Parks & Recreation

Are classes or events still taking place at the Community Center, Senior Center or Nature Center?

At this time, all events, programs, and leagues are cancelled through at least July 10.

Can I still register for Parks and Recreation programs?

The Parks and Recreation Department’s registration dates for programs and activities in the spring/summer magazine will start on May 1 for Sterling Heights residents and May 4 for Non-residents. Registration for programs that have not been cancelled can be done online at (click on the registration tab), fax to (586) 276-4064, mail, or email with proper registration form printed from the website. 

In person registration will begin once the City offices re-open, with that information being posted on the City’s website and social media once the opening date has been identified.

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

How can I register for items that require in-person registration (e.g. pavilion rental, adult softball and volleyball, dog park pass, etc.)?

For Parks and Recreation items that require in-person registration, please email Parks and Recreation staff will then email the proper paperwork and give direction on how to return the form. 

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.

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, the amenities listed below 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. It is also highly recommended that you wear a mask when using the newly re-opened amenities to help insure safety.

The Parks and Recreation department is requiring park patrons to park at least one parking space apart from fellow patrons to encourage social distancing. Most parks have cones already placed in parking spaces to direct patrons where to park. If the park you are using does not have cones placed, please take it upon yourself to give distance in between vehicles. Park patrons are not to remove cones to park where they should not.

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

The following uses are not permitted at this time and the amenities are closed:

  • Basketball Courts
  • Soccer Fields
  • Pavilions
  • Inline Hockey Rinks
  • Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Use of Motorized Vehicles (ATVs, Dirt Bikes, Quads, Golf Carts, etc)

What if I have already rented a pavilion?

Per the City’s cancellation of events, programs, and meetings, all pavilion rentals through at least July 10 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 going to be open?

The following park restrooms are open: 

  • Dodge Park (main only)
  • 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 essential medical appointments only. New appointments for medical appointments only can still be made by calling 586-446-2757.