Find archery and Good Tymes at Marsh View Park

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published August 29, 2017

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OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Parks officials hope kites and arrows will fly during the upcoming Goodison Good Tyme celebration planned for Sept. 9 at Marsh View Park.

The township’s annual family-friendly fall festival is designed to coincide with the grand opening of the park’s newly expanded Olympic archery range.

“It will be two festivals in one,” said Oakland Township Parks Director Mindy Milos-Dale. “Everything is free, including cake at the grand-opening ceremony.”

Archery instructors will oversee one-on-one target shooting, she said, and all attendees are invited to decorate and fly kites at the festival. Certified archery instructors will oversee archery shoots every 15 minutes beginning at 11 a.m. Kite decorating and flying will be held every 30 minutes beginning at 11 a.m.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Free T-shirts, hot dogs, chips and water will be available. The Oakland Township Historical Commission will exhibit historical displays, and the Oakland Township Historical Society will hold craft and bake sales.

People young and old are invited to climb a rock wall, navigate a soccer obstacle course, traverse an Amazon zip line, and enjoy face painting and balloon artists. The township’s Parks and Recreation Department will man display tables showcasing township programs and opportunities.  

The archery range reopening celebrates the expansion of the range’s maximum shooting distance from 45 yards to 90 meters, allowing a wider variety of programs and classes, from novice to Junior Olympic Archery Development for people 8 and older. The park also offers recreation and competitive archery leagues and hosts school teams and special events, as well as USA Archery-sanctioned tournaments.

“We’ve got a lot of really cool archery programs,” Oakland Township Recreation Manager Becky McLogan said. “We’ve expanded.”

Marsh View Park also features a newly enlarged parking lot and a new observation area.

Marsh View Park has been under development as the township’s first active recreation facility since the property was purchased in 2001 with funds from the township’s parks and recreation millage, combined with more than $2 million in Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants.

In addition to the archery range, the park features soccer fields, an ice rink in the winter months and more. The new archery field expansion was made possible with the purchase of 5 additional adjacent acres in 2012 with funding from the parks and recreation millage.

Goodison Good Tyme will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 9 at Marsh View Park, located on the northwest corner of Adams and Clarkston roads. The Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Department has been hosting Goodison Good Tyme since 2003.

For more information about Goodison Good Tyme and Marsh View Park’s archery program, visit www.oaklandtownship.org or call (248) 651-7810.