Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Fall into autumn park events

by Brad Lindberg Staff Writer

October 03, 2013

CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — Registration began this week for seasonal membership in the municipal platform tennis program, October through April 30.

“Platform tennis becomes more popular every year,” said Christopher Hardenbrook, director of City of Grosse Pointe parks and recreation. “We refurbished the courts last year. They’re in great shape.”

Membership applications are available parks and recreation section of the city’s website,, at the Neff Park office and at city hall, 17147 Maumee.

Memberships are offered to city residents for $100 each.

Because the courts are located at Elworthy Field, which the Grosse Pointe Public School leases to the city, memberships are available to residents of the school district for $150 each.

“Membership fees this season have remained the same,” Hardenbrook said.

Courts are heated and open daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Reservations for one court may be made three days in advance for 1 1/2 hours per day.

“A reservation board is posted on the city web site,” Hardenbrook said. “A hard copy is posted at the courts themselves.”

Autumn kicked off last weekend at Neff Park with the Fall Harvest.


The city and Village merchants organize a Halloween costume celebration and trick-or-treating for school children in the Village 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

Ice skating

Winter activities start soon at Neff Park.

“We’ve started taking advantage of warm weather to set up the portable refrigerated ice skating rink,” Hardenbrook said.

The rink is tentatively scheduled to open toward the end of November.

“It’s refrigerated, but because the ice sits on warm ground, we need several days of cold weather to make ice,” Hardenbrook said. “We use sprinklers and hand-held hoses to build layers of ice little by little around the refrigeration coils. We can’t flood the rink. Otherwise, the coils float.”

Warming fires and complementary s’mores are offered from 2 to 7 p.m. every Saturday the rink is open.

Winterfest is at the park in late January.

Red Wings

The city partners with the Michigan Recreation & Parks Association to provide discounted tickets to the following Detroit Red Wings games:

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, vs. the Phoenix Coyotes, $30 and $45;

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, vs. the Washington Capitals, $40 and $55;

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, vs. the Nashville Predators, $30 and $45;

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, vs. the Anaheim Ducks, $30 and $45;

7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, vs. the St. Louis Blues, $30 and $45 and

5 p.m. Sunday, March 23, vs. the Minnesota Wild, $40 and $55.

To buy tickets, call Clark Rowekamp at (313) 394-7546, contact Rowekamp at or visit

The parks department also offers city residents the opportunity to buy discount tickets online to the Detroit Zoo.

For more information about City recreation programs and discount tickets, call the Neff Park office at (313) 343-5257 or visit the parks and recreation section of