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Monday, 31 May, 2010 5:21 PM

Oakland County Parks and Recreation seeks millage renewal

Photos courtesy of Oakland County Parks and Recreation

 

PONTIAC, Mich. -- Oakland County Parks and Recreation reminds you to vote in the August 3, 2010 election.

The parks proposal is a renewal, not an increase. Most homeowners will contribute approximately $21 per year. Voters have passed the renewal each time since the park system was created in 1966.

Past millage funding has made possible the acquisition of several new parks throughout the county, increased campsites at Addison Oaks and Groveland Oaks, two dog parks, golf course improvements and much more.

Plans for the future include expansion of trails, increased initiatives to protect wildlife and water resources, park system repairs and upgrades, and electronic reservation/registration systems.

For more information, visit www.destinationoakland.com/millageawareness or call 1-888-OCPARKS.

Vote August 3, 2010.

 

PROVIDING WHAT YOU VALUE SINCE 1966

Oakland County Parks and Recreation values what you value – family relationships, good health, community connections, environmental stewardship and economic stability.

On August 3, 2010, Oakland County voters will be asked to vote on the renewal of a 10-year .2415 millage for the purpose of operating, maintaining, improving and acquiring parks and recreation areas and facilities in Oakland County, Michigan.

For a home valued at $200,000, the homeowner currently pays less than $25 a year to support the Oakland County Parks.
The Oakland County Parks started welcoming guests in 1966. The parks system serves 1.5 million visitors annually.

The 13 Oakland County Parks include 68 miles of trails, day-use parks, campgrounds, nature centers, waterparks and golf courses.
Recent Oakland County Parks has received the results of this year's community survey.

During the past decade, Oakland County Parks has:

  • Acquired the 12th Oakland County Park, Catalpa Oaks, a 25-acre urban park with soccer and baseball fields, in Southfield.
  • Purchased 264-acre Highland Oaks, the 13th Oakland County Park.
  • Created the Oakland County Trails Advisory Council, an organization of trail and greenway stakeholders.
  • Added new campsites and cabins at Addison Oaks.
  • Created off-leash dog parks at Orion and Lyon Oaks.
  • Constructed aquatic features at Red Oaks Waterpark including a river ride and children’s water playground.
  • Relocated and reconstructed the historic 1883 Ellis Barn at Springfield Oaks.
  • Opened 1,043-acre Lyon Oaks with an 18-hole golf course/practice facility and 800 acres of parkland for hiking trails, a nature center, cricket and soccer fields, a picnic shelter, playscape and off-leash dog park.
  • Acquired a commercial greenhouse operation for natural resources stewardship initiatives at Waterford Oaks.
  • Premiering in 2010: three-acre off-leash dog park at Red Oaks in Madison Heights and a universally accessible playground at Waterford Oaks.

Projects planned for the next 10 years include:

  • Expansion of walking, hiking, mountain biking, equestrian and ski trails.
  • Increasing conservation efforts to protect natural resources.
  • Broadening natural resources stewardship programs and education.
  • Acquisition of additional parklands for preservation for future generations.
  • Allocation of $1.5 million annually to improve parks infrastructure, upgrade facilities, and increase universal accessibility.
  • Continuation of collaborative recreation planning assistance for local communities.
  • Providing web-based reservation and registration systems
  • Instituting recycling programs at the park.

Source: Oakland County Parks & Recreation

 

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