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Oakland County Parks and Recreation celebrates its 50th anniversary


Red Oaks Waterpark

Groveland Oaks camping

Red Oaks Waterpark

Groveland Oaks camping


This year Oakland County Parks celebrates its 50th anniversary serving Oakland County's 1.2 million people with some of the best outdoor recreation opportunities available in any park system in the state of Michigan.
 
Whether you're looking to walk, hike, cycle, mountain bike, go horseback riding, go cross-country skiing, go canoeing or kayaking, ride a rowboat or paddle boat, belly-flop down a water slide, swim, fish, bird watch, play golf, play volleyball, picnic, host a graduation party or a family reunion, camp (with themed recreational activities for campers to enjoy), or any number of other outdoor activities to enjoy solo or with family and friends, Oakland County's thirteen parks offers ample opportunities for all of this and so much more. 
 
Throughout this spring and summer, Oakland County Parks and Recreation is introducing a number of programs to celebrate this landmark anniversary.
 
Visitors to Oakland County Parks are encouraged to capture and share their experiences in the third annual Pics of the Parks Photo Contest. Guests are invited to submit their photos of the parks to this contest sponsored by the Oakland Camera Club.
 
Submitted photos must falls into a "PARKS" category: parks, artistic, recreation, kids, and selfies, and they must be taken within the thirteen Oakland County Parks with a limited of two entries per category.
 
Photos will be judged by members of the Oakland County Camera Club. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced from each of the PARKS categories as well as a Best of Show. The Best of Show photo will appear on the cover of the 2016 Oakland County Parks Annual Report. In partnership with Oakland County Arts, Culture and Film, the Best of Show and each 1st place category winner will be displayed at the Oakland County Executive Office Building from October 4 through November 18. All entries will also be displayed at OaklandCountyParks.SmugMug.com.
 
Entries must be submitted via email with a completed entry form from May 30 through September 5. Official contest rules and entry forms can be found at DestinationOakland.com, along with locations and information on each of the parks. Normal park entry and admission fees to access the parks are required. Winners will be announced September 30.
 
“Pics of the Parks Photo Contest is a celebration of the faces and places that make up Oakland County Parks,” Executive Officer Dan Stencil said in a press statement. “This contest gives us the opportunity to see our parks through the eyes of our visitors and provides guests a way to visually share their experiences.”
 
Oakland County Parks and Recreation is also offering a Summer Fun Passbook this summer for only $15 (a $68 value), offering a sampling of a number of programs and services through the Oakland County Parks.
 
Oakland County Parks visitors can also look forward to several special events and discount days in the coming months, including:
 
*June 15-19 -- Admission at Red Oaks Waterpark discounted 50%
 
*July 1 -- Annual Independence Day Fireworks display, Addison Oaks County Park
 
*July 2 -- Annual Independence Day Fireworks display, Groveland Oaks County Park
 
*July 8 – Enjoy fireworks and a free concert at the Oakland County Fair, Springfield Oaks County Park
 
*Sept. 11, Nov. 24, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 – Guest Appreciation Days, with free park entry at all day-use parks and dog parks
 
*Dec. 25 – Guest Appreciation Day, with free entry at all three Oakland County dog parks
 
For more information on upcoming events, visit DestinationOakland.com. Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter@DestinationOak.
 
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