Oakland Township Parks and Recreation

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve are developing plans on how to conduct programs and activities through the summer in the safest and most enjoyable way possible. We value your input as a member of the community to understand how we can serve you best during this time and ask that you complete this quick online survey so that we may compile the data quickly and complete our plans. The survey may be found at this link:

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Oakland Township Parks and Recreation and Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve Summer Programming Survey

Click here for:    June 2020 Parks Newsletter

Click here for:    New Interactive Parks Map

Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Covid 19 Social Distancing Statement
The Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission and Staff are committed to providing our park users with the opportunity to enjoy a walk, jog, bike, or horseback ride.  All Oakland Township parks and trails are open for use by the public; however, Playgrounds, Basketball Court and Fishing Docks are Closed at Gallagher Creek Park, Bear Creek Nature Park, Marsh View Park, Draper Twin Lake Park and Lost Lake Nature Park.   Please Practice Social Distancing: Stay 6’ away from other persons at all times and avoid gathering in groups of any numberPlease be prepared to cover your mouth and nose with a mask if you encounter others in close proximity and DO NOT use our parks and trails if you are showing signs of sickness.

The Oakland Township Parks and Recreation, Historic District Commission, Paint Creek Trail, and Six Rivers Land Conservancy offices will be closed to the public until further notice in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Oakland Township Parks and Recreation will continue to serve the public through telecommunications, e-mail and the Township website.  For current Parks and Recreation information please check our website: www.oaklandtownship.org or our facebook page: facebook.com/OTParks.  If you need assistance with Township Parks and it is an emergency please call 911. If non-emergency please email: parks@oaklandtownship.org

In order to protect our customers and staff from potential exposure to COVID-19 Oakland Township Parks and Recreation is cancelling all programs and classes beginning March 13, 2020 until May 20, 2020, including open houses at Lost Lake Nature Park.  Refunds and prorated refunds for all programs are being considered case-by-case.  We will be following recommendations from experts regarding potential cancellations after May 20th. 

If you have further questions please call the Parks and Recreation Office at 248-651-7810.

Our offices are located in the Paint Creek Cider Mill Building, 4480 Orion Road, Second Floor, Rochester, MI 48306. 

Our mailing address is 4393 Collins Road, Rochester, MI 48306.

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Oakland Township enjoys an abundance of natural beauty in its streams and wetlands, woodlands, and meadows. The management of Oakland Township has supported planning that preserves these valuable natural resources. Since 1975 the Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission has been preserving, through acquisitions and donations, over 1300 acres of natural beauty parklands and miles of trails. These special areas offer township residents walking, hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature viewing throughout the changing seasons. The uses are primarily passive in nature, with more active recreation plans for the future. Bear Creek Nature Park features a playground for 5-12 year olds, picnic shelter, grill, and accessible limestone trails, boardwalks, and docks. Draper Twin Lake Park features an accessible limestone trail and fishing dock. Marsh View Park features a 90-meter archery range, basketball court, scenic overlook, trails, a picnic area, and active recreation fields.

To see all of our upcoming program descriptions browse our latest newsletter!

Parks and Recreation Newsletters

Vision and Mission Statements

Our vision is to provide responsible management and stewardship of our natural resources through quality parks, trails and appropriate recreation experiences now and for future generations.

The mission of the Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission is to provide a sustainable system of parks, trails, programs, amenities, and services which creates memorable experiences and a sense of place, contributes to the economic value of the Township and preserves the historical and natural heritage of the landscapes for existing and future generations.