New Splash Pads & Parks Coming SOON

Updates & Pics of Lily Pad Springs Splash Pad in West Bloomfield, the Rochester Hills Splash Pad, Normandy Oaks Park in Royal Oak, and The Hawk in Farmington Hills! Exciting debuts in 2021 all around Oakland County set for this summer.

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OAKLAND COUNTY WATERPARKS – SPRAYPARKS – SPLASHPADS

Normandy Oaks Park & Splash Pad
NOW OPEN
Normandy Oaks (1600 North Campbell Road Royal Oak, MI 48067)
Thanks to the November 2020 parks millage, Oakland County Parks is set to invest more than 1 million dollars to the 40-acre Normandy Oaks Park site. Operated by the City of Royal Oak, construction of Normandy Oaks has been significantly hampered in 2019 due to heavy rains and in 2020 due to covid. When it opens this summer, Normandy Park is set to include a splash pad, large playground, pavilion, sledding hill, trails, nature area, turf soccer fields, and more.

REVIEW AND PICS OF NORMANDY OAKS

Normandy Oaks Royal Oak Pics

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Lily Pad Springs Splash Pad
NOW OPEN
Lily Pad Springs (6200 Farmington Rd, West Bloomfield, MI, 48322)
West Bloomfield Parks began plans for renovation of its aging West Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center in 2017. The splash pad, Lily Pad Springs, features 4 water slides, a giant splash bucket, and more than 50 play features. The water used at Lily Pad Springs is treated. You can purchase “session times”, 2-hour blocks from 11a-6p, daily through the summer. Sessions will be available to purchase for both residents & non-residents beginning May 1.
Pics – Courtesy of wbparks.org

REVIEW AND PICS OF LILY PAD SPRINGS

Lily Pad Springs Splash Pad Pics

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Rochester Hills Splash Pad at Emmons Plaza
NOW OPEN
Rochester Hills Splash Pad (Emmons Rd & Auburn Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307)
The RH Splash Pad is part of the Auburn Road Project, the 6-mile corridor of Auburn Rd through the City of Rochester Hills. Covid delayed the splash pad opening but they finished it up in late Fall and Mayor Bryan Barnett had a soft launch opening on October 23, 2020. It’s not the biggest splash pad in the county, but it’s modern and nice (and FREE). There is a ribbon-cutting tentatively scheduled for June 9 (last day of school) but I’m told it may open a little earlier.

REVIEW AND PICS OF THE ROCHESTER HILLS SPLASH PAD

Rochester Hills Splash Pad Pics

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The Hawk
NOW OPEN
The Hawk (29995 W 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI)
The City of Farmington Hills took over the old Farmington Hills Harrison High School site location and created a state of the art community center – The Hawk. The Hawk will feature a fitness center, party rental rooms to rent, E-sports facilities (and leagues), an IMPRESSIVE aquatics center, outdoor fields & courts, and more. Highlights of The indoor Hawk Aquatics Center include: zero-depth entry pool, lap swim, a lazy river, waterslide, zipline & climbing wall, swim lessons, birthday parties, and more. The Hawk will be a focal point of The Farmington Hills Special Services Department for summer camps, youth sports, senior programming, and more.

REVIEW AND PICS OF THE HAWK FARMINGTON HILLS COMMUNITY CENTER

Farmington Hills The Hawk Pics (and artist renderings)

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Maple Beach Playground at Kensington Metropark
NOW OPEN
Maple Beach at Kensington Metropark (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, www.metroparks.com)
“The playground will have solid, rubber safety surfacing, sensory-friendly equipment, transfer-stations onto the playscape, spaces for quiet independent play, dignity landings on slides and more. The space’s layout and design concept have been reviewed and evaluated by multiple organizations through the Fun, Accessible, Inclusive Recreation (FAIR) Play Coalition, ensuring this project is accessible, and inclusive to all ages and abilities. The FAIR Play Coalition is an advisory group for this project comprised of organizations and individuals that have expertise in working with those with disabilities or who have disabilities themselves.”
Pic – Courtesy of metroparks.com

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KENSINGTON METROPARK REVIEW / PICS / INFO

Maple Beach Playground at Kensington Metropark Pics (Artist Renderings)

See our Oakland County Parks Tab for more Oakland County and Metro Detroit, Michigan park reviews and pics.

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