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Tips for recycling Christmas trees

Christmas trees can have new “life” after holiday displays. With the annual Christmas Tree Recycling program going on hiatus in 2020, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, together with the Arbor Day Foundation, offers several tips for recycling Christmas Trees.

2021 Annual Vehicle Permits

Oakland County Parks and Recreation Annual Vehicle Permits are now available for 2021. Permits may be purchased online, by mail and in person at many locations throughout Oakland County

With voter approval of the 2020 Oakland County Parks and Recreation millage replacement and increase, we are pleased to be able to provide a free Annual Vehicle Permit to eligible Oakland County residents. Learn more here.

Fall OaKNotes

The Fall 2020 issue of the OAKNotes Newsletter is now available. Learn more about:

  • Countywide recreation projects
  • Catalpa Oaks County Park update
  • 2021 budget
  • Nov. 3 millage request
  • Free entry for Park Appreciation Days
  • 2021 Annual Vehicle Permits

Catalpa Oaks Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Board of Commissioners approves Oakland County Parks and Recreation ballot proposal for November election

At its August 6 meeting, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved placing a .35 mills Oakland County Parks and Recreation millage proposal on the November 3, 2020 ballot. The current millage is set to expire in 2021.

The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission, a bipartisan group, voted unanimously to recommend that the Board place the parks and recreation proposal on the November ballot.

July is Parks and Recreation Month

This year, the 13 Oakland County Parks have made necessary operational changes that ensure safe access to recreational opportunities. Whether it's a walk on a trail or a virtual recreation activity, Oakland County Parks' recreation professionals continue to innovate and offer activities for people of all ages and abilities. 

Summer 2020 OAKNotes

The Summer 2020 issue of the OAKNotes Newsletter is now available. Look inside this issue for information about camping at Addison Oaks and Groveland Oaks Campgrounds, the TrailBlazer Hiking Series and fall opening of the Holly Oaks ORV Park.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation Opening Beaches

Independence Oaks County Park will open its beach June 11. A second beach operated by the parks system, located within Groveland Oaks County Park, opens June 25 when that park and campground opens for the season. Both beaches are non-lifeguarded.

The Oakland County Fair Board voted to cancel the traditional 2020 Oakland County Fair, July 10-19, 2020. The 2021 Fair dates will be July 9-18, 2021.

Current COVID-19 Operating Status

Learn more about which park facilities are open.

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.

Parks Restroom Availability

For personal comfort during your visit to an Oakland County Park, we are providing a list of 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.