The Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission makes reasonable accommodations to assist individuals with disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Since 1990 when the ADA was enacted, Oakland County Parks and Recreation has been a leader in the recreation industry, and a resource for other agencies wishing to make their facilities and services more accessible.

Understanding that recreational opportunities are important not only for individuals with cognitive and physical impairments but also individuals who experience joint replacements, strokes and heart problems, Oakland County Parks and Recreation has:

  • Installed amenities such as flip door and faucet handles and ramps, and lowered controls like light switches and sinks so that individuals in wheelchairs can easily access them.
  • Created paved trails in many of our parks.
  • Considered ADA compliance in all park improvements, including trails, infrastructure and buildings.
  • Inspected and are in the process of making all playgrounds accessible to wheelchairs and walkers. Paradise Peninsula Playscape at Waterford Oaks County Park is completely barrier-free.
  • ​Plans and facilitates programs (link to Adaptive Rec page) designed for individuals with physical and mental impairments.
  • Provides special equipment for individuals with disabilities so that they can enjoy the parks. Whether it's a trail walk, a golf match or a trip to the waterpark, all abilities can participate at the Oakland County Parks. Usually all it takes is a phone call at least 24 hours in advance, to arrange accommodations.
  • Created an Other Power Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD) policy (link to policy) regarding visitors with a mobility disability using an OPDMD on park trails and pathways.

For more information about Oakland County Parks and Recreation's efforts to make accommodations for individuals with disabilities, call 248-858-0906 or email