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SURVEY: What's On Your Wish List for Royal Oak Parks?

If you could make improvements to Royal Oak parks, what would they be?

What are your ideas for the City of Royal Oak's parks?

Click here if you cannot see the survey.

Last week we asked Patch readers if they would support selling a portion of Normandy Oaks Golf Course if the revenue is used to realize the city's Recreation Master Plan wish list. While 26 percent of those who responded to the unscientific poll support keeping the Normandy Oaks property a nine-hole golf course, 74 percent said they were willing to explore new options.

"I believe the site can repurposed and be a win-win for everyone. The portion along Delemere can be used for commercial that would fit in with the other great small businesses already there," wrote John Dyer in the comments. "The remainder can be used for residential homes and parks. This would fund the other parks in Royal Oak that desperately need the funding and create a larger tax base to help improve our existing parks."

So we're curious, if you could create your own wish list for Royal Oak parks, what would be on it?

For the purposes of discussion, we'll begin by taking a look at Royal Oak's 2013-2018 Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which is intended to serve as a guide for decision for the city.  

The capital improvements recommended and the associated costs for various projects in the master plan are listed in the attached survey for Patch readers to explore and comment on. Click here if you cannot see the survey.

The official master plan document is on file with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), and the Oakland County Parks System.  The plan is used to qualify the city for DNR Grants and was created with residents’ input.

The plan was on display in January and February of 2013 at the Salter Community Center, Mahany-Meininger Senior Center and Royal Oak Library.  Residents were encouraged to stop by to read the draft and provide feedback. Click here to read the entire document.

Do you have ideas about recreation or see a need at your local park? Tell us in the comments.
Judy Davids (Editor) February 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM
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Judy Davids (Editor) February 26, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Here's a glimpse at the comments people are leaving: "I may be a senior.. but have been paying taxes in RO for 43 years With all the moblie and sit in front of tv's........the parks are a great place to run off steam! My boys enjoyed the parks and now I take my grandchildren..... They don't need "fancy" equippment and flowers... they just need the swings .. climbers and a bench to drink there juice!"
Judy Davids (Editor) February 26, 2014 at 04:59 PM
And this: "I would like jogging paths in the parks."
Judy Davids (Editor) February 26, 2014 at 05:00 PM
Another wrote this: "This list demonstrates the importance of first-hand knowledge. Without visiting these parks, I can't tell, for example, which parking lots are in greatest need of repair. I wonder if this list was created looking at the city's demographic composition. We will never again be a city with 20,000 children. We will be a city with a large block of singles and young couples and a large block of older residents who have either lived here for many years or move here when they no longer want to live in large, empty nests in remote suburbs."
Judy Davids (Editor) February 26, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Here's another comment: "I don't think "parking improvements" are important as far as parks are concerned. People aren't deterred from going to a public park by the parking experience. Concentrate more on the substance of the park. I was disappointed at how few soccer fields there are in the Royal Oak area. For how many great parks with large grassy areas, you could easily attract more people and increase their enjoyment of the area by adding two sets of goal posts and nets...and some painted lines on the grass."
Judy Davids (Editor) February 27, 2014 at 07:16 AM
More comments left on the survey overnight: "If the city decides to close Normandy Oaks golf course, winter uses could include a city sledding hill For residents. Snow removed from the downtown area could be dumped there to maintain Good sledding conditions. Cross country ski trails could also be an additional use for the green space."
Judy Davids (Editor) February 27, 2014 at 07:16 AM
And this: "Maintenance at parks, simply cut the grass in warmer months, trim the trees and clean up!"
Judy Davids (Editor) February 27, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Thanks to all that are taking the survey. We'd like to hear from more residents over age 75.

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