop Sterling Heights as a place renowned for recreational opportunities,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor. “Creating new levels for our residents to connect with the City is exactly what placemaking strives to do. These new recreational amenities will be destinations for our residents and an attraction for families looking for an outstanding quality of life."

The City estimates that the total cost to develop all of the proposed projects is $45 million. The cost to the average Sterling Heights homeowner is $62.96 per year for 20 years. Click here to use the tax calculator to estimate the impact on your household.

To read the full press release announcing the Recreating Recreation initiative, click here.

To view a presentation and City Council vote on Recreating Recreation, click here to view a clip of the June 7, 2016 City Council meeting.

To view the official Nov. 8 election results from Macomb County, click here. 

Project Details and Photos

Click on the links below to view the full image or document related to the individual projects below.

21 playgrounds will be made over. Construction began early spring 2017 and should go through fall 2017. 

Arlingdale Park - Soon to be Under Construction 
Avis Park - Playground Completed
Ben Hadley Park - Playground Completed
Carpathia Park - Playground Completed
College Park - Playground Completed 
Dodge Park (Playground between the bathrooms and Recreation Center) Scheduled for early September
Fairfield Park - Playground Completed
Franklin Park - Playground Completed 
Hampton Park - Playground Completed 
Imus Park - Playground Completed
Jaycee Park - Playground Completed 
LW Baumgartner Park - Scheduled for mid-August
Magnolia Park - Playground Completed 
Mark Sawyer Family Park - Playground Completed
Moravian Park - Soon to be Under Construction
Nelson Park Upper Level - Playground Completed 
Nelson Park Lower Level - Playground Completed
North Clinton River Park - Playground Completed
Rotary Park - Playground Completed
Tom Chappelle Park - Playground Completed
Washington Square Park - Playground Completed 

Renderings of the playgrounds can be found here

Did you know....

Recreation growth is a national trend! The National Parks & Recreation Association recently produced a video about the measurable economic, environmental, health and safety power of parks. View the video "Power of Parks" by clicking here.