Red Oaks Water Park reopens on June 23
Red Oaks Water Park reopens on June 23
Madison Heights, MI – After last summer’s hiatus due to the pandemic, Oakland County parks and recreation officials are eager to welcome visitors to Red Oaks Water Park in Madison Heights. The water park opens Wednesday, June 23 with some changes including online ticket sales.
“We are delighted to open. We often hear that water park tours are a vital part of summer plans, ”said Susan Wells, Acting Executive Director. “The fact that we have a new water feature in its early stages adds even more excitement.
“A new Children’s Splash Pad replaces an existing attraction, built in 2003, which had reached the end of its operational lifecycle.
The new Splash Pad features 52 interactive water games, including a water climbing game with slides and a drain bucket. The zero depth attraction offers 160 ‘x 105’ of play space with a new adjacent shade structure. In addition, family toilets have been added next to the paddling pool.
The cost of the project was $ 1,945,594 for the Splash Pad with sanitary lifting station and $ 284,843 for the family toilets. Staff supervised the design team of Penchura LLC of Brighton, Aquatix (equipment) by Landscape Structures, Eden Prairie, MN, Rowe Professional Services, Inc, Flint, JFR Architects of Sterling Heights, Berbiglia & Associates, Inc, Farmington Hills and Nowak & Fraus Engineering, Inc., Pontiac. The splash pad was built by CE Gleeson Constructors, Troy.
Online Tickets Available Also new this year, tickets will be available for purchase at OaklandCountyParks.com.
Admission to Red Oaks Water Park will be $ 17 / person / online; $ 20 / person on site. Online tickets go on sale Monday, June 21. Online ticket sales end at 2:00 p.m. on the day of the tour.
Tickets will be available seven days prior to the scheduled visit date. Tickets will not be required for children 0-1 years old. Their age will be checked at the door.
The capacity of Red Oaks will be 1,000 visitors per day.
“Buying tickets online will give visitors a discount and guarantee entry for the day,” said Tom Hughes, operations manager – southern district. “It will help us manage our daily capacity. The bonus is that a family won’t pack everything to get to the water park and find that we are full.
“Red Oaks will be open June 23-27 from 11 am to 6 pm daily. The water park will be closed on June 28 and 29. From June 30 to the end of August, the water park will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.
Changes due to covid, hiring issues:
Red Oaks Water Park typically opens the first week of June. The opening was delayed due to difficulty in finding rescue personnel. Due to the delayed opening, water park season passes and group rates will not be offered; programs have been canceled; and picnic shelters will not be rented. Concessions will be closed; however, prepackaged drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. The River Ride will be closed due to a lack of staff.
“Operations are built on the ability to provide a fun and safe experience for our customers. The safety of our staff is also paramount, ”said Wells. “The River Ride takes seven lifeguards on staff. It’s just too labor intensive for us to operate this season. The recruitment of lifeguards is a county and national struggle for pool operations and water parks. “
Status of Waterford Oaks WaterparkOCPR operates a second water park, Waterford Oaks Waterpark, in Waterford. The opening of the establishment depends on the availability of lifeguards. A hiring fair will be held at the water park on Wednesday, June 23 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The water park hires lifeguards and park attendants. The water park is located at 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford. The Red Oaks Water Park is located at 1455 E. Thirteen Mile Road. It offers a children’s paddling pool, wave pool, giant triple-channel slide, public baths, lockers, picnic areas, free tubes and lounge chairs. For more information on other Oakland County Parks and Recreation events, visit www.OaklandCountyParks.com.