Oakland Township parks department aims for summer fun

From archery to eating insects, parks programs embrace summer

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published May 29, 2018

 Chris Prout, of Sterling Heights, and Maddy Elton, 14, from Shelby Township, practice hitting a target May 19 during an open shoot archery session at Marsh  View Park.

Chris Prout, of Sterling Heights, and Maddy Elton, 14, from Shelby Township, practice hitting a target May 19 during an open shoot archery session at Marsh View Park.

Photo by Brandy Baker

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — An extensive selection of summer activities can be found in township parks — from archery, kayaking and paddleboarding to a program about eating insects, officials said.

Gina Munson, an archery instructor with Motor City Archers, said open archery shoots at Marsh View Park have proved to be popular.

“If you have shot before or if you have never shot in your life, it is free,” Munson said. “It is a great feature to have in a (community). We get a wide range of people who come in.”  

Archers are invited to participate in open shoots 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays at the park, located on Clarkston Road at Adams Road.

“You can bring your own equipment, or we will provide it,” Munson said. Open shoots are also available on select Monday and Friday evenings.

Jacob Schick, 15, from Shelby Township, is a frequent Marsh View Park visitor, using the range to practice for his archery team.

“It is just fun,” Schick said. “It is my third year on a team and my fifth year (in archery) overall.”

Kayaking and paddleboarding opportunities are found at Lost Lake and Draper Lake parks.

“Both the lakes are perfect for kayaks and paddleboarding because they are calm,” Oakland Township Recreation Manager Becky McLogan said. There is a fee for Oakland Township residents, and those with experience are welcome to enjoy the lakes on their own, she said.

The Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Department is offering an outdoor skills class this year for older children.

“We did it last year, and it was a huge success,” McLogan said. “Each day they learn a different outdoor skill at a different park.”

An advanced class is also available and includes lessons in bow hunting, fishing, land navigation skills and more. Each class runs for a week.

More park offerings include open houses through a partnership with Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve at the Lost Lake Nature Center, and nature programs at various parks for small children, families and teens.

“We have a program called ‘A Quiet Walk in the Woods’ for special-needs kids in August,” McLogan said. “It is at Lost Lake Park.”

For adventurous eaters, an adult program called “The Crunchier Side of Protein” will investigate insects as food. Entomophagy, the practice of consuming insects, is practiced by over 2 billion people worldwide, McLogan said.

For a full schedule of Oakland Township park programs and events, visit www.oaklandtownship.org.