On August 5th, Oxford voters will have the opportunity to approve construction of a recreation facility that meets the health and wellness needs of the youth, adults and seniors in the tranquil setting of Stony Lake Township Park. Currently, Stony Lake Township Park is only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The proposed design will keep the park open year round, maximizing the park’s benefits by creating opportunities for year round recreation. Building at the park will expand the Township infrastructure including water mains, sanitary sewer and completion of the safety path!
Based on need, the center will include appropriate spaces that are currently unavailable in Oxford. It will enhance current OTP&R programs and provide new offerings for all ages. Some features of the new health and wellness center will include an aquatics area, fitness center, indoor track, multi-activity courts, senior lifestyle center, community rooms and more. The center will provide new and enhanced opportunities for families, kids and teens including swimming lessons, daytime activities, pool parties, martial arts and a place to celebrate snow days! A Community Recreation Center offers recreational opportunities that foster community & create lasting memories.
Did you know a family fitness club membership can cost in excess of $130 per month? Community resident memberships will be available for families and single adults at a cost of less than $1 per day, that’s about 1/4th of the cost for a lot more activities. Best of all, the center is planned so that Oxford resident seniors over 65 will be free!
“As a senior resident of Oxford, a community center would allow for activities close to home. Those wishing to participate in yoga, pickleball, cards, water aerobics etc., are compelled to travel outside Oxford. Currently, a centralized location in our community is unavailable.”
Sue Johnson, Oxford Resident
If approved, funds from a 25 year bond of 1.6 mills will be used to construct the center. Annual Memberships will pay to operate and maintain the building. It is a standard practice to use memberships for funding the operation of Community Centers. A professional analysis has been done to ensure financial success of the Center for many years to come.
How is the Lapeer Community Center doing?
“Now in its 19th year of operation, the City of Lapeer’s community center appears to be a success story. It’s heavily used by both residents and non-residents, and primarily funded by user and rental fees. The center has been a wonderful thing for our community. I’d like to say that it’s a necessity for any good, thriving community to have.”
Ray Turczyn, Lapeer Director of Parks, Recreation and Cemetery.
excerpt from article in Oxford Leader by C.J. Carnacchio, January 29, 2014
What are Oxford residents saying?
“I didn’t support the proposal in 1998, although I support this one. We now need a recreation and senior center because our community has changed and can support it. It’s needed for all our area youth and seniors. There are not enough community rooms and indoor facilities to meet the needs of all our residents and their families.”
Helen Smith, Lifetime Oxford Resident
For more information, please contact Oxford Parks and Recreation using the links below: