The Recreation Department is always busy planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating programs, activities, services and events. In fact, during the year, the Recreation Department spearheads some of the City's biggest events. These include the following:
Sunday, January 29, from 1-4 p.m., at the Community Center and Surrounding Grounds, Free
The annual Winterfest celebration is an opportunity for the community to come out of winter hibernation and enjoy a day filled with winter activities. This year will feature dog sledding demonstrations by Southwest MI Husky Club and cross skiing and snowshoeing by Oakland County Parks. Free ice skating will be offered at the Oak Park Ice Arena from 1-3 p.m. The event will also offer carriage rides, reindeer pens, face painting, cookie decoration, DJ entertainment, ice sculpture demonstrations, sledding, and more! We will also serve s'mores, chili and hot chocolate. This event is free and open to the public.
Daddy Daughter Dance
Friday, February 12, from 5-7 p.m., at the Community Center, $20 Fee for Daddy and Daughter, and $10 for Each Additional Attendee
This special night is a day for girls and the favorite men in their lives - fathers, step-fathers, father figures and grandfathers, for example. Enjoy an unforgettable evening of dinner and dancing with the special "girl" in your life. The fee includes admission for one gentleman and one lovely, little lady. We will provide dinner, dancing, photo booth, surprises and giveaways. This event is ideal for ages 3 and above. Register by Wednesday, February 8.
Oak Park Egg Roll
Sunday, April 2, 1-3 p.m., Hamilton Hill in David H. Shepherd Park, Free
What's better than searching for eggs during the holiday? Chasing candy-filled plastic eggs down Hamilton Hill, of course. Come join us. We'll place children into age groups (i.e., 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) to better ensure they can chase and collect eggs with other children in the same skill and age group. Pre-registration is required, although the event is free. This event is ideal for children of the 3-12 age range.
Wednesday, April 12, 4-7 p.m., Hamilton Hill in David H. Shepherd Park
Surprise your child with a special appearance from Peter Rabbit! Peter will visit 15 homes in Oak Park. While at the homes, Peter will visit with family members, pose for photo opportunities and leave a special gift behind. Sign-up while spots are available. You must be home between the hours of 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12 to quality. Due to limited availability, this event is only open to Oak Park residents.
Mayors 5K Race
Tuesday, July 4, at 8 a.m., Advanced Reservations are Required
The Mayors 5K Race is the perfect event for our fitness conscious community members who want to enjoy the City during a summer morning right before all the excitement that Independence Day has to offer. The race begins at 8 a.m. on a trail to take participants through Oak Park's parks and neighborhoods while the City assembles tents, secures parade routes, and interviews visiting dignitaries.
Youth Assistance Breakfast
Tuesday, July 4, 9-11 a.m., David H. Shepherd Park
It's always nice to enjoy a meal where the proceeds go towards a worthwhile cause. The Youth Assistance Breakfast is a fundraiser to help area youth who are in need of assistance and guidance. The Breakfast is held under Pavilion One in Shepherd's Park right before the Independence Day Parade begins. We'll have more details in the coming months.
Independence Day Parade
Tuesday, July 4, at 11 a.m., City Center Oak Park, Free Event
Independence Day Parade is a time-honored tradition in the City of Oak Park. Community members often reminisce about growing up in Oak Park and attending every parade. It's a tradition they hope to continue throughout the generations. The parade honors the brave women and men who served, those currently serving, and those who will soon join the nation's armed services. Bands, dancers, bicyclists, car enthusiasts, block clubs, community businesses, commissions, non-profits, and more celebrate the day and entertain the community. With the sun shining down, the warm breeze whistling through, the smell of barbeques, and the excitement for all to enjoy, the day is one to record in the memory books. To view the 2016 Independence Day Parade, visit http://bit.ly/OakPark2016Parade.
Tuesday, July 4, after the Independence Day Parade
in David H. Shepherd Park, Free Event
When the parade ends, the Fun Fest begins. During the Fun Fest the senses go into overload. Between the allure of popcorn, hot dogs, candy corn and ice cream, there's vendor booths, petting farms, plays capes, band performances, game tables, face painters, entertainment, and demonstrations abound. Bring your lawn chairs, appetites, smiles and readiness to have some down home fun!
Concerts in the Park
Thursday Evenings in July, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 7-8:30 p.m., at David H. Shepherd Park, Free Event
There's nothing better than an easy, breezy and lazy afternoon in the park with music. Bring your family, your neighbors, and plenty of lawn chairs and enjoy. Each Thursday will feature a new band. More details to come.
Saturday, July 29, Free Event
This year's Summerfest will be held on one day, Saturday, July 29, but jam-packed with entertainment, eats, and activity. More details to come.
Come Out and Play
Friday, August 11, 2-8 p.m.
Movie in the Park
Friday, August 11, 8:30 p.m.
New to Oak Park, we will be hosting a Come Out and Play event in the park, followed by Movie Night in the Park on Friday, August 11. Come join us as we wind down the summer. More details to come.
Punt, Pass, and Kick
Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m. - Noon
If your child is interested in knowing how they compare to other children across the country in the sport of Football, this is the place to be. More details to come.
Sunday, October 24, 1-4 p.m., Free
Our annual Public Safety Open House is transforming. This year, not only will you enjoy touring the Public Safety Building, explore police and fire vehicles, and learn about safety and prevention, but you'll be able to enjoy the Department of Public Works vehicles (snow plows, leave blowers, and landscaping equipment). We will have representatives from various City departments on hand to meet and greet. More details to come.
Halloween Boo Bash in the Park!
Tuesday, October 31, from 5-8 p.m. in David H. Shepherd Park, Free
Everyone remembers what it was like to dress up and trick or treat. Today, it's about finding a safe haven to take the kids where they are surrounded by community members, fun and great activities. This year's annual Halloween Boo Bash is planned for outdoors in the David H. Shepherd Park. The bash will feature a slightly haunted hay ride through the outdoor nature trail, trick-or-treat street around the park, and the Boo Bash Monster Mash under shelter one. Come enjoy this enhanced event with opportunities for festive sight-seeing, trick-or-treating, and light refreshments in the park. If inclement weather, we will take the event indoors.
Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Community Center, Entrance Fee
The Second Annual Oak Park Holiday Gift-O-Rama is a day to celebrate our local vendors and business entrepreneurs by buying local. Local vendors display their products and their services which are perfect stocking stuffers or gifts for the holidays. Money spent on local businesses helps the local economy. For more information on vendor booths or the day's activities, call Oak Park Recreation Department at (248) 691-7555.