Find winter fun in local parks

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published January 9, 2018

 The sledding hill is ready for action Jan. 8 at Lost Lake Park.

The sledding hill is ready for action Jan. 8 at Lost Lake Park.

Photo by Linda Shepard

ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Cure cabin fever with some outdoor adventure in your neighborhood park this winter.

Sledding, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice hockey, ice fishing and more can be found close to home.

Oakland Township’s annual Winter Carnival, to be held this year Jan. 27 at Marsh View Park, offers fun for the whole family with games, entertainment, food and much more.

“Everything is free,” Oakland Township Recreation Manager Becky McLogan said. “We’ve got more activities this year and more opportunities to have fun.”

The Olympics-themed event will offer an obstacle course, penguin bowling, kiddie sledding, ice carving, snowball shot put, disc golf, archery target shoots and ice skating.

“The Michigan Stiltwalker will open the show with fire juggling,” McLogan said. “And Magic Joe will be back by popular demand.”

Both entertainers will present multiple shows in the park’s warming shed.

“A food tent is new this year,” McLogan said. “We’ll have free pizza, free deli sandwiches and hot cocoa.”

The event is not weather dependent.

“We are hoping for snow, but we will hold it snow or no snow,” McLogan said.

For more information about Oakland Township’s Winter Carnival, to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 at Marsh View Park, visit oaklandtownship.org. Marsh View Park is located at the northwest corner of Clarkston and Adams roads.

The Marsh View Park skating rink is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day for skaters, if the rink is frozen solid. Call the ice rink hotline at (248) 651-4440, ext. 289, to confirm that the rink is open. Skating clinics are available Feb. 10 and 17.

Sledders can find a challenging hill at Lost Lake Nature Park off Predmore Road in Oakland Township. Lost Lake offers sledding under the lights Friday and Saturday nights until 9 p.m.

Bloomer Park on John R Road in Rochester Hills also offers sledding opportunities. Both Lost Lake and Bloomer parks are free and open from dusk to dawn.

“We have a toboggan run at the back of Bloomer Park,” Rochester Hills Parks Director Ken Elwert said. The park has a heated restroom near the hill.

“And we have smaller runs at Borden Park that are good for little kids,” Elwert said. “We have a big berm that runs around the park.”

Borden Park is located at the corner of Hamlin and John R.

A fire pit keeps sledders warm at the top of the Bloomer Park run. “We start it and keep an eye on it,” Elwert said. “And then people throw logs on it.”

At press time, the lake at Spencer Park had been declared solid and safe for ice fishing, skating and hockey, Elwert said. To find ice conditions quickly, Elwert recommended checking the park website at rochesterhills.org.

“We quickly update it for ice status,” he said.

The Clinton River Trail is popular for cross-country skiing, according to Elwert.

“It is not groomed, but it is a straight run,” he said.