Jul 3, 2014

Oakland County Parks and Recreation Celebrates “July is National Park and Recreation Month”

 Oakland County Parks and Recreation encourages families to celebrate July is National Park and Recreation Month by participating in events that promote healthy, active lifestyles at Oakland County Parks.
            “I welcome residents to take advantage of our facilities, services and equipment and encourage individuals, families and groups to visit the 13 Oakland County Parks to explore the great outdoors and all we have to offer,” Executive Officer Dan Stencil said.

Market fresh
Meet local growers and artisans and buy fresh produce, flowers and crafts at The Oakland County Market in Waterford. July crops include: beans, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, radishes, spinach, apricots, cherries, peaches, raspberries and more (produce subject to availability). Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. from May – December and Saturdays year-round.

Family fun
Oakland County Parks presents the Oakland County Fair at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg from July 4 – 13. Opening day fireworks at dusk July 4 follow a free concert by Southern Express and T.J. Craven (6-10 p.m.). The fair features grandstand events, 4-H animal and project exhibits, carnival rides, food vendors, displays, contests and more. Enjoy a free Nashville in the Neighborhood concert by Matt Austin at the grandstand on July 7 at 7 p.m., sponsored by Genisys Credit Union, the Oakland County Fair Association and Oakland County Parks. July 7 and 10
are Oakland County Parks and Recreation Days with free parking for guests with a valid 2014 OCPR Annual Vehicle Permit.

Nature Discovery
Summer Night Life, July 12 at Wint Nature Center, is an evening program where participants will enjoy discovering what animals do after dark and learning about black lighting as a technique used to attract insects. The free program is sponsored by ITC. Summer Star Party, July 26 at Wint Nature Center, provides an evening of star gazing, a planetarium show, craft and snack from 9 – 11 p.m. Cost is $4/person. A Get Outside!-Nature Mini-Camp, July 15-17 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Red Oaks Nature Center, entertains children ages 9-12 with guided walks, games, crafts and live animals. Cost is $25/day and campers may register for one, two or all three days. Call 248-858-0916 weekdays for nature center program details.

Environmental Stewardship
Join with the Clinton River Watershed Council at Clean Up the Clinton River Watershed to collect trash from Crooked Lake at Independence Oaks County Park on July 16 from 4 – 6 p.m. Some kayaks will be available or participants can bring their own. All safety equipment is provided. Another cleanup is on July 30 at Lake Sixteen at the Orion Oaks County Park Boat Launch. Call 248-858-0916 for details.

Cool off with the family at Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights or Waterford Oaks Waterpark in Waterford. Both parks offer wave-action pools, interactive water features, picnic areas and concessions. Hours are: weekdays
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and weekends and holidays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Make time for nine or 18 holes of golf with friends at any of five scenic Oakland County Parks and Recreation
golf courses.

Embark on a new adventure or celebrate family traditions at two campgrounds. Addison Oaks and Groveland Oaks county parks offer individual and group tent sites, yurts and comfy cabins. Campers can relax on a sandy lifeguarded beach; rent a bike or a boat; fish; hike or mountain bike on the trails; play disc golf at Addison Oaks; mini golf and skate park at Groveland Oaks. View fireworks displays July 4 at Addison Oaks and July 5 at Groveland Oaks. Each weekend of the summer offers themes and activities at both campgrounds. July themes include Aqua Palooza, Campground Carnival, Retro Resurgence and more.

Dog Parks
Bring a furry friend to any of three dog parks at Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Red Oaks county parks. Canines, Coffee and Conversation July 12 at Red Oaks Dog Park is sponsored by Abbey East Animal Hospital and Abbey East veterinarian, Dr. Denise Graye, will be available to chat with dog owners. Learn more about heartworm disease, fleas and enter a contest for “Best Pet Trick”. There will be treats for pets and their owners.

For individuals with disabilities
Individuals with cognitive or physical disabilities can choose from a variety of options in July including adaptive golf lessons, clinics and outings. Adaptive equipment is available. Email adaptive@oakgov.com for details. Attend the Oakland County Fair Special Day on July 10 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. where individuals with disabilities and a caregiver will enjoy a circus pages performance and free carnival rides. Call the fair office at 248-634-8830 to register.

Summer Sizzler picnic on July 18 features an evening outdoors for individuals with disabilities ages 18 and older and family and friends. Fish, play lawn games, enjoy dinner and take a leisurely pontoon boat ride on Crooked Lake at Independence Oaks County Park. Cost is $8/person. Call 248-424-7081 for details.

Visit DestinationOakland.com for details on all parks and events; find Oakland County Parks and Recreation on Facebook and follow on Twitter @DestinationOak.

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