What you need to know
— Oakland County Parks and Recreation Nov. 3, 2020 Millage
"Great Parks for Great People" has never been truer than during this year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oakland County Parks and Recreation waived park entry fees from March through June. The parks remained open so its 80 miles of trails could be used for hiking, walking and biking – and the use of trails increased exponentially as residents sought ways to relieve stress, maintain fitness and find peace in the great outdoors. When Executive Orders from Michigan's Governor permitted, other park facilities opened with enhanced cleaning and safety protocol for guests.
Every year, more than 2 million people visit the 13 Oakland County Parks, located in all four quadrants of Oakland County. An additional 1.6 million people are served through outreach programs, Recreation Assistance Partnership Program (RAPP) visits, community collaborations and special events with Oakland County's 62 cities, villages and townships.
The parks system is funded by a millage that has never increased since 1966. The current .2310 millage rate is set to expire Dec. 31, 2021. On Nov. 3, 2020, residents will be asked to vote on a millage replacement and increase to .35 mills to improve, operate, and maintain parks, open space and water areas, trails and recreation activities.