Parks & Recreation

Is the Community Center, Senior Center or Nature Center open?

The Community Center and Senior Center are currently open for business transactions only. The Nature Center will remain closed until at least Oct. 1, 2020, with the exception of scheduled programs.

Starting Sept. 21, the Community Center will open to residents only with modifications to comply with state guidelines.

Drop-in activities at the Senior Center are not expected to begin until at least Dec. 1 2020. We will be sure to update when these activities are expected to resume.

Can I still register for Parks and Recreation programs?

Currently the Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of virtual and outdoor programs that comply with CDC recommendations and state requirements.

Due to current guidelines, registration for the following programs will be delayed until the week of Sept. 21 unless otherwise specified:

  • Sterling Frights Halloween
  • Sterling Christmas
  • Grand Connections
  • Little Learners (Session 2)
  • Gymnastics 
  • Indoor Tennis
  • Karate (Session 2)
  • Indoor Adult Athletic Leagues (Volleyball, Basketball, Veteran Dodgeball)
  • Fitness Classes (Session 2)
  • Stained Glass (Session 2)
  • October & November Adaptive Recreation Dances
  • Adaptive Recreation Dance Exercise (Session 2)
  • November and December Art Classes
  • Adaptive Recreation Basketball (Registration delayed until at least Nov. 2)
  • Sterling Heights Basketball Club (Registration delayed until at least Nov. 2)
  • Nature Center Animal Feast Program
  • Nature Center Scavenger Hunt

Registration for programs can be done online at, fax to (586) 276-4064, mail, or email with proper registration form printed from the website. You can also register for programs in-person at the Community Center or Senior Center from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What if I already registered for a program but it has been cancelled?

Credits and refunds for any canceled programming will be provided accordingly. If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Are the Sterling Heights Parks still open?

Yes, all parks, trails, and playgrounds throughout the City are open. Per the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-110, maintaining a social distance of at least six feet is still required and face masks are required when social distancing cannot be achieved.

In addition, baseball fields at Beaver Creek, Hampton, Mark Sawyers, and Wolf Park are also open. Some areas of opened amenities may be blocked off in accordance with section seven of the order.

Per the executive order 2020-176, the below amenities remain closed but are expected to open when the state enters Phase 5 of Governor Whitmer’s plan due to the inability to provide areas where social distance can be maintained.

  • Basketball Courts
  • Soccer Fields
  • Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Inline Hockey Rinks
  • Pavilions

We encourage you to continue practicing proper hand washing, or use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not available.

We will continue to implement and educate park visitors on protocols that ensure the safety of our community.

The trails and open green space are available for use, so what is allowed in the parks?:

  • Running/Jogging
  • Walking
  • Biking (non-motorized)
  • Rollerblading
  • Kayaking or Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Personal Fitness
  • Tennis
  • Pickleball
  • Playgrounds

What if I have already rented a pavilion?

Per the City’s most recent cancellation of events, programs, and meetings, all pavilion rentals through the end of the calendar year are also cancelled. Parks and Recreation staff will be contacting effected pavilion renters to discuss options which will include full refund or rescheduling if available.

Are the park restrooms open?

The following park restrooms are open: 

  • Dodge Park
  • Farmstead Park
  • Nelson Park
  • Delia Park (west of drive only)
  • Baumgartner Park

Is the SMART Transportation service still operating through the Senior Center?

The SMART Transportation service is operating for medical and grocery shopping appointments only. New appointments can be made by calling 586-446-2757.