Rentals

The Parks and Recreation Department has pavilions available to rent for a special occasion.

Beginning January 28, 2019, we will take reservations from residents only for the 2019 calendar year. Beginning March 4, 2019, we will take reservations from non-Sterling Heights residents for the 2019 calendar year.

With the exception of the Farmer’s Market pavilion, which is not available to be reserved for private events, the City of Sterling Heights Parks System offers pavilions and other facilities for group functions such as birthday parties, family gatherings/reunions, and company/organization picnics/barbecues consistent with the goal of the parks to promote family friendly recreation activities and company/organization wellness/recreation events. All reservations are based on a first come, first served basis.  All individuals or groups reserving a pavilion must do so no less than 24 hours prior to the planned event.

Rental/reservation of the park pavilions is not permitted for commercial, religious, or political purposes or events, or to promote political, religious, or viewpoints that may be interpreted as controversial or which the city is not permitted to endorse or promote, nor to conduct meetings or gatherings whose primary purpose is to advocate, endorse, organize, or otherwise promote or raise funds for a political candidate, party organization, issue, or other political matter.

Please note:

*The pavilion located in Nelson Park (15 Mile Road, west of Ryan) is NOT available to rent until AFTER September 14, 2019 due to anticipated construction associated with park improvements.

*The pavilion located in Farmstead Park (Clinton River Road) is NOT available to rent prior to August 3, 2019 due to anticipated construction associated with park improvements.



To see if a specific date is available for rent at one of our pavilions, visit the Pavilion Calendar.

Please note that smoking, vaping and hookah use is prohibited under all pavilions. To view other park rules and regulations, click here.

How to reserve a pavilion



Reservations must be made in person at the Parks and Recreation office located in Fillmore Elementary, 8655 Irving Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. Proof of residency is required when making a reservation. Renters must be at least 18 years of age to rent a pavilion.

Payment in full and a photo I.D. are required at the time of reservation. Forms of payment accepted are check, cash and credit cards (Mastercard, Visa and Discover). Refunds of up to one-half the rental rate are available but must be requested at least seven days prior to the reservation date. There are no refunds if the request is made less than seven days prior to the reservation date. There are no refunds due to inclement weather. 

Covered picnic areas have a minimum of eight (8) picnic tables with seating capacity of 100. Water is not available at any location but electricity is available only at Dodge Park for an additional fee of $10.

Dogs must be on a leash no greater than 6 feet in length. We request that you leave the facilities in a clean condition. A complete list of rules and regulations will be provided upon completion of the park permit.

2019 Resident Fees

Day Fee
Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
$70
Saturday, Sunday, and holidays
$95

2019 Non-Resident Fees

Day Fee
Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
$105
Saturday, Sunday, and holidays
$143

Picnic Kits

Picnic Kit
Having a family picnic, block party or birthday party? Let Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation supply you with your outdoor equipment for your special event! We rent picnic kits from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

Weekend Rate (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Resident fee: $32/weekend (Plus a refundable security deposit of $50 (cash only) is due at the time of pick-up.)

Non-resident fee: $48/weekend (Plus a refundable security deposit of $50 (cash only) is due at the time of pick-up.)

Weekday Rate (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday)

Resident fee: $12/day (Plus a refundable security deposit of $50 (cash only) is due at the time of pick-up.)

Non-resident Fee $17/day (Plus a refundable security deposit of $50 (cash only) is due at the time of pick-up.)

Picnic Kits must be reserved, picked up and dropped off at our Parks and Recreation Building located at Fillmore Elementary School, 8655 Irving Road.

Please call (586) 446-2700 Monday - Friday between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for more information. Weekend rentals must be picked up Friday by 4:30 p.m. and are due back by noon on the following Monday. Weekday rental are due back by 1 p.m. the next day.

A security deposit of $50 (cash only) is due at the time of pick-up. The deposit is returned when the equipment is checked in. A $5 per day late fee is assessed on all overdue kits.


Picnic Kit includes:
  • Base Set
  • Basketball
  • Bocce Ball
  • 6 Burlap Sacks for Races
  • Dodge Ball
  • Football
  • Frisbee
  • Kickball
  • Soccer Ball
  • Softball
  • Tug-of-War Rope
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffle Ball & Bat
  • 6 Wooden Eggs & Spoons