Planning at Oakland County Parks and Recreation is an integrated process that focuses on parks, recreational facilities, and the organization as a whole. The Planning and Resource Development unit of Oakland County Parks works with the Parks Commission, park staff, park visitors, local governments, and the public to create plans that are founded on research and public engagement and that measure outcomes, making adjustments as needed.  For more information about the activities and products of the Planning and Resource Development unit, contact Melissa Prowse, Supervisor of Planning and Resource Development at 248-249-2801 or

Recreation Plan                                                      Strategic Action Plan                         Dashboard and Data Book

Capital Improvements and Maintenance          Park Plans                                            Access and Inclusion

Operating Budget          


Mill Pond Dam Meeting - Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Springfield Township Civic Center Meeting Room - 12000 Davisburg Road, Davisburg, MI 48350

You’re invited to meet with Springfield Township and Oakland County Parks and Recreation staff to discuss the feasibility study that is currently being conducted of the Davisburg Mill Pond Dam. The purpose of this second public information meeting will be for the consulting engineers to present more detailed findings and conclusions and provide images and renderings to illustrate what each of the options could look like. 


  • 6:30-7:00 - Open House - information boards, images and renderings on display
  • 7:00-7:30 - Brief presentation on 90% Draft Submittal of the Feasibility Report
  • 7:30 - Q & A


Further details on the feasibility study and the history of this project are available on Springfield Township's web site. Comments on the draft report can be submitted to Melissa Prowse, Supervisor of Planning and Resource Development at 248-249-2801 or  

Off-Road Vehicle Park Update - April 3, 2019

The Oakland County Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Park that has been in the planning stages for many years finally received its official green light from Oakland County on Tuesday, April 2, as the Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved a 20-year operating agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR).  Under the agreement, the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission (OCPRC) will operate the ORV Park, located in Groveland and Holly Townships, in partnership with the MDNR.  The park, consisting of former (and active) sand and gravel mines, is across Dixie Highway from Groveland Oaks County Park and Campground and will have easy access off I-75 (at Grange Hall) and Dixie Highway.  The park is currently scheduled to open in July 2020.

Please see the full press release for all the details, and our Fact Sheet for additional information.

In addition to the agreement being approved, Oakland County Parks and Recreation put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) last week seeking to work with the business community in Southeast Michigan on the development and operation of the park.  The RFP is looking for local businesses or organizations interested in sponsorship, ORV feature development (that would be open to the public but also available for R&D or demonstration activities), guest services, special events, and anything in-between.  Please visit the Oakland County Purchasing Web site for additional information on this exciting opportunity.  Bids are due June 11 and a pre-bid meeting at the ORV Park site will be held May 10 for interested businesses.