Parks Planning & Development


The 2022-2027 Ferndale Parks and Recreation Plan is an update of the City of Ferndale’s previous Parks and Recreation Plan and an extension of the City of Ferndale Master Plan. This Parks and Recreation Plan carries the overarching open space strategy forward to guide the specifics of planning, developing, programming, and sustaining the City’s recreation, land, and facilities. This plan update to the 2017-2021 plan is expected to be amended in 2022 to fully capture the alignment with the Plan Ferndale Master Plan and Climate Action Plan. View the full plan here.

Current Park Improvements



The Parks and Recreation Department (P&RD) is happy to announce that construction at Wilson Park has begun!  Wilson Park will be transformed through new amenities and features to increase accessibility and activity throughout the area.


"Wilson Park's transformation is more than just a project; it's a promise to our community,” said LaReina Wheeler, Director of Parks and Recreation.  “We're creating a space where everyone can come together, play, and connect. This project isn't just about asphalt and concrete; it's about building a stronger, more vibrant community."


  • Construction activities began the week of May 6, 2024! The park will remain closed for the duration of construction, which is anticipated to conclude by the end of summer. In the meantime, consider visiting one of the other 13 City parks. Learn more on our parks page.
  • The Wilson Dog Park will remain open for the duration of construction. For more information about becoming a member, visit the Dog Park page.  
  • Due to the nature of construction, there may be noise throughout the day, beginning in the morning and subsiding in the evening (7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.). Construction activity will take place from Monday to Saturday, weather permitting. Construction staff will do their best to minimize noise disruptions in the process.
  • Safety is the top priority for the City and the construction staff. Entering Wilson Park property during or after working hours is not permitted. Additionally, handling any construction items or equipment is not allowed and will be subject to legal action.


The project’s main components include the following:


  • An ADA-accessible walking path throughout the park
  • New playground equipment with accessible features
  • A new picnic shelter
  • Parking lot expansion and improvement, including two ADA spots


In addition to the main components, the project will also see the park improved with new benches, picnic tables, a new drinking fountain, bike rack & repair station, new trash and recycling bins, and signage highlighting improvements and features. 


The City will also extend awareness and care to the park’s historic Ginkgo Tree.  This will not be affected, except to add signage.


The Parks & Rec Department has worked diligently to secure more than $400,000 in grant funding from sources to help bring this project to fruition.  These grant sources include the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, Gametime, the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, America in Bloom, and the American Academy of Dermatology.


For any additional questions or concerns, please contact Ferndale Parks and Recreation at 248-544-6767 or email