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  • Inside this issue:

    OTPRC Response to COVID-19 1

    What’s New in the Parks Virtual Programming


    Interactive Park Map 3

    Kayaking 4

    Tai Chi 5

    Yoga 5

    Nature Programs 6

    Archery Programs 7

    Lost Lake Open Houses 8

    Outdoor Skills Camp Photo Contest Winner


    Clean Water and Wildlife 10

    Stewardship Events 11

    Phragmites Outreach 12

    Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District


    Striding on the Surface 14-15

    Paint Creek Trail News 16

    PCT Scavenger Hunt 17

    Parks Map 18

    Registration Information 19

    Commissioners, Staff Back Cover

    The Mission of Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission is to provide a sustainable system of parks, trails, programs, amenities, and services which create 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.

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission Newsletter

    (June 16, 2020)

    Oakland Township Residents and Friends:

    Oakland Township Parks and Recreation has made operational changes that are in the best interest of the health and safety of the public and our employees to limit the spread of COVID-19. Our COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, which represents these best practices, is available on the Parks and Recreation page of our website (www.oaklandtownship.org).

     ALL Oakland Township parks, trails, playgrounds, basketball courts, fishing/ kayak docks and portable restrooms are open for use by the public. We have increased the frequency of facility cleaning. Visitors are asked to follow recommended social distancing guidelines.

     This summer we are offering, by registration only, lower-risk outdoor activities including nature, archery, yoga, tai chi, and kayaking classes as well as shorter duration day camps. Our team of staff and instructors are trained in safety protocol that follow CDC Guidelines and are equipped with Personal Protective equipment.

     This summer we will also continue to offer virtual classes and videos through our website (www.oaklandtownship.org) and our Facebook link.

     The Parks and Recreation offices are now OPEN to the public between 10am and 2pm, Monday through Friday. Visitors who wish to do business in-person are asked to wear a mask and complete our COVID- 19 self-screening procedure before entering the office area. Social distancing policies continue to apply.

    We hope that we everyone can participate in Oakland Township Parks and Recreation summer activities and enjoy our parks, trails, and recreation features!

    We are sorry to announce the cancellation of our 2020 Music in the Meadows summer concert series and Goodison Good Tyme fall festival due to the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. This difficult decision was not made lightly, or easily. Yet the current situation makes it impossible for us to safely plan and execute these events for all of the people who come together to make them the wonderful experiences you have come to expect. We are deeply saddened at having to make this decision, but the health of our community is our priority. THANK YOU for your patience and support.

    Gallagher Creek Park, By Hank VanAgen

    http://www.oaklandtownship.org http://www.oaklandtownship.org

  • 2 Parks and Recreation Newsletter July - August 2020 www.oaklandtownship.org

    Virtual Nature and Activity Center Our virtual programming provides fun, fitness, crafts, nature education, recreation and enrichment through these unprecedented times. We are committed to ensuring our community has the resources to help facilitate health and well-being. Visit our website: https://www.oaklandtownship.org

    Categories to explore:

    Fitness and Wellness: Check out our on-demand and live streaming opportunities to participate in programs to keep you feeling your best.

    Explore Nature at Home: Discover on-demand programs about the best of Michigan’s Great Outdoors including plants, animals, and habitats. Check out videos by our partner, Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve as well as other fantastic organizations and resources that value nature as much as we do.

    Explore our Parks: Here, you’ll discover what our parks are all about, with links to interactive maps, learn about volunteer opportunities you can join, and informational nuggets that showcase what make our parks so special.

    Special Interest and Online Resources: Find unique and fun activities in this section, such as challenges, contests, and more!

    Share Your Ideas! If you have an idea for a virtual program or resource that you’d like us to offer, please let us know! Contact us at parks@oaklandtownship.org, or call (248) 651-7810.

    Upcoming Virtual Programs

    Planet Gazing (All ages)

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:00pm – 9:30pm Register by Monday, August 10 www.oaklandtownship.recdesk.com Go To Meeting. Link provided via email within 24 hours before program.

