The park is set to open to the public Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.
Due to COVID-19, the opening of the park has been pushed back from July to September 2020. Aspects of park development were put on hold during the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order, putting the project several months behind schedule.
About the park
Holly Oaks ORV Parks is in Groveland and Holly townships (Oakland County), located off I-75 (at Grange Hall) and Dixie Highway across from Groveland Oaks County Park and Campground.
The park consists of former and active sand and gravel mines, making the park a unique destination. It's open to all types of ORVs, including full-size vehicles, side-by-sides, all-terrain vehicles or ATVs and motorcycles.
There will be a daily entry fee and an ORV license and trail permit will be required. There will be no requirement for a DNR Recreation Passport or Oakland County Parks and Recreation Annual Vehicle Permit.
Approximately 113 acres will initially open to the public with additional acres coming online as mining is completed on the remaining property. The full 235 acres is expected to be operational by 2023.
Development of the park
As part of a long-term goal, the DNR wanted to create an opportunity for legal, public off-road vehicle recreation in southeastern Michigan. Oakland County was selected as a prime area to develop a park because it has the highest percent of licensed ORVs in the state, and the county didn't offer legal public riding areas at the time.
The DNR was awarded a $2.9 million grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to purchase the property. In 2017, the DNR purchased 235 acres and on April 2, 2019, Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved a 20-year operating agreement (with a 10-year additional option) with the DNR. Under the agreement, OCPR will operate the ORV Park in collaboration with the DNR.
The park will be the second state park in Michigan to be jointly managed by both a state and county recreation agency, which will be operated by Oakland County Parks and Recreation in partnership with the DNR.
An important aspect of the planning process is public input and feedback. If you have questions, please email HollyOaksORVPark@OAK.gov.
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