Purchase of Girl Scouts property expands White Lake Oaks County Park

Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission has purchased 40.2-acres adjacent to White Lake Oaks County Park from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, increasing the park to 236 acres.
 
The property in White Lake Township was purchased for $1. The Girl Scouts organization will retain a 7.3-acre lot on Highland Road where the Girl Scouts service center is located.
 
“The Girl Scouts property is a terrific addition to the Oakland County Parks system because of its high natural resource and watershed value,” OCPRC Executive Officer Dan Stencil said. He noted a stretch of the Huron River flows through the area and could potentially be incorporated into the regional network of blue water trails.
 
“The purchase is a perfect fit for White Lake Oaks,” Mike Donnellon, Chief of Park Facilities Maintenance and Development said. “We were interested in the property for the preservation of wetlands on the property, access to the river and new potential trails.”
 
Currently, the primary use of White Lake Oaks is a golf course and conference center. The addition of the new land fits in with Oakland County Parks’ goal of diversifying recreational opportunities at its five golf courses.
 
White Lake Oaks is certified by the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program. MTESP certification requires the park to exceed requirements of environmental laws, protect water resources and enhance the maintenance of turfgrass and natural open spaces.
 
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