    Share a family evening with the Amateur Astronomers of Rochester's Oakland Astronomy Club (oaklandastronomy.net). We'll help you be comfortable with the bright stars and planets of tonight's summer sky, and get you ready to enjoy the August 12th Perseid Meteor Showers. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the instructor during the program.

    Residents: FREE Non-residents: FREE

    All Levels Yoga (Adults 12+ )

    Every Wednesday through 7/15/2020 12:30pm -1:30pm Zoom—Link will be available on our Facebook page one hour prior to class.

    Free Yoga Class! Yoga instructor Pavel Bednarski, RYT-200, and Oakland Township Parks and Recreation are teaming up to bring you FREE virtual yoga classes. Grab your yoga mat, towel, or blanket. Be sure to join 10 minutes early to make any adjustments to your device. Can't make it but want to enjoy? Link will be available for one week to catch the replay on the Facebook post. No registration required.

    Residents: FREE Non-residents: FREE

    Beginner Tips to Archery Basics

    (Available on-demand, see the Virtual Nature and Activity Center page on our website.)

    View tips on how to properly and safely handle a bow. Presented by Nick DiCresce Jr.,

    archery instructor and coach at Marsh View Park Archery Range.

    Residents: FREE Non-residents: FREE

    http://www.oaklandtownship.org/boards_and_commissions/parks_and_recreation/index.php http://www.oaklandtownship.org/boards_and_commissions/parks_and_recreation/programs/virtual_programming.php http://www.oaklandtownship.org/boards_and_commissions/parks_and_recreation/parks_and_recreation_commission_members.php mailto:parks@oaklandtownship.org?subject=Virtual%20Program%20Idea https://oaklandtownship.recdesk.com/ http://oaklandastronomy.net/ https://earthsky.org/?p=165416#:~:text=In%202020%2C%20the%20peak%20mornings,to%20overcome%20the%20moonlit%20glare.&text=View%20at%20EarthSky%20Community%20Photos. https://earthsky.org/?p=165416#:~:text=In%202020%2C%20the%20peak%20mornings,to%20overcome%20the%20moonlit%20glare.&text=View%20at%20EarthSky%20Community%20Photos. https://www.pbs.org/show/star-gazers/ https://www.facebook.com/OTParks/ http://www.oaklandtownship.org/boards_and_commissions/parks_and_recreation/programs/virtual_programming.php

  • 3 Parks and Recreation Newsletter July - August 2020 www.oaklandtownship.org

    This map does not include parks managed by other agencies, including Bald

    Mountain State Recreation Area (Michigan DNR), Stony Creek Metropark (HCMA),

    and private parks within subdivisions.

    Oakland Township Parks & Recreation

    4393 Collins Road, Rochester, MI 48306

    Phone: 248-651-7810


    Enjoy our new interactive map of Oakland Township’s parks!

    With this web app, located at https://bit.ly/3g0GaRs, use the ready-to-go bookmarks to locate all of the parks and natural areas in the Oakland Township park system. Click on the name of each park to see a brief description. You can also change the base map, show your location, and measure distances or area.

    New Online

    Park Map!

    Scan with

    your phone

    to view

    the map!


    http://www.oaklandtownship.org/boards_and_commissions/parks_and_recreation/index.php http://www.oaklandtownship.org/boards_and_commissions/parks_and_recreation/ https://bit.ly/3g0GaRs https://bit.ly/3g0GaRs

  • 4 Parks and Recreation Newsletter July - August 2020 www.oaklandtownship.org

    As part of Oakland Township’s Parks and Recreation commitment to help

    protect our patrons we wanted to share with you the precautions we are

    taking in response to the coronavirus. We are implementing additional

    health and safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease

    Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oakland County Health Department.

    These measures include requiring self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms,

    wearing PPE, limiting programs to small groups, implementing social

    distancing practices, and increased cleaning of parks and program facilities

    and equipment.

    Oakland Township resident registration starts NOW! Non-resident

    registration begins one week prior to the program registration deadline date.

    Register online at: oakland


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