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Public Input Wanted on Parks & Recreation Master Plan

Do you wish Royal Oak had a splash pad or a family pool? Royal Oak's recreation supervisor encourages residents to provide feedback.

The 2013 City of Royal Oak Parks & Recreation Master Plan will be on display for public comment from through Feb. 3 at the Salter Community Center, Mahany-Meininger Senior Center, and Royal Oak Library. 

“The City of Royal Oak needs residents’ help crafting its Parks & Recreation Five Year Master Plan.  This is the first time residents are able to see the draft in its entirety.  We encourage all Royal Oak residents to stop by to read the draft and provide feedback," said Recreation Supervisor Tod Gazetti.  "If you have ideas about recreation, or see a need at your local park, now is the time to read our plan and let us know if you think something is missing or should be changed.”  

The Master Plan is intended to serve as a guiding force for decision making over the next five years for the City of Royal Oak.  It will be put on file with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), and the Oakland County Parks System.  This new plan will also be used to qualify the City of Royal Oak for DNR Grants over the next five years.

Share your ideas

Please send your comments and suggested changes to Stewart Meek, Assistant to the City Manager at 211 S Williams Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067 or email them to StewartM@ci.royal-oak.mi.us.

Residents seeking further information are encouraged to contact the City Manager’s office at 248-246-3200.

The draft of the 2013-2018 Parks & Recreation Master Plan can be found attached to this article.

Information provided by the City of Royal Oak.

Do you have ideas about recreation or see a need at your local park? Tell us in the comments.

