Grilling in the City

The weather is warming up and it’s time to get to grillin’. Detroit is home to some great hot spots for a barbecue with family and friends. Here are four of our favorite city parks where you can picnic and grill (and they’re all dog-friendly):

River Rouge Park (48228)
The largest park in the city, River Rouge Park is a great destination for summer fun. River Rouge is located on the southern edge of Detroit, bound by West Warren to the south, Plymouth Road to the north, Outer Drive and West Parkway on the west, and Trinity Road on the east. With 200 picnic tables, it’s the perfect place to invite friends and family for a delicious cookout.  There’s also a long list of recreational activities available in the park. You can play basketball, football, tennis, or golf; go bike riding; or take a walk on one of the trails. You can even take a swim in the recently reopened Brennan Pool, which underwent a multimillion dollar rehabilitation. A day at River Rouge Park is a guaranteed good time!

Clark Park (48209)
This large park  is a prime spot for summer grilling and ideal for a city barbecue. Located in Southwest Detroit, the park is bounded by Clark Street to the west, Scotten Street to the east, West Vernor Highway to the north, and Fisher Freeway Service Drive to the south. Check the weather, call ahead, and reserve a pavilion for a picnic. A small fee is charged to use the space, but it’s well worth it. And don’t forget your sports gear, because Clark Park also offers baseball fields and tennis courts!

Palmer Park (48243)
This park is loads of fun and great for a picnic. Bound by Woodward to the east, McNichols (Six Mile) to the south and Seven Mile to the north, Palmer Park is surrounded by beautiful historic neighborhoods and chock full of facilities for summer fun. Consider a round of golf, some time at the Splash Park, or a walk on the nature trails to complement a sunny Saturday cookout.

Belle Isle (48207)
Detroit’s island gem, Belle Isle, is the top city spot for summer grilling! With pavilions and plenty of additional recreation, there’s no better place in Detroit for a picnic with family and friends. The island is just east of downtown, off of East Jefferson Avenue, and is accessible via the MacArthur Bridge at East Grand Boulevard.  While you must reserve a pavilion beforehand, there are some shady spots with picnic tables and in-ground grills on the west side of the island that are free-of-charge and require no reservations. When you’re looking to grill and picnic, there’s no place quite like Belle Isle. “The Isle” is the place to be!

Check out one or all of these city parks for a fun-filled weekend cookout!

Grilling in the City