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Berkley, MI 48072

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Bacon Park Development

If We Build it, They will PLAY!

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Bacon Park (formerly Jaycee Park) is a premier park in the City of Berkley. Nestled near Beaumont Hospital on the border of Berkley and Royal Oak, it is a destination for residents, non-residents, hospital employees, and people from all over who enjoy its mature trees, walking path, pavilion rental for parties, and playground for children. This 2.7-acre park is a true treasure for the community and beyond.

We plan to maintain the rich character of Bacon Park and have brought many of the amenities at the park into the 21st century for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

We had the vision to build an inclusive playground at Jaycee Park with updates to the pathways, a new playscape, and to increase the accessibility and use of the park. The playground's updated and accessible equipment was part of the City's 2021-2025 Parks & Recreation Master Plan and was funded through City dollars, crowdfunding, and an MEDC match.

Park improvements were finished in Fall 2023!

A Multi-Generational Gathering Space
For community enjoyment, socialization, healthy bodies, and imaginative fun.

What is Inclusive Play?
An inclusive playground is one in which children and adults of all abilities can interact with each other and do what everyone wants to do: PLAY!

Inclusive play goes beyond the required ADA accessibility requirements to create play experiences that meet a variety of needs and interests. These environments are sensory-rich and enable children to develop physically, socially, and emotionally. Inclusive playgrounds are engaging places that provide the just-right level of challenge and offer opportunities to succeed.

Inclusive playgrounds also allow adults of varying ages and abilities to actively engage with children in their care. 

Benefits and Reference of Inclusive Play:

Check out our FAQs here!

How were the plans developed?
The Parks & Recreation Department toured several inclusive playgrounds in Southeast Michigan. These walkthroughs in addition to their knowledge of inclusive play have helped inform the foundation for the play we hope to see at Jaycee Park.

We believe it is important to provide access for all residents and non-residents with a wide range of design elements for all children and people of all ages to interact. The city has identified that an inclusive park and playground are needed at Jaycee Park as it is the ideal place to have this type of development. Not only will this development serve Berkley residents, but this park will showcase the high standards we strive for in the community and the region. 

There are several play elements that we plan to have as part of this park design. Below are a number of those elements:

  • Soft surface design throughout the entire play area
  • Zip Krooz –Double Track Line with accessible swing
  • We-Go-Round spinner
  • Cozy Dome
  • Friendship Swing and other accessible swings
  • Ramp accessible large play structure
  • Sensory panels and music
  • Accessible seating near the play structure
Thanks to the support of the community, we are building a park space that will be a vibrant and significant location spot for more Berkley enjoyment, socialization, healthy activities, and imaginative fun!

Below is a breakdown of the park renderings provided by Penchura, a specialized inclusive park development firm. Installation is scheduled for Spring 2023!

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If you are interested in donating or have questions, contact our Parks & Recreation Director, Theresa McArleton at 248-658-3470 or email at

You can also check out our FAQs here!

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