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Independence Township, 6483 Waldon Center Drive, Clarkston, MI  48346  248-625-5111 Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 69, Clarkston, MI  48347

 

 

 

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Parks and Facilities

All parks are free to enter, however there are user fees for the Spraypark, Deer Lake Beach and Disc Golf.

Main Office for Parks, Recreation & Seniors

6483 Waldon Ctr Dr
Clarkston, MI 48346

Our Main Office is located on Waldon Center Drive, just East of Sashabaw off of Waldon Rd. The Parks and Recreation Office is in the lower level. All Township offices are handicap accessible. Township Offices at this location are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Township is closed for Holidays.

All rentals need to be done in person at the Independence Twp Offices*. Before you come, please read over information below, specifically about Security Deposits. If you have more questions, call (248) 625-8223, Monday thru Friday.

*Senior Center or Carriage House rentals need to be done at the Senior Center.

Pavilion Rental Evaluation - Click here to take a survey.

Room Rental Evaluation - Click here to take a survey.

Rental Fees

Indoor Fees

  • Bay Court Park Lakeview Room, Clintonwood Park Carriage House
  • Fees: Resident-$30/hour Non-Resident-$35 Minimum two hour rental.

Gazebo Fees

  • Bay Court Park
  • Fees: Resident-$25/hour Non-Resident-$30
  • There will be no charge for Gazebo usage Monday-Thursday. Minimum two hour rental.

Pavilion Fees

  • Clintonwood Park, Bay Court Park or Sashabaw Plains
March 1 - October 31
Note:  Park hours during this time are 8:00am - 9:00pm
 

Clintonwood Park North Pavilion
Bay Court Park Lakeside Pavilion

Resident/Non Resident Rate

Clintonwood Park South Pavilion
Bay Court Park Cedar Grove Pavilion
Sashabaw Plains Pavilion
Resident/Non-Resident Rate

Weekday - 1/2 Day
(9:00 AM - 2:00 PM) or
(3:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
$25/$45 $40/$70
Weekday-Full Day
(9:00 AM - 8:00 PM)
$40/$70 $55/$100
Weekend/Holiday - 1/2 Day
(9:00 AM - 2:00 PM) or
(3:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
$75/$135 $125/$200
Weekend/Holiday-Full Day
(9:00 AM - 8:00 PM)
$125/$200 $175/$250
All pavillion rentals November 1 - February 28 are just $10 for the day.

To reserve pavilions or the Lakeview Room at Bay Court, contact 248-625-8223.  To reserve the Carriage House, contact 248-625-8231.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance can I rent?
You can rent up to one year in advance from your Event date.

Can I reserve a date over the phone?
You can get availability of the date you are inquiring about over the phone, but you must come in to make the reservation.

Is a Security Deposit required?
Yes, a $100 Security Deposit (in the form of a check) must be left for each facility rented.

Can I get a refund or transfer my date?
If the cancellation/transfer request by the applicant occurs more than fourteen days (14) prior to the event: All transfers are subject to a $20 administrative fee, pending the new date is available. All transfers must be done in person, unless payment is made by VISA or Mastercard. Call (248) 625-8223 for more information and to have a Transfer Form faxed to you. In the case of a refund, the rental fee minus $20 will be refunded along with the deposit. See above for details. If the cancellation/transfer request by the applicant occurs less than fourteen days (14) prior to the event: The entire rental fee is forfeited and the deposit will be returned in full, regardless of the reason for the cancellation, including inclement weather. Absolutely no transfers.

Can I do the paperwork, but use someone else’s check?
Yes, however, the person who provides payment for the rental must be a resident in order to get the resident rate.

With a Room Rental, can we come early to set-up?
Your rental should include enough time for set-up and clean-up time. If you need more time, you will need to add it to your rental.

With a Pavilion Rental, can we come early to set-up?
Pavilions, unless rented, are first come, first serve. Your exclusive time begins at the time of your rental. Your rental choices are: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM or 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM. If you choose to rent a ½ day rental, the pavilion cleaning times are between 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

With a Room Rental, can we have more people that the allotted amount in our contract?
No. Room capacities are determined by the Independence Twp Fire Department.

With a Pavilion Rental, can we have more people that the allotted amount in our contract?
No. Seating and parking capacities are factored in to that number.

Are picnic tables included with my rental?
Yes, picnic table seating comes with your pavilion rental for the number of persons indicated on your contract.

Are there electrical outlets at the Pavilions?
Yes. Sorry, no generators are allowed to be brought in.

Are there grills are all Pavilions?
Not all. Grills are located at Sashabaw Plains’s pavilion, Bay Court Pavilions (both) and Clintonwood Park’s South pavilion. There is not a grill a Clintonwood’s North Pavilion. There are grills in the grassy areas of Sashabaw Plains park.

Are there grills at the Beach?
There are two grills in the grass at Deer Lake Beach.

Is the Spraypark or Disc Golf included in my rental?
No. There are separate fees to use the Spraypark & Disc Golf. Bay Court Beach is however free.

Can I rent a moonwalk or inflatable?
All third party contracts for moonwalks, etc are subject to approval at the time of your rental. If approved, a Certificate of Insurance will need to be provided within ten days of your signed contract.

