Swimming Under the Oakland County Sun

Oakland County is home to a huge variety of perfect swimming spots where we can cool off during the hot summer weather. Plenty of parks lay lakeside and house beautiful beaches, such as Groveland Oaks County Park in Holly or Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston. If you prefer pools, you can find a pool at Civic Center Park in Southfield or the Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights. If you do like the sand, and are looking for adventure, you can find splash pads and water obstacles at the WhoaZone at Heron Beach in Holly or the Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake. 

For a complete list of swimming spots across Oakland County, visit our master list using the button below.

List of Swimming Spots in Oakland County

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Fireworks to Light Up Oakland County

The Fourth of July is nearly here! All across Oakland County, communities are putting on firework displays in celebration of our country’s Independence Day. Firework shows begin as soon as June 24th and conclude on July 8th. Visit the beautiful Kensington Metropark and witness a wonderful fireworks display on June 29th, or celebrate July 4th on the day itself at the Independence Festival in Clintwood Park in Clarkston.

Wherever you decide to go, grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket, and get ready to shout, “OOH” and “AAH” at any of the many shows in Oakland County.

List of Fireworks in Oakland County

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Board of Commissioners Raise Awareness for Gun and School Safety

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners will recognize National Safety Month with their annual Gun Safety Awareness press conference on Tuesday, June 19th at 1:30 p.m. The conference will be attended by county officials, safety advocates, and over 30 local law enforcement agencies. It will highlight the importance of safe firearm storage in curbing gun violence, tragic accidents, and suicide.

The Board is partnering with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the Oakland County Health Division, and Oakland Schools to focus its efforts on school safety this year, with special attention directed toward Youth Suicide Prevention, Active Shooter Preparedness, and Anti-Bullying. Resources for these topics, and others, are available on the Board of Commissioners School Safety resources webpage.

Members of the public are invited to attend the press conference at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium at 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac where free gun locks will be available. You can join the conversation online during the event by following @OakGov on Twitter and using #OaklandCounty. Continue reading

Running All Over Oakland County

Summer is the time to get outside and sweat! All across Oakland County, organizations, and charities are hosting summer running events for folks of all ages to participate in. Jog alongside pristine lakes in the Holly Triathlon, sprint through scenic neighborhoods in Bloomfield Hill’s signature running event, Heart of the Hills, or join the 8th Annual Strides for SOUL in Walled Lake.

Whether you’re darting down a paved nature trail or zooming through a bustling downtown area, if you participate in any of these running events, you’re spending time under Oakland County sun, and that’s a great thing!

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Hiking the “Hiker T. Moose”

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Hiker T. Moose, that’s the name of a trail, not a moose that hikes. This was my destination on the wilder side of Oakland County two weeks ago under a quiet gray sky, a scene enlivened by serenading songbirds birds, the emergence of woodland wildflowers, and the overhead flight of Sandhill Cranes. Almost six years had passed since my last trek on that oddly named trail and back then my exploration was on cross-country skis. On that day the shoreline of the Shiawassee River was laced in ice and all but obscured in swirling snows. And just like back then, there were no encounters with moose this time either along that meandering portal to nature’s way known as the “Hiker T. Moose” trail.

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