Parks Commission


The Parks Commission was established in 1966 under Public Act 261 of 1965. The 10-member Parks Commission board is made up of six elected officials and four members of the public: Oakland County Executive or designee; Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner or designee; one member of the Road Commission for Oakland County; three members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners; and four members of the public appointed by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

The Parks Commission is responsible for planning, developing, and operating parks and recreation facilities, making rules and regulations of the parks system, establishing a fee structure and approving budget expenditures. The Parks Commission is also responsible for recommending the acquisition of new parkland, the acceptance of grant funding, and the entrance into use agreements, all of which require the approval of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

We create and operate accessible, welcoming and sustainable parks and public spaces, provide recreational and educational programs and opportunities, preserve open space and steward the environment to help all people be healthier and build resilient, connected communities in Oakland County.

Oakland County Parks, programs, services and facilities are made possible by millage funds supported by Oakland County residents. For a home or business valued at $200,000, the homeowner pays approximately $35/year to support Oakland County Parks and Recreation.  

Upcoming meeting: February 1, 2023 - 2:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Parks Commission Room, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328.

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