Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) have finalized the details on a 20-year operating agreement for the ORV Park in Groveland and Holly Townships. Through this agreement, OCPR will operate the park, which will remain state-owned and will be a joint state-county park. The operating agreement is set to be approved by the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Oakland County Board of Commissioners in March 2019, and will take effect January 1, 2020. In the meantime, OCPR and MDNR have also agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding for 2019, which allows OCPR access to the site for planning and development purposes in 2019. OCPR has hired ROWE Professional Services and Trails Unlimited to work with our staff and the MDNR in 2019 to develop a design and phasing plan for the park. OCPR will work to implement that plan in late 2019 and early 2020, with the goal of opening the park to the public by June or July 2020.
In the meantime, the MDNR maintains full site control, and is making the site available to business, clubs and other organizations interested in holding organized, private (not open to the public) events at the site, in conjunction with our planning process. These events can range from volunteer days to demo days to customer appreciation days, etc. There are fees and insurance requirements for this use, and events must be coordinated in conjunction with current planning efforts – meaning anyone who would like to use the site will be asked to assist us with our planning efforts in the process, by either providing feedback, volunteering, and/or testing features at the site. For more information on using the site in 2019, please contact Jon Noyes, OCPR Principal Planner, at (248) 760-8360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also be reaching out to the business community in early 2019 regarding how they can be involved in the park going forward.
For additional information about the park, contact Melissa Prowse, OCPR Supervisor of Planning, at (248) 249-2801 or email@example.com, or Jason Fleming, MDNR Chief of Resource Protection and Promotion, at (517) 930-6726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We greatly appreciate all of the continued support for this exciting park development and the unwavering enthusiasm of ORV users both local and from around the state. Having two major governmental institutions working together to create this unique park experience has taken a bit longer than we had anticipated, but we are making great progress, even if it isn't always visible! We look forward to sharing additional updates in the New Year.
Please remember that portions of the site, while now owned by the MDNR, are still active mining and extraction sites while the mining operations wind down and remove the remaining material. There is currently no vehicular access allowed at the site except via special use permit as noted above.