Oakland Township Parks and Recreation

***NOTICE: Invasive shrub mowing at Bear Creek Nature Park (Snell Rd. entrance) starts tomorrow, Friday, 12/16!***

We'll be working at the park to widen pathway corridors and surrounding areas (marked in orange on the map) for your continued enjoyment. Heavy machinery will mow invasive shrubs including glossy buckthorn, invasive bittersweet, and more, allowing native plants to thrive. This work begins on Friday, December 16, and will continue until approximately Wednesday, December 28.

For your safety, the trails and surrounding areas, including the playground, pavilion, and parts of the parking lot may be temporarily closed while the work is being done. They will be re-opened as quickly as possible when the trails have been cleared and it's safe to resume use. If you visit the park during this time, please stay at least 300 feet away from the work area.

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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.

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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.