OakAlert Helps County Residents Prepare for Emergencies

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In the event of an emergency, it is critically important for you to be prepared and informed. Oakland County‘s emergency notification system, OakAlert, empowers residents to be aware of extreme incidents throughout the county, such as:

  • Chemical spills impacting public health
  • Outdoor warning siren activation (will not include other weather watches, warnings, or advisories)
  • Active assailant situations causing an evacuation or shelter-in-place orders
  • Significant road closures such as a highway closure, not lane closures or daily traffic incidents
  • Closure or interruption in service of county operations
  • Additional notifications affecting the health and safety of the county

It takes just 90 seconds to sign up and could be the difference in how you face the next emergency.

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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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Fun at the Oakland County Fair

Ferris wheel and food stands at Oakland County Fair

The annual Oakland County Fair is here! From July 8-17, 2022, people from all across Michigan will be arriving on the fairgrounds at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, Michigan to celebrate over a week of family-friendly fun. With a few new events, as well as many returning favorites, this year’s fair is surely going to be Oakland County’s hottest July destination spot.

Returning this year to the Oakland County Fair are the following fan-loved attractions:

  • The Big Rock Amusements Carnival, full of games, rides, and food.
  • Multiple barns of animals, daily presentations, and competitions.
  • The Safari Petting Zoo, populated with unique animals.
  • The Daily Pig Race, an exciting way to watch your favorite barnyard animals.
  • The High Dive, featuring springboard and tower diving with a pirate twist.
  • Monster Trucks, Figure 8 Racing, and Off-Road Derby for the motor enthusiasts!
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July is Park & Recreation Month in Oakland County

Two individuals using tube on River Ride at Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights

Join Oakland County Parks and Recreation to honor National Park and Recreation Month and shine a light on the essential role parks play in building strong, vibrant, and resilient communities countywide. This has proven especially true during the pandemic, when parks have served as a lifeline for people seeking respite in nature and outdoor activities.

It is also an opportunity to recognize the many dedicated parks and recreation professionals who work hard every day to maintain our county and community parks and to provide excellent recreation programming, services, and activities for Oakland County residents and visitors.

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