Parks Department

12/12/2022 City Council Agenda Item Notice (Info Link)

Support Memorial Grove Park, "The Grove"

The City is developing the scope of the Memorial Grove Park Plan.  The new all-abilities park will be specifically designed to bring together children, families, and loved ones of all ages and ability levels to enjoy the many benefits of outdoor play and recreation. Incorporating accessible design elements affords the City of Rochester the opportunity to give all community members the ability to recreate equally. 

The Grove Improvements will benefit children and adults with special needs where they can safely explore and play with others of varied abilities.  It will be designed to be fun and accessible; a community within a community that can bring together individuals of all ages - from toddlers to seniors - and all abilities to experience the simple, everyday joy of outside play.

That universal design is a critical factor in the entry ways into the park providing the opportunity for individuals with physical impairment to access The Grove and its amenities safely. The City will design the park to provide total community access to children and families regardless of an individual’s physical limitations.

The City is committed to providing and enhancing connectivity to other amenities of the Park and within close proximity to the Paint Creek Trail. This project will not be possible without the support of grants, therefore, we ask if you would please submit letters of support to

Support letters must be received by March 22, 2021.  This project has the potential to become a jewel in our community, help us make it come to fruition!

Park Bathrooms Closed for Season 

The park bathrooms have been closed for the season, the public can use the bathrooms in the Police Department and City Hall during the winter months. 

If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works (DPW) at (248) 651-5165.


The Parks Department is responsible for:
  • Overseeing and maintaining the seven parks that serve both intensive and passive recreational needs
  • Maintaining the portions of the Paint Creek Trail and Clinton River Trail which are within the city boundaries
  • Overseeing a comprehensive right-of-way tree program in the City