National Park and Recreation Month

Oakland County Parks and Recreation celebrates, advocates and recreates with discounts and events for everyone as part of National Park and Recreation Month.

“Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers activities, events and programs for all ages and interests,” Executive Officer Dan Stencil said. “Our 13-parks system provides close-to-home recreational opportunities and entertaining staycations. This month we hope everyone will join us in celebrating the varied resources of natural landscapes and recreational programs that the parks system has to offer.”

For All Ages

To promote healthy and active lifestyles in all ages and abilities, Oakland County Parks and Recreation opened the new, universally-accessible Paradise Peninsula Playscape at Waterford Oaks County Park. The playscape is now open 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. through Sept. 15. Hours will be adjusted seasonally.

For the Dogs

To promote canine activity, Oakland County Parks and Recreation also opened the new Red Oaks Dog Park in Madison Heights, featuring 5.2 acres of fenced areas for dogs to run off-leash; a picnic shelter; and a
60-space paved parking lot.

The parks system is also celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Orion Oaks Dog Park with a Yappy Birthday Party on Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Get Wet

Families and friends can enjoy the Red Oaks and Waterford Oaks waterparks with lower rates and Splash Bonus days.
Splash Bonus Free Open House and After-Hours Aquatic Adventure is available 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Waterford Oaks Waterpark on July 21 and Red Oaks Waterpark on July 28.

Although waterpark features will not be available after-hours, guests can enjoy special activities, including: GO! Paddle and GO! Fish adventures; duck races on the slides; puppet shows; big wheel races; and free popsicles. Free entry and special activities are only available after-hours.

For the Golfers

Golfers of all ages can compete in tournaments throughout the month. Youth through age 18 are invited to golf in a 9-hole Junior Golf Tournament on July 25 at Red Oaks Golf Course. Registration is required one week prior to event.
Men and women ages 50 and better are invited to golf in the Champion Tour, a 9-hole competition on July 30 at Springfield Oaks Golf Course. Registration and payment are required one week in advance.

For the Campers

Campers can save with lower rates Sunday – Thursday at Addison Oaks and Groveland Oaks campgrounds. Both parks offer cabins, modern and group sites; as well as trails, fishing, swimming and bike rentals. Addison Oaks offers 7.5 miles of marked mountain bike and hiking trails, a 2.5-mile paved trail and a
24-hole disc golf course. Groveland Oaks features a giant waterslide, 18-hole mini golf course, skate park and one-mile paved hiking trail.

Courtney Lawless

Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.

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