Can I bring in my own tent?
All third party contracts for tents, etc are subject to approval at the
time of your rental. If approved, a Certificate of Insurance will need to be provided within ten days
of your signed contract. Pop up tents smaller than a 10x10ft, are allowed at the Spraypark.

Clintonwood Park Sashabaw Plains Park
Clintonwood Spraypark Deer Lake Beach
Senior Center Bay Court Park

Park Closing Hours

Memorial Day to Labor Day all parks will close at 9:00 PM
Pavilion rentals will only go to 8:00 PM.
The Tuesday after Labor Day weekend through the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend, parks will be closing at 5:00 PM.

Clintonwood Park
6000 Clarkston Road

Clintonwood Park is 120 acres of open space. The park is open every day with the exception of New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The park features a fitness rail, basketball, 4 square and tennis courts, playground and spraypark, baseball, softball and soccer fields, in-line skating rink, volleyball and horseshoes.

Clintonwood Park Rental Facilities
North Pavilion - Seating for approximately 50 people, Limited Summer Availability
South Pavilion - Seating for approximately 125 people
Pavilion Hours: Memorial Day - Labor Day: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM., September – May: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Senior Center
6000 Clarkston Road

The Senior Center, located in Clintonwood Park on Clarkston Road, offers trips, sports, crafts, music, cards, special dinners and parties, health screenings, talks and much more. Daily services include meals for the homebound, lunches at the center, and transportation for residents of Clarkston, Independence and Springfield Township.

Reservations for the facilities listed below must be made at the Senior Center.  Call 248-625-8231 for hours, fees and availability information.
Senior Rental Facilities
Carriage House room - Seating for approximately 50 people
Outdoor Deck at Senior Center - Seating for approximately 40 people

Clintonwood Spraypark
inside Clintonwood Park

Please visit www.clarkstonspraypark.org.

Sashabaw Plains Park
5620 Maybee Road

Sashabaw Plains park is a 15-acre ark that is open during the year from April through October 31. The park features a community built playground, baseball fields, horseshoes, 4 square and basketball courts, volleyball, picnic areas, andbathroom facilities.

Sashabaw Plains Park Rental Facilities

Sashabaw Plains Pavilion - Seating for approximately 75 people
Pavilion Hours: Memorial Day - Labor Day: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM., September – May: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Deer Lake Beach
350 White Lake Road

Deer Lake Beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting.  Please call 248-625-8223 for hours.  Trained Lifeguards supervise the beach. Fees are charged for both the beach and boat launching facilities. Swimming lessons are held throughout the summer.  Park rules are posted at each entrance. Please remember that all Township facilities are alcohol free and that all pets must be leashed at all times when using any park facility.

Bay Court Park
6970 Andersonville Road

Bay Court Park is a wonderful historic landmark that as been designed to meet the growing needs of our community. The park is open every day with the exception of New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Amenities include:  community built playscape, disc golf and bathrooms.

Bay Court Park Beach is open weather permitting, from 9:00am until 1 hour before the park closes every day. There are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty, SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Bay Court Rental Facilities

Lakeside Pavilion - Seating for approximately 40 people
Cedar Grove Pavilion - Seating for approximately 125 people

Pavilion Hours: Memorial Day - Labor Day: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
 September – May: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

Beach and Patio

Playscape

Bay Court Rental Facility

Perfect spot for your outdoor wedding! Bench seating for 12 people.
Indoor Room - Seating for approximately 50 people
Indoor Room Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Ryan Schmidt Memorial Disc Golf Course

Dedicated July 21, 1998, the Ryan Schmidt Memorial Disc Golf Course is a 9 hole Frisbee Golf Course, easy for participants of all ability levels to enjoy. Bay Court Park is a terrific setting for "golfers". Scorecards are available to download by clicking here, as well as Course Rules and a map.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the seasons/days/hours of operation of the Disc Golf Course?
There is a $2 charge to use the course (good all day) from noon to close April through October. Season passes are available as well. Course closes approximately 1 hour before park closing time. The course will not be open this winter due to maintenance.

2. Are there any changes expected to be made to the Course?
Grass planting around poles and tee areas will occur in fall of 2013.  Poles will be pulled for fall and spring to allow grass to grow. Course will not be open for winter.

3. Is the Park in Clarkston, Waterford, or Independence Twp.?
Bay Court Park is in Independence Township, but has a Clarkston mailing address. The address to Bay Court Park is 6970 Andersonville Rd, Clarkston, MI 48346

4. Are there Course maps available?
There are signs at each hole, detailing the par, distance and a layout.

5. Is the building always open for the public to access the restrooms and drinking fountain?
Yes, restrooms and the drinking fountain are accessible during Park hours. We now offer snacks and drinks in the Disc Shack, as well as demos of new discs and disc for rent or purchase.

6. What is the dog policy for Bay Court Park?
Dogs are allowed, however, all dogs must be leashed and leash must be in handlers possession at all times.

7. What is the alcohol policy for Bay Court Park?
No alcohol, Township Ordinance

8. Is there camping available at the Park?
No, the closest Camp Ground is Groveland Oaks Park through Oakland County Parks

9. Who designed the Course?
In Flight, East Lansing, MI

Pictured below are the picnic facilities and the gazebo.

Rectangle Pavilion Rectangle Pavilion
Lakeside Pavilion Lakeside Pavilion
Gazebo Gazebo

 

 

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