"Run For The Trees 5K" at Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District and Cranberry Lake Park

Oakland Twp, MI - Join us for the Michigan DNR’s Bob Ross-inspired Happy Little 5K called ‘Run for the Trees’ at Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District and Cranberry Lake Park. The 5K route will start at the east end of the historic district near the stone barbeque, traveling west past the apple orchard, then to the beehives, Cranberry Lake, all the way to Romeo Road, then back to Predmore Road via the trails and old farm lane, and finally ending at the newly created Story Garden!

We will leave a cooler of water for those completing the 5K (3.1 miles) and we ask that you please take a selfie photo and post on our Facebook page #CLF district.

Date of the event is April 22 thru 29, 2022 – you pick the day and time. Walk, jog or run our marked course throughout the historic district and park!

Happy Little Virtual 5K Route

Historic District Commissioner Ron Bargy is a big fan of Bob Ross, having painted with Bob’s televised demonstrations since his college days, saying “I can still watch him on Hulu or YouTube, and have received a Bob Ross coloring book and puzzle as a gift. In my family ‘We Respect the Bob’.” Registration has ended with the DNR, and all proceeds go to support tree planting and forest protection in State Parks. However, if you did not register, you can still participate in running or walking our course.

“We have mapped out a great route for all, and we want people to come out to experience our great historic park connected to the 213-acre park of woods, bogs, and meadows. Signs will be placed at intersections and a brochure with maps will be at the starting point, so you don’t’ get lost,” added Barbara Barber, Preservation Planner.

Oakland Township Trustee Lana Mangiapane said, “She hopes we may also see some artists out painting the landscapes during your visit as we also host four Plein Air painting workshops during the summer.” One of Bob Ross famous sayings, “We don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.” We are open dawn till dusk and welcome all ages to come visit.


Charter Township of Oakland is a charter township in the northeastern portion of Oakland County, in the outskirts of Metro Detroit, in the State of Michigan. The population was 20,067 at the 2020 census. Oakland Township is less densely populated than neighboring townships to the west, south, and east; and retains many elements of a rural, wooded residential bedroom community. Local ordinances and zoning laws are aimed at limiting commercial and industrial development while maintaining a cap on population density by way of a master plan.

Oakland Township has the distinction of being one of Michigan's oldest townships. It was one of the original 25 townships in the Territory of Michigan when counties were further divided into townships in 1827. The Township is a complete 36 square miles. For more information about Oakland Township, visit www.oaklandtownship.org.

Apr 10, 2022, Rochester.Life Staff

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