Summer is here and so is the sun. Here are some local area parks that will help to keep you cool, while your kids burn off that everlasting energy!

Griffin Park (Canton)

This green structure is fully shaded almost all day long! This park has a great play structure for little’s and big kids alike! This park also has tennis courts, basketball courts, and a pedestrian path.

Mies Park (Livonia) 

This park is mostly shaded and is very spread out! Great for those kids who love to run. It is nestled in a local neighborhood and has tons of trees to explore. The park has one main structure, two sets of swing sets, and a smaller structure as well as a pavilion!

Imagination Station (Brighton)

While this park isn’t super shaded, it makes the list because it’s right on the water! You can almost always feel a nice cool breeze here. This huge wooden park has always been one of my favorites. Nestled right in downtown Brighton it makes a perfect day trip! Pair with a nice trail walk along the water and you are sure to have a fun time!

Washington Square Park (Sterling Heights)

Looking for a quaint neighborhood park? Here is a great hidden gem. Lots of shade in a small picnic area that you can see the entire park from! My favorite! This park has a nice play structure, basketball, tennis courts, and a small walking trail. 

Bauervic Woods Park (Southfield)

Built right in the middle of the woods. This park features two play structures for both big and little kids! The big one is excellent for the child who loves to climb! Both structures are fairly close to each other, which gives parents with multiple kids a slight break. Pack your hiking boots and take a shaded trail walk while you are there! Pro tip: Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve is right up the street from here! Make a day trip out of it!

Plymouth Township Park Wooden Structure (Plymouth)

Bonus parks galore! This park isn’t just shaded. There is also a free splash pad and another plastic structure for the daredevil kids! While the second structure is definitely not in the shade, there are plenty of pavilions to hang out under. The wooden park has two swing sets and has tons of fun nooks for kids to hide in. Another thing this wonderful park has is docks for fishing and hiking trails. Pack a lunch and spend the day here! 

Garden City Park (Garden City)

If you are looking for shade this park is just the spot for you! This park has tons of very mature trees to keep you cool all day long! There are two main play structures as well as two play sets. All within sight distance from each other. This park also has indoor bathrooms a short walk away, a paved walking trail, workout equipment and baseball fields! 

Photo credit: Bauervic Woods Park, Southfield