With $850,000 in renovations planned for 2011, Oakland County Parks is
investing heavily in making Catalpa Oaks Park a jewel in the heart of
Renovations for this year include bringing utilities
to the park, which will allow Catalpa Oaks to construct a service
building with public restrooms and concessions. They will also build a
playground and path near Greenfield Road.
Janet Jackson, Oakland County commissioner representing District 21, is
thrilled the plans are coming to fruition, albeit just the first phase
“For someone that is a resident of this part of the county, that’s very
beneficial because we don’t really have a real large parks facility on
that end of the county,” she said. “With Catalpa Oaks in that area that
is very densely populated, it’ll give those folks a very nice recreation
facility. People can get out in their neighborhood and be able to
recreate. Also, the county has a lot of wonderful programs that are a
draw — concerts (and) events that are focused toward all age groups.
It’s really a great facility to enjoy.”
The county has long owned the property that is now Catalpa Oaks — since
1964 — but the city of Southfield leased it for nearly 30 years, until
2007, when the park was in danger of being sold to a developer.
Residents and local officials responded with overwhelming opposition,
and county leaders stepped in to assume operations and eventually
improve the park.
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