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Memorial Day weekend at our parks

Hiking, biking, fishing, disc golfing, dog walking, kayaking and bird watching are all options at Oakland County Parks and Recreation this Memorial Day - despite limited park operations due to COVID-19.

Golf carts back at Oakland County Parks Golf Courses

Starting Monday, May 11, golf carts will be allowed at the five Oakland County Parks Golf Courses.

Only one rider per cart is allowed, per the executive order issued by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Two riders per cart allowed if from the same household. Carts will be available on a first-come, first served basis.

Carts must be prepaid with tee times. No on-site in person payment option is available at this time due to clubhouses and pro shops being closed to the public. Cart rates are $10 for 9 holes and $15 for 18 holes. Juniors, 17 and under, ride for free with paid adult (same household).

Waterparks closed for 2020 season

Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights and Waterford Oaks Waterpark in Waterford will remain closed for the 2020 season. Social distancing cannot be achieved by swimmers in a wave pool or other water attractions. OCPR made this decision with input from the Oakland County Health Division.

Free park entry until June 1

Until June 1, all park entrance fees have been waived, allowing anyone to enjoy the splendor of the Oakland County day-use parks at no charge. The waiver was announced jointly by County Executive Dave Coulter, the County Board of Commissioners and the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Oakland County Farmers Market expanding schedule; adding Sunday market

Beginning May 2, the Oakland County Farmers Market resumes its summer operation of three days and will add a Sunday market beginning May 10. Also now allowed under the latest executive order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer is the sale of plants, flowers, bedding plants and personal hygiene products. The market will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. starting May 2, according to Market Manager Jeremy Brown. He encourages people to visit on Tuesdays and Thursdays when crowds are smaller.

Golf Courses opening May 1 & 4

Golfers can grab their clubs, face masks and hand sanitizer, before heading to their favorite Oakland County Parks and Recreation golf course. Glen Oaks Golf Course in Farmington Hills and White Lake Oaks Golf Course in White Lake open Friday, May 1. Three other courses will open on Monday, May 4 -- Lyon Oaks Golf Course in Lyon Township, Red Oaks Golf Course in Madison Heights and Springfield Oaks Golf Course in Davisburg.

Parks Restroom Availability

For personal comfort during your visit to an Oakland County Park, we are providing a list of portable restroom locations that are available during the COVID-19 situation since some of our facilities are closed, or not yet open for the season. The portable restrooms are being maintained by a contracted service. If you find an issue, please call our front desk at 248-858-0906 so we can call our contractors to address any cleaning issues.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation Response to COVID-19

At Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the health and safety of all park guests and employees is the top priority through the developing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Due to mandates of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Oakland County Executive David Coulter, Oakland County Parks and Recreation is making operational changes.