Pickleball Courts in Oakland County

Pickleball paddle and ball sitting on court

Pickleball. Have you heard of it? This trending sport takes inspiration from other racket sports such as tennis, badminton, and ping pong and has become one of America’s fastest-growing sports according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA).

As the popularity of this paddleball game rises, Oakland County communities are now offering many pickleball court locations for residents of all ages to enjoy. Take a swing at pickleball and check out our list to find a court near you! Ready, set, pickle!

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Auburn Hills

City of Auburn Hills Community Center
1827 N. Squirrel Road, 48326
248-370-9353

Birmingham

Birmingham Next
2121 Midvale Street, 48009
248-203-5276

Crestview Park
North of Southlawn between Southfield and Shipman Roads
248-530-1800

Clarkston

Deer Lake Athletic Club
6167 White Lake Road, 48346
248-625-8686

Farmington Hills

Costick Activities Center
28600 Eleven Mile Road, 48336
248-473-1800

Farmington Hills Community Center
29995 W. 12 Mile Road, 48334
248-699-6700

Independence Township

Clintonwood Park
6000 Clarkston Road, 48348
248-625-8223

Milford

Carls Family YMCA – membership needed
300 Family Drive, 48381
248-685-3020

Orion Township

Friendship Park – pickleball courts coming soon
3380 Clarkston Road, 48362
248-391-0304  x 3500

Jesse Decker Park
4080 N. Squirrel Road, 48359
248-391-0304  x 3500

Pontiac

Wessen Indoor Tennis Club – membership needed
121 Branch Street, 48341
248-253-9300

Rochester Hills

Oakland Fieldhouse
2139 Austin Avenue, 48309
248-807-7650

Royal Oak

Jack & Patti Salter Community Center
1545 E Lincoln Avenue
 248-246-3180

Upton Park
Nakota Road & Mandalay Avenue, 48073
248-246-3000

Whittier Park
Farnum Avenue & Alexander Avenue, 48067
248-246-3000

Waterford

Waterford Recreation Center
5640 Williams Lake Road, 48329
248-674-3111

West Bloomfield

Drake Sports Park
6801 Drake Road, 48322
248-451-1900

Do you know of any additional pickleball courts in Oakland County? Send us an email and let us know at socialmedia@oakgov.com.


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Swimming Under the Oakland County Sun

Inflatable playground in lake at Holly Recreation Area

Oakland County is home to a huge variety of perfect swimming spots to cool off during the hot summer weather. Plenty of parks are 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 Waterford Oaks Waterpark in Waterford or Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights. If you are looking for adventure, you can find splash pads and water obstacles at Normandy Oaks Park in Royal Oak and the WhoaZone at Heron Beach in Holly.

Being out on the water is one of the best parts of summer, but it is vitally important to stay safe while you are swimming. Take a look at these swimming safety tips before taking a dip in your favorite lake or pool.

To find a beach, swimming pool, splash pad, or waterpark near you, check out our our recently updated interactive map or list below.

Interactive Map

Swimming Spots in Oakland County map with a search bar and icons for beaches, pools, splash pads, and waterparks. A picture of Red Oaks Waterpark waterslide and wave pool with text below that states, Stay cools this summer at one of the many public outdoor swimming spots in Oakland County! From water-parks and splash pads to public access lakes and beaches, you can find summer fun in the water and sun near you.

List of Swimming Spots

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Juneteenth: Celebrate, Learn, and Reflect at Events In and Around Oakland County

Juneteenth (Freedom Day) June 19

Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, marks the anniversary of the day in 1865 when news of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas – nearly two years after the proclamation had been issued. The holiday is a celebration of the freedom and liberation of the last of the enslaved people in the United States.

“We mark Juneteenth to celebrate the end of the dark chapter of slavery in our country. It is a day for us to reflect on our history and ensure that we understand the impacts of that history which are still with us today. We dedicate ourselves to freedom from discrimination, violence, and unequal justice.”

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter

Juneteenth represents resistance, resilience, and the joy that freedom brings. Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter sat down with Oakland County Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer Robin Carter-Cooper to talk about this important milestone in America’s history:

At its meeting on June 7, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners voted to designate Juneteenth as a county holiday in 2022. The county will observe Monday, June 20 as the Juneteenth holiday, and all county offices will be closed.

“Juneteenth isn’t just Black history. Slavery ended on this day, which is a very important moment for the Black community, and I’m proud that the Board and county administration have taken action to acknowledge this.”

Commissioner Angela Powell (D-Pontiac)

On June 1, 2022, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order stating that June 19 become a recognized court holiday and ordered all courts in the State of Michigan be closed on Monday, June 20. President Joe Biden signed a bill in 2021 designating Juneteenth as a national holiday.

“Holidays have meaning and purpose. We encourage county employees and residents to observe Juneteenth to reflect on our history, and together commit to a better future for everyone by addressing racial injustice in America.”

Board Chairman David T. Woodward (D-Royal Oak)

Find a Juneteenth event in Oakland County:

In commemoration of the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth, use our list of events in Oakland County below to find a celebration near you. Visit our Juneteenth Things to Do Page for even more activities throughout Metro Detroit.

Farmington and Farmington Hills

June 3-30: Juneteenth Film Festival
June 17-19: Farmington Area Juneteenth Celebration

Ferndale

June 18: Ferndale/Hazel Park Juneteenth Celebration
June 19: Juneteenth Date Night

Hazel Park

June 18: Ferndale/Hazel Park Juneteenth Celebration

Madison Heights

June 18: Madison Heights Juneteenth Celebration

Oak Park

June 19: Juneteenth Celebration

Pontiac

June 18: Juneteenth Street Festival
June 19: Juneteenth Parade

Royal Oak

June 3-30: Juneteenth Film Festival
June 15: Juneteenth Roundtable Discussion
June 19: Juneteenth Celebration

Southfield

June 15-22: Southfield Juneteenth Celebration
June 18: Juneteenth Family Reunion
June 19: My Black is Power Juneteenth Pop-up

West Bloomfield

June 18: Juneteenth In The WB

Virtual Program

June 16: Preserving MI Harvest – Celebrating Juneteenth: African-American Cuisine

Do you know of any other Juneteenth events taking place in the Oakland County area? Let us know about them; contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com.

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Festivals and Fairs in Oakland County

Warmer weather means it’s time to enjoy the many outdoor festivals and fairs that showcase the vibrancy of Oakland County. You won’t want to miss SummerFest in Auburn Hills, Arts, Beats, and Eats in Royal Oak, or Milford Memories to name a few. 

Use our list below to find festivals and fairs that are happening June through September:

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Bridging the Trails Gap: Van Tassel Pedestrian Bridge

Steel bridge over wide creek in winter

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Michigan is the #1 Trail State in the nation with 2,623 miles of rail-trail conversions and thousands of miles of other linear multi-use pathways. The word “rail-trail” is coming into more common usage and is defined by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy this way:

“Rail-trails are multipurpose public paths created from former railroad corridors. These paths are flat or gently sloping, making them easily accessible and a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Rail-trails are ideal for many types of activities–depending on the rules established by the local community–including walking, bicycling, wheelchair use, inline skating, cross-country skiing and horseback riding.”

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