​​​​​​​​​P​lanning 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​. ​


5-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2018-2022

December 21, 2017

The 5-Year Parks and Recreation Plan 2018-2022 ("Recreation Plan") is designed to guide the staff and the Parks and Recreation Commission over the next five years as we continue to provide high-quality recreational opportunities to the residents of Oakland County. The Recreation Plan is prepared following the guidelines provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 

Thank you to everyone (141 people) who commented on the Recreation Plan during the public comment period from November 20 to December 20.

The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room (2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328) for the purpose of receiving comments on the draft Recreation Plan. An overview of the Recreation Plan and a summary of public comment received to date will be presented prior to opening the public hearing. 

Per the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals who require special accommodations should contact OCPR Planning at: (248) 249-2801 at least two business days prior to the hearing. The regular Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission meeting will follow the public hearing. 


Off-Road Vehicle Park Update

September 26, 2017
The Michigan Department of Resources, earlier this year, purchased 235 acres of sand and gravel mines for the future development of an Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) park in Groveland and Holly Townships.  This acquisition was made possible due to a $2.9 million grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) to develop and ORV facility in southeast Michigan.  The intent of the grant is for the MDNR to partner with Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) to operate the facility, which is across Dixie Highway from Groveland Oaks County Park and Campground.  The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission is currently reviewing adjacent parcels and access to the site to develop a site plan for the proposed park.  At this time there is not yet an agreement between the MDNR and OCPR, nor is there a projected timeframe in which the park will open. 
Please check back for updates, or contact OCPR Planning Supervisor Melissa Prowse at 248-249-2801 or with any comments or questions.  Questions and comments may also be directed to the MDNR by contacting Jason Fleming at 517-930-6726 or
PLEASE NOTE 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 PUBLIC ACCESS allowed at the site, either on-foot or in vehicles of any kind. 

5-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2013-2017 

The 5-Year Recreation Plan guides staff and decision-makers as they provide park and recreation services to the residents of Oakland County and continually strive for social, environmental and fiscal sustainability of the parks system. The current plan was adopted by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and approved by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 2013 and expires on December 31, 2017.  Contact Donna Follan​d, Senior Planner, at (248) 736-9087 or for more information about Oakland County Parks 5-Year Recreation Plan.

Additional appendices are available on request. 

​​​​​Annual Dashboard and Data Book

​The staff and Parks Commission have access to park-related data from many sources - surveys, vehicle and trail counters, external databases, natural resource monitoring and point-of-sale information, for example. This report provides a broad overview of park statistics and trends, as well as richer, more detailed, facility-level data. Both levels of data are needed for making plans and decisions regarding park facilities. Contact Donna ​Follan​d, Senior Planner, at (248) 736-9087​ or for more information about data collection and management.

​Capital Improvement and Maintenance Management Plans - Fiscal Year 2018

​​​The Capital Improvement and Maintenance Management Plans anticipate the design, construction and maintenance projects over the next 5 years. The Management Plans are submitted to the Parks Commission annually for review and approval. ​The development of management plans is guided by the recommendations of individual park plans and annual project meetings with park operations staff for the maintenance and improvement of the park.​ Contact Mike Donnellon, Chief of Park Facilities, Maintenance & Development at 248-343-6290 or with questions or for more information.

Park Plans​

The purpose of the park planning process is to ensure that operational and facility improvements are designed to meet the recreational needs of Oakland County residents and are welcoming to people of all abilities, ages, and cultures. The primary focus is on the long-term stability, management, and programming of existing assets and facilities, with a secondary focus on development of new assets and facilities. ​ Park plans consist of three documents that are updated annually: Park Planning Process Executive Summary, which outlines the overall objectives for all parks; the Baseline Park Analysis; and the Park Vision and Facility Concepts. These documents are received and filed by the Parks Commission and will be incorporated into the next version of the Rec Plan for 2018-2022. ​​​​​​Contact Donna Follan​d, Senior Planner, at (248) 736-9087​ or for more information about individual park plans. 

ADA Transition Plan

The ADA Transition Plan is being developed to satisfy the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In 2006, OCPRC hired two consulting companies to carry out a thorough assessment of all physical barriers within the 11 county parks then in existence. These barriers were identified because they have the potential to prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in the programs, services, and activities offered to the public by and within the Oakland County park system. In addition, the identified barriers are not in conformance with ADA accessibility standards and guidelines.
The Transition Plan is now being developed by updating and photo documenting the 2006 assessment and providing additional solutions and prioritization for the barrier removal process. Completion of the Transition Plan is being completed along the same schedule as that for the parks’ Vision and Concepts, so that information on barrier removal may be incorporated into the documents. For more information, contact Melissa Prowse, Supervisor of Planning and Resource Development at (248) 249-2801 or​. ​

Professional Resources

The following resources are provided in response to requests to share templates and processes that have been developed by OPCR staff. Please contact Donna Folland, Senior Planner, at (248) 736-9087​ or with questions or ​for more information about these resources.