Red Oaks Water Park Reopening June 23

Red Oaks Water Park Reopening June 23

(Oakland County Parks and Recreation, June 22, 2021)

Madison Heights, MI – After  last  summer’s  hiatus  due  to  the pandemic,  Oakland  County  Parks  and  Recreation officials look forward to welcoming visitors back at Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights. The waterpark opens Wednesday, June 23 with some changes including online ticket sales.

“We’re  thrilled  to  open.  We  frequently  hear  waterpark  visits  are  a  staple  of  summer  plans,”  Interim  Executive  Officer  Susan  Wells  said.  “The  fact  we  have  a  new  water  feature  to  debut  adds  more  excitement.

”A new children’s Splash Pad replaces an existing attraction, constructed in 2003, that had reached the end of its operational life cycle.

The new Splash Pad features 52 interactive water features, including a water play climber with slides and a dumping bucket. The zero-depth attraction offers 160 ’x 105’ of play area with a new adjacent shade structure. Additionally, a family restroom has been added adjacent to the splash pad.

The project cost was $1,945,594 for the Splash Pad with sanitary lift station and $284,843 for the family restroom facility. Staff oversaw 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 constructed by C.E. Gleeson Constructors, Troy.

Online tickets available Also new this year, tickets will be available for purchase at OaklandCountyParks.com.

Entry to Red Oaks Waterpark will be $17/person/online; $20/person on site.  Online tickets go on sale Monday, June 21. On-line ticket sales end at 2 p.m. for the day of visit.

Tickets will be available seven days prior to the intended visit date. Tickets will not be required for children ages 0-1. Their age will be verified at the gate.

Capacity for Red Oaks will be 1,000 visitors daily.

“Purchasing tickets online will offer visitors a discount, and ensure entrance for the day,” Tom Hughes, Chief of Operations – South District, said. “This will help us manage our daily capacity. The bonus is a family won’t pack everything up to arrive at the waterpark and find that we’ve sold out.

”Red Oaks will be open June 23-27 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. The waterpark will be closed June 28-29. From June 30-late August, the waterpark will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m., seven days a week.

Changes due to covid, hiring issues:

Red Oaks Waterpark generally opens the first week of June. The opening was delayed due to difficulty finding lifeguard staff. Because of the delayed opening, waterpark season passes, and group rates will not be offered; programs have been cancelled; and picnic shelters will not be rented. Concessions will be closed; however, pre-packaged drinks  and  snacks  will  be  available  for  purchase.  The River  Ride  will  be  closed  due  to  staff  shortages.

“Operations hinge on being able to provide a fun, safe experience for our guests. The safety of our staff is  also  paramount,”  Wells  said.  “The River  Ride  takes  seven  lifeguards  to  staff.  That’s  just  too  labor  intensive  for  us  to  operate  this  season. Lifeguard recruitment  is  a  county  and  national  struggle  for  operations of pools and waterparks.”

Status of Waterford Oaks WaterparkOCPR  operates  a  second  waterpark,  Waterford  Oaks  Waterpark,  in  Waterford.  Opening  the  facility  is  dependent on lifeguard availability. A hiring  fair  will  be  hosted  at  the  waterpark  on  Wednesday,  June  23  from  3-6  p.m.  The waterpark is  hiring lifeguards and park attendants. The waterpark is located at 1702 Scott Lake Road, Waterford.  Red Oaks Waterpark is located at 1455 E. Thirteen Mile Road. It offers a children’s splash pad, wave-action pool, giant triple flume waterslide, bathhouse, lockers, picnic areas, free tubes, and lounge chairs.  For information on other Oakland County Parks and Recreation events, visit www.OaklandCountyParks.com.

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