"Run for the Trees" 5K at Cranberry Lake Farm!

April 10, 2023, Oakland Township 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, to 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 Story Garden!

For those completing the 5K (3.1 miles), we ask that you please take a selfie photo and post on our facebook page #CLF district.

Date of the event is April 22 to April 28, 2023 – you pick the day and time. Walk, jog or run our marked course throughout the historic district and park!

Historic District Commissioner Ron Bargy is a big fan of Bob Ross, having painted with Bob’s televised demonstrations since his college days, saying “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.

We are open dawn till dusk and welcome all ages to visit. Please note that the trail conditions could be wet depending on the recent rainfall.

Program: Run for the Trees Happy Little 5k

Date of Event: April 22nd through April 28, 2023 - Trails marked with signage

Time: You pick the day and time to run your race

Location: Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District and Cranberry Lake Park, 388 W. Predmore Road, Oakland, MI 48363

Contacts: Barbara Barber, Historic Preservation Planner 248-608-6807. To email Barbara CLICK HERE. Oakland Township Historic District Commission

"Run for the Trees" 5K Course


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 16,779 at the 2010 census and 20.067 in 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.

A grist mill and mill race was built on Paint Creek in 1835. Later named Goodison Mill, it operated for more than 100 years before being dismantled in the late 1940s. The former site of the mill is the current location of Paint Creek Cider Mill, which is home to the Oakland Township Parks and Recreation, among other offices and a year round Cider Mill/Restaurant.

Currently the Township is served by three school districts: Rochester Community Schools, Lake Orion Community Schools, and Romeo Community Schools. There are also three private schools: Eagle Creek Academy, Premier Academy, and Alpine Academy.

The Township is governed by a seven member elected Board of Trustees. A separately elected Commission manages the Parks and Recreation. An appointed Township Manager runs the day-to-day operations.

Our neighboring communities include: Oxford Township, Addison Township, Orion Township, Auburn Hills, Rochester, Rochester Hills, and in Macomb County Bruce Township, Washington Township, and Shelby Township.

Townships serve other governmental units by providing tax collection services. To avoid imposing an unnecessary burden on citizens to pay separate property taxes to the township, schools, special assessment districts and the county, Michigan townships provide uniform assessment of property values and collect all property taxes on behalf of the other units of government. Only a very small portion of the taxes collected are retained by the township for its own operating purposes.

Michigan townships, large and small, provide services tailored to meet the needs of their residents. Township officials represent the level of government closest and most responsive to the wishes of the people.

April 10, 2023, Oakland Township and Rochester.Life Staff

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