Statement of Services: The Parks Division is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of City parks, the Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex, and the grounds of all City-owned properties through a combined effort of City staff and contractors. The Division prepares athletic fields, coordinates tree plantings, provides support for special events, and provides sidewalk, trail, and parking lot maintenance to all City facilities in the winter.
The Madison Heights Parks and Recreation Plan was updated in 2015 to meet the standards for approval by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). An approved plan makes a community eligible to apply for funding through the Grants Section of the DNR to assist in the acquisition and/or development of property for parks and recreation purposes. Approved plans are developed to cover a time frame of 5 years. Since 1972, the City has secured 6 grants from the MDNR including the development of Rosie’s, Ambassador, and Civic Center Parks, the acquisition of Simonds Woods, construction of the Nature Center at Suarez Woods, and acquisition of additional acreage. In addition to background information and analysis, the plan includes a Recreation Needs Analysis, Planning Process, Goals & Objectives, and Action Program that proposes specific projects for each of the 5 years of the plan. On February 23, 2015 this plan was approved by the City Council.