Thursday, April 18, 2019

Michigan: new jointly managed ORV park in Oakland County set to open summer 2020

Help name the park; share ideas by April 26

The creation of a new ORV park in southeastern Michigan is moving forward. The park will be located in a former sand and gravel mining operation in Groveland and Holly townships. It is a collaboration between the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division and the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission and will be jointly managed by both agencies.

In 2017, the DNR purchased 235 acres in preparation for the park, with the help of a $2.9 million grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. Earlier this month, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved a 20-year operating agreement with the DNR.

The park will be open to all types of ORVs, including full-size vehicles, side-by-sides, all-terrain vehicles, ATVs and motorcycles. It's slated to open summer 2020.

An important part of the planning process includes naming the new park, and we want to know what you think. Everyone's invited to submit their ideas by April 26.