The Madison Heights Parks and Recreation Plan was updated in 2020 to meet the standards for approval by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
. An approved plan makes a community eligible to apply for funding through the Grants Section of the DNR to assist in the acquisition and/or development of property for parks and recreation purposes. Approved plans are developed to cover a time frame of 5 years.
Since 1972, the City has secured 7 grants from the MDNR including the development of Rosie's, Ambassador, and Civic Center Parks, the acquisition of Simonds Woods, construction of the Nature Center at Suarez Woods, acquisition of additional acreage, and the replacement of the Wildwood Park play equipment. In addition to background information and analysis, the plan includes a Recreation Needs Analysis, Planning Process, Goals and Objectives, and Action Program that proposes specific projects for each of the 5 years of the plan. On December 14, 2020 this plan was approved by the City Council, and subsequently submitted to the MDNR.