Dodge Park Reopens to Major Improvements

Dodge Park reopened on June 28 following months of being closed for renovations that completely rehauled the 51.2-acre park in the City of Sterling Heights. The improvements were due to the Recreating Recreation mileage passed in 2016 by the residents to fund $45 million in amenities at Dodge Park and other city/neighbor parks.

Photos of basketball court (left) and four sand volleyball courts (right)

The project consisted of redeveloping the park with new and repaved parking areas; new park access drive at the west end of the park; new and resurfaced pathways; new amphitheater; new Farmers Market pavilion including public restrooms and a seasonal ice rink with a refrigerated slab; new splash park, ticket booth and seating areas; new mini-soccer field; four new sand volleyball courts; new horse shoe pit; and renovations to the existing restroom building. Demolition work included the old Parks and Recreation building and bandshell, and four old pavilions.

Photos of pavilion with the amphitheater in background (left) and Farmers Market that will convert to an ice rink in the winter (right)

Dorchen/Martin Associates of Southfield was chosen by the City of Sterling Heights to provide architecture and planning services for the park improvements. Dorchen/Martin in turn contracted with NFE to provide civil engineering and land surveying services.

NFE provided preliminary site plans, engineering plans and construction documents for demolition, grading and paving, utility, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and soil erosion and sedimentation control. Prior we surveyed the land and prepared topographic/boundary and tree surveys. We also provided construction staking, construction administration and inspection services during construction.

Photos of the very popular splash park (left) and resurfaced asphalt pathways (right)

In 2016, under contract with Dorchen/Martin, NFE worked on improvements to six parks, and are currently working on improving the parking lots for four parks. We are proud to be part of the revitalization of parks for the residents of Sterling Heights. For more information on this project or for your next municipal project, contact Pat Williams at 248-332-7931 or

Photos of asphalt parking lot (left) and access drive at the west end of the park (right)