Oakland County Parks Offers FREE Admission During Coronavirus – FREE park entry for all Oakland County Parks is being offered by the OC Parks Dept through May 31 due to concerns with Coronavirus / Covid-19.
Oakland County Parks has canceled all events, programming, and mobile recreation services through May 31. The OC Farmers Market will remain open during this period, but no food tasting by vendors will be allowed. Other parks facilities that will be closed will include the Red Oaks Nature Center at Red Oaks County Park, the Wint Nature Center inside Independence Oaks County Park, the Springfield Oaks Activity Center, and the Waterford Oaks Activity Center & Lookout Lodge located at Waterford Oaks County Park.
UPDATE – 3/21 – While the parks will be open with FREE admission, use of playground equipment and playscape areas will be prohibited. “The Oakland County Health Division today issued emergency orders to close all shopping malls, playground equipment and require all childcare centers to develop and implement a daily screening protocol for children, staff, parents and visitors to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus.”
UPDATE – 3/23 – The Oakland County Parks Dog Parks will be closed until further notice. The Oakland County Health Officer has decided that due to the nature of dog parks, residents would be unable to maintain a safe social distance to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The rest of the parks, but not the playgrounds, will continue to remain open and with FREE admission.
UPDATE – 5/5 – Oakland County Parks is extending FREE admission to Addison Oaks, Catalpa Oaks, Highland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks, Red Oaks, Rose Oaks, and Waterford Oaks County Parks through May 31. The Dog Parks REMAIN closed as do the nature centers at Red Oaks & Waterford Oaks and all playgrounds. “Our visitor numbers have increased three-fold for this time of year based on car counts,” Parks Executive Officer Dan Stencil said. “It’s obvious people are enjoying a place to stretch their legs and get outdoors with their immediate family. And, we have observed that our guests are taking the call to social distancing seriously. Their diligence played a part in our decision to extend the free park entry.”
UPDATE FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – FREE Park entry all weekend at 9 Oakland County Parks – Addison Oaks, Catalpa Oaks, Highland Oaks, Lyon Oaks, Independence Oaks, Orion Oaks, Red Oaks, Rose Oaks, and Waterford Oaks. Enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, disc golfing, dog walking, kayaking and more. Dog parks, waterparks, nature centers, and restrooms remain closed.
UPDATE 6/5 – FREE park admission at Oakland County Parks has ended and they will begin charging regular rates for park entry. Daily park entry is just $5/vehicle for Oakland County residents; non-residents pay $12. Seniors ages 62 and older, persons with disabilities, military personnel and veterans pay $4/vehicle. When contact stations are closed, visitors may purchase the daily pass at electronic pay stations at the park entrances.
Oakland County Parks Offers FREE Admission During Coronavirus
Addison Oaks County Park (1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard, Michigan 48367, 248-693-2432)
Catalpa Oaks County Park (27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield, Michigan, 248-858-0916)
Groveland Oaks County Park (14555 Dixie Highway, Holly, Michigan, 248-634-9811)
Highland Oaks County Park (6555 Milford Road, Highland, Michigan 48442, 248-858-0906)
Independence Oaks County Park (9501 Sashabaw Road, Clarkston, Michigan 48348, 248-625-0877) – Wint Nature Center Closed (REVIEW / PICS)
Lyon Oaks County Park (52221 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, Michigan 48393, 248-858-0906) (REVIEW / PICS)
Orion Oaks County Park (2301 Clarkston Road, Lake Orion, Michigan 48360, 248-858-0906 or 248-625-0877) (REVIEW / PICS)
Red Oaks County Park (30300 Hales Street, Madison Hts, MI 48071, 248-585-0100) – Trails Open / Nature Center Closed (REVIEW / PICS)
Rose Oaks County Park (10400 Fish Lake Road, Holly, Michigan 48442, 248-858-0906)
Springfield Oaks County Park (12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg, Michigan, 248-858-0916)
Waterford Oaks County Park (2800 Watkins Lake Rd, Waterford, Michigan 48328, 248-858-0916)
Oakland County Dog Parks CLOSED During Coronavirus / Covid-19 Concerns
Orion Oaks Dog Park (1200 Joslyn Rd, Lake Orion, MI, 248-858-0906 www.OaklandCountyParks.com) (REVIEW / PICS)
Lyon Oaks Dog Park (52221 Pontiac Trail, Wixom, MI 48393, 1-888-OC-PARKS, www.OaklandCountyParks.com) (REVIEW / PICS)
Red Oaks Dog Park (Dequindre & 13 Mile Rd – Enter off of Dequindre, www.OaklandCountyParks.com)
All playgrounds, park buildings, and restrooms at all of the facilities will be closed with portable restrooms set up in their stead.
Parks Executive Officer Dan Stencil reminds people to bring their own bottles of water and some hand sanitizer to ensure everyone can practice safe “social distancing” while enjoying the great outdoors.
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