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 Donna Folland, Supervisor of Planning and Resource Development at 248-736-9087 or  

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PLANNING NEWS - Recreation Plan 2023-2027

The Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR) 5-Year Parks and Recreation Master Plan 2023-2027 ("Recreation Plan") will guide staff and the Parks Commission over the next five years to provide high-quality recreational opportunities to the residents of Oakland County. The Recreation Plan 2023-2027 has been prepared following the guidelines provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and is now available on the Recreation Plan page.


Oakland County Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Six Rivers Land Conservancy, has developed a plan and grant application to acquire the remaining 70 acres of wetlands and woodlands in Troy known as Turtle Woods (north of Square Lake between John R. and Dequindre) and operate it as an Oakland County Nature Preserve. The application to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is due April 1. Feel free to contact Melissa Prowse for more information. 

The Turtle Woods Survey closed Friday, March 2, 2023. Thank you to everyone who took the Oakland County Parks and Recreation's survey about our proposed acquisition of the Turtle Woods nature preserve in Troy, Michigan. We will submit a grant application to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund by April 1 to acquire the property.  We loved hearing from you about what you'd like to see at Turtle Woods as well as any observations or memories of the property if you had visited it before. 

The Turtle Woods Open House was held on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023  4-7 p.m. More than 50 people stopped by to learn about the project and shared their thoughts and stories about this unique and beautiful piece of property. Special thanks to our friends at Evanswood Church, 2601 E. Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48085 - for hosting the event. 

The Public Hearing was held at the start of the March meeting of the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 2 p.m. The hearing provided the public an opportunity to provide comments to the Parks Commission regarding the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund application for acquisition of the Turtle Woods property. At this meeting, the grant application was approved by the Parks Commission for submittal to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.