The Duke of Royal Oak January 10, 2013 at 01:49 PM
I would have to know more about a pool or splash pad such as cost to the residents and the impact on the surrounding area of where such a facility would be placed. I myself would not have any use for this type of facility. I would like to see the parks that are not DEDICATED become dedicated parks so that it would take a vote of the residents to sell these parks, and not subject to the city commissions judgement to sell these parks. This would include Normandy Golf course, which the commission was discussing selling a few years back to a home developer.
kpn January 10, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Get rid of Normandy as a golf course and build a nice Rec facility with a gym, pool, etc. Then make the other available real estate fields for sports. This could be a central location and it would have plenty of parking.
Todd January 10, 2013 at 03:17 PM
I think a pool is long overdue. Many surrounding area's have pools for their residents. Numerous friends of ours have asked why we don't have one, especially with our children involved in the school swimming programs. I think the Normandy Golf would be a decent location.
Carol Cheatham January 10, 2013 at 03:27 PM
So many of our surrounding communities have family pools. I think this is an excellent way to use the vacant land. Having these kind of community ammenities will attract young families and keep them in our city. Look at Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, Grosse Point, Farmington Hills, they all have pools that are very successful. I feel the tax increase is minimal compared to the benefits Royal Oak will realize.
Marg January 10, 2013 at 04:29 PM
At a time that it seems residents in many communities are shut out of decision-making by officials, it is refreshing that the Dept. of recreation is seeking input. In the past, the Rec Dept and RO Schools seems to have had a more expansive cooperative relationship in using facilities. Would love to see the return of programming for students like the Royal Oak Summer Expo where children could take enrichment classes in two week sessions over the summer. Would also love to see parks become dedicated spaces for neighborhoods so any improvements would be sustained for future generations of families.
George January 10, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Duke, you haven't been paying attention. Normandy oaks became dedicated when the commission dedicated the property at 13 Mile and Coolidge a couple years back. It was put on a ballot and voted by the citizens. 91% of citizens who voted supported the dedication. http://www.ci.royal-oak.mi.us/portal/sites/default/files/meetings/City%20Commission/2010/20100719a.html See item #12. It was on the November 2010 ballot.
George January 10, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Peggy, per State Law, the city, or Parks and Rec Board have to update their parks and rec master plan, and hold a public hearing.
George January 10, 2013 at 05:33 PM
...at least once every 5 years.
The Duke of Royal Oak January 10, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Thanks George for the information on Normandy Golf Course.
The Duke of Royal Oak January 10, 2013 at 05:48 PM
What vacant land are you refering to?
Ryan Pettey - Citizen, not politician January 10, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Splash pad!!!! Not sure about a pool but a splash pad would be awesome!!!!!
Cathy Walsh January 10, 2013 at 08:35 PM
I agree we are long overdue for a pool, where I grew up there were pools in every surrounding city, I hate that we have to go to troy to swim
l.c. January 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM
just where are the funds alloted to pay for this "pie in the sky" when public safety can't come up with funds to staff its department to levels 10 years past??? do you think the population has decreased to allow this to happen or are we just underfunded? stop spending if there are no rescources please.
Judy Davids (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 11:36 PM
The 2013 Master Plan qualifies the city to apply for grant funding from the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources. (See page 8 of the PDF attached to this article.)
John P. January 10, 2013 at 11:40 PM
My tax dollars have already paid for a pool in Royal Oak, in fact, two. Go swim at the high school pool, or the Olympic sized pool in the middle school (Dondero). Go argue with the school board if they won' t let them use the pools, they're yours! The YMCA on 11 Mile Road also has a great pool.
John P. January 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Thanks Judy. The key word is apply for grants. It doesn't guarantee that the city will receive the grant funding. The grant funding is pretty competitive since nearly every community applies for a grant for their community recreational wish list.
Judy Davids (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments. I spoke to Recreation Supervisor Tod Gazetti today and he encourages you all to be a part of the process. Send your comments - good, bad or indifferent - to Stewart Meek at StewartM@ci.royal-oak.mi.us. Stewart is responsible for gathering public input and recording it in the final plan.
Mark Itall January 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Getting rid of the Normandy course was tried 10 years ago when it wa hemmoraging money. No go. Green space that 98% of the community will never touch.
Mark Itall January 11, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Ronald, All 5 Grosse Pointes' lakeside parks and pools were always resident and guest only, popularity was not a consideration. Which Pointe were you at?
Gena January 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM
I really think that Royal Oak should provide parking at no cost during business hours. I know there's cost involved, of course - but, in Plymouth, their downtown is always full, all the shops, restaurants and bars and the parking is free. And, I agree, we need a community pool and splash park, regardless of the high school and junior high pools. Very attractive to young families, of which we neede more in the city!
The Duke of Royal Oak January 11, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I agree with Mark Itall- Hands off Normandy Gold course. Getting rid of one recreational facility to replace it with another is not logical.
The Duke of Royal Oak January 11, 2013 at 02:32 PM
I agree with John P. There are three pools available in the city of Royal Oak.
Laura Harrison January 11, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Three years ago I was looking around for a pool that had scheduled lap swimming. Swimming is the best exercise for "senior" bodies. The schools and LA Fitness had nothing. One exception is water aerobics at Dondero. The Y is the best and has lap swimming available several times a week. But a city pool with an attached splash area would be a great addition. And great for all ages.
l.c. January 12, 2013 at 02:19 PM
does the red oaks waterworks park not serve the surrounding area??? http://themeparks.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=themeparks&cdn=travel&tm=22&gps=13_7_1600_746&f=00&su=p1097.10.147.ip_p284.13.342.ip_p531.60.342.ip_&tt=11&bt=1&bts=1&zu=http%3A//www.destinationoakland.com/parksandtrails/waterparks/redoaks/Pages/default.aspx
Tom January 12, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Great point l.c. We have friends who live near 13 Mile and Campbell. Their children have walked to the county water park at 13 Mile near John R. Our tax dollars pay for this facility. I bet there are southend residents that have bought pool memberships for the Pleasant Ridge pool priviledges that live near I 696 and Woodward, too.
Tom January 12, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Just out of curiousity, have you ever been to the county waterpark that is within about 1 mile of Royal Oak's border? Did you even know it was there?

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