Neighborhood parks are typically multi-purpose facilities that serve as the recreational and social focus of a neighborhood. They provide areas for both passive and active recreation activities such as field games, court games, playgrounds, picnicking, and the like. Neighborhood parks generally between five and ten acres in size and serve residents within one-half mile. The City of Birmingham community contains eleven parks that can be classified as Neighborhood Parks.
Adams Park is located directly adjacent to Roeper School. In 2006, the City of Birmingham acquired the park property adjacent to the Roeper School, south of the parking lot. As part of the purchase agreement, the city is responsible for the maintenance, lawn care and snow removal on the sidewalks surrounding; and the property must be used as a public park so long as the school is operated next to the park. In addition, Roeper will utilize the park during the school year for activities currently undertaken by the school on the grounds. Amenities include a soccer field, open space, and a play area.
Crestview Park is located near the southern border of Birmingham, north of Southlawn between Southfield and Shipman Roads. Crestview Park contains open space for soccer, two tennis courts renovated in 2006, and playground equipment swings, climbers and a play structure. There are also benches, waste receptacles, and a drinking fountain within the park.
Howarth Park is located at the intersection of Cummings and Emmons Roads in the southern portion of the city. The park consists of open space, a baseball field, drinking fountain, benches, signage, ADA accessible path to access the park, and play equipment with wood chip surfacing. The play equipment includes swings, a climber, and a play structure. In 2005, the Birmingham Rotary Club was recognized by the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association with a community service award for their donation and improvements to Howarth Park. Improvements included a park bench, drinking fountain, and planting of new trees.
Linden Park is accessed at the intersection of Linden and Brandon, north of Lincoln Street. The park is nestled between residential properties along Shirley, Brandon and the Rouge River. The park is predominately open space with a play structure and wood chip surfacing near Brandon Street. A storm-water treatment control station with a gravel access road is also located on the east side of the park, adjacent to the Rouge River. There is access to the Rouge River Trail Corridor from Shirley and Hawthorne.
Linn-Smith Park is a small, linear shaped park on the east side of the Rouge River. The park consists entirely of open space and is located between the Rouge River and Southfield Road. Future expansion of the Rouge River Trail Corridor includes a bridge connection and a trail that will traverse through this park. An entry plaza along Southfield Road and a boardwalk located near the proposed bridge will connect Linn-Smith Park with Linden Park and the trail system.
Manor Park is a undeveloped nature preserve. The parkland is located off Adams Road in the northern portion of the city, south of Big Beaver Road and adjacent to the Canadian National Railroad. The park is open during daylight hours and contains a variety of hardwood, ornamental and coniferous trees. The park is bordered by green basalt boulders along Shepardbush with a gravel off-street parking area. Manor Park remains undeveloped open space used for passive recreation. Manor park also has an approximate 1/2 mile wood chip trail connecting to Big Beaver.
Martha Baldwin Park:
Martha Baldwin Park is located on the west side of Southfield Road at the intersection of Southfield and Maple Roads. The park consists open space, mature trees, and a native wet meadow garden.
Pembroke Park comprises one block on the east side of Birmingham between Eton, Edenborough, Windemere and Buckingham. The park includes open space and several pieces of playground equipment including swings, slides, climbers, sandboxes, play-structures and rockers installed over wood chip surfacing. The park also contains a Little League baseball field, picnic tables, two tennis courts, a soccer area, a hard surface basketball area, and a drinking fountain.
Quarton Tennis Courts:
Quarton Tennis Courts are located at the corner of Oak at Glenhurst. The site includes two tennis courts, a bench, trash receptacle and a drinking fountain.
St. James Park:
St. James Park is located in the southern portion of the city, south of Lincoln and directly south of the Birmingham YMCA. St. James Park contains open space which is used for a soccer area. The park also has the city's only regulation-size baseball diamond in addition to two tennis courts, and several pieces of play equipment installed over a wood chip surface. Also, the park contains a hard surface basketball area, benches and trash containers located in the proximity of the play equipment. The City of Birmingham and the YMCA have been in discussion on partnership opportunities as it relates to St. James Park.
West Lincoln Well Site:
The Lincoln Well Site is located on the south side of Lincoln Street at Westchester Way. The park contains open space, two tennis courts and play equipment including swings, slides, sandbox, a play structure and rockers.