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Adopt a Park for a Day

Think Spring! It's time for Royal Oak's annual “Adopt a Park for a Day” on April 21 & 22.
Last year dozens of volunteers groups picked up leaves and debris at our neighborhood parks. The results were beautiful.

There are 50 parks in the City of Royal Oak so let's get outdoorsy, engage with nature and meet new people. Register by calling the DPS at (248) 246-3300 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and pick a park.


Police Department Update

Residents can find the most recent police reports on the city's website at http://romi.gov/963/Press-Releases

Citizens are also encouraged to sign up for crime alerts at crimemapping.com. Crime Mapping's goal is to assist police departments in reducing crime through a better-informed citizenry.

Sign up for public safety alerts from the police using Civic Ready. Click here to subscribe.

Guns & Hoses

Guns & Hoses Charity Hockey Game

The annual Guns & Hoses Charity Hockey Game set for April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lindell Ice Arena. This year's event will benefit 8-year-old Will DeMeritt and the DeMeritt Family of Lake Orion. 

Will DeMeritt is an energetic, 8-year-old boy from Lake Orion. Like any other 3rd grader, Will enjoys the sportsmanship and independence of sports; especially gymnastics. Will has also been deaf since birth and was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes in 2015. To have the same opportunity as any other child his age, Will requires interpreter services for American Sign Language, which costs a considerable amount to provide. Sadly, in 2017 the DeMeritt Family lost the financial assistance that made that possible. Your support is key to providing a new source of financial assistance for the DeMeritt Family in 2018 and beyond.

All proceeds from the 2018 Guns & Hoses Charity Hockey Game will go directly to the DeMeritt Family and allow them to provide an ASL interpreter for Will well into the future. 

Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/RoyalOakGunsAndHoses/

ParkfFnder App

ParkFinder App Introduced

SEMCOG is excited to announce that Southeast Michigan ParkFinder is now available as a mobile app that makes it easier than ever to explore recreation opportunities throughout the seven-county region.

Available free-of-charge on Apple's App Store and the Google Play store, the app enables users to search from over 2,600 parks within Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties. This interactive map is the result of regional cooperation and features everything from neighborhood playgrounds to state and national parks.

Learn more at https://maps.semcog.org/ParkFinder/

Does Global Warming Cause Hurricanes?

What is the status of global warming? Does global warming cause climate change? Has the intensity or frequency of storms increased?

Chris Skinner, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Researcher, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, University of Michigan, will attempt to answer these questions and more on Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m. at the Royal Oak Senior Center, 3500 Marais Ave, Royal Oak

This event is sponsored by the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Committee.

Free admission but donations gratefully accepted for more information call 248-288-6125.
Food for Thought

Food for Thought Campaign

Team up with the Royal Oak Public Library in April to help our hungry neighbors in need during the Food for Thought Campaign. Bring in nonperishable food items and place them in donation boxes inside the library. Last year regional libraries collected a record 13,500 pounds of food to provide more than 11,200 meals in our community!


Run with the Police

Join Royal Oak's Finest for a 5k Run/Walk on June 2.

Let's celebrate a century of service with a 5K community run/walk that includes: 

  • FREE race photos
  • Mugshots
  • Chase the Chief Kids Run
  • 1.5 Mile Fitness Challenge
  • Meet a K-9 dog
  • ROPD history exhibit
  • FREE aviator sunglasses
  • FREE doughnuts 
  • Much more

All proceeds go to the Royal Oak Police Department Donation Fund to be used for the health and well-being of officers.


No Plastic Bags, Please!

Please help SOCRRA employees who sort your recycling by not putting any type of plastic bags (except clear bags with shredded paper) in your curbside recycling container.  People always say “but they take it at the curb.”  This is true, but these hard-working folks have to pull it off the line at the sorting center due to contamination and it ends up being discarded.  To ensure your plastic bags are being recycled, please bring plastic bags to the SOCRRA facility, 995 Coolidge or to any store that accepts plastic bags for recycling.


Be Part of the Memorial Day Parade

Royal Oak's annual Memorial Day Parade will be May 28 starting at 9 a.m.  The parade will again be along Main Street starting at Lincoln and moving north through downtown Royal Oak.

If you are a local group or organization and have interest in participating in this year's Memorial Day Parade, please submit your online application at https://seam.ly/Zqy4AI1W.

Break the Silence

Break the Silence Week (April 23 - April 27): The Royal Oak High School Diversity Club is hosting a series of events to coincide with the Day of Silence (4/27). The students want to raise awareness of bullying of LGBTQ students in schools and remember those who have fallen victim to LGBT bullying. Learn more.

Bike Lane Plans

North /South Bike Route Comes to Royal Oak

A north-south dedicated bike route, which has been a goal of the Royal Oak City Commission for the past 7 years, will begin construction this spring. 

The design of the bike route is the result of the concerted efforts of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Sub-committee, which held numerous public meetings and work sessions where the goals, options, routes and details were openly discussed. South Washington and North Main Streets were selected due to the relatively low traffic volumes that exist which can accommodate such a road reconfiguration.

To learn more and to see the plans go to https://www.romi.gov/1261/Bicycle-Routes.

Recycle Off

Recycle Off Challenge - Game On!

The City of Madison Heights is challenging the City of Royal Oak to a three-month Recycle Off.

The friendly recycling competition began February 1 and ends April 30. The city having the greatest percentage increase in tonnage at the end of April will earn the title of Top Recycling City.

Learn more at https://www.romi.gov/1278/Recycle-Off.



It is commonly known that there are rats in Royal Oak. With construction and other displacement factors, they are always looking for new places to nest. 

Keep Rodents Away

You may not have a nest on your property, but you may unknowingly be contributing to the problem.  Prevention is much easier and cheaper than fighting an infestation. Here are some tips.
  • Rats need a food source.  It can be up to 300 feet away from their nest. Dog waste, bird seed, and garbage are rat favorites. They can survive on ONE ounce of food per day. The more food, the more rats.
  • Rats need a place to live.  Underground holes, often near buildings, wood piles, discarded items etc. are a sign you may have rats living in your yard. 
  • Rats do not respect property lines.  They think this is their neighborhood.  Their dining room may be in one lot while their bedrooms are several lots away.

Visit https://www.romi.gov/documentcenter/view/133 for more information or call 248-246-3201.
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 Library Events

There is always something interesting and exciting happening at the Royal Oak Public Library. Go to ropl,org to learn more.

Library hours are: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (September through June)

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Work for the City of Royal Oak

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Royal Oak.
To browse through available opportunities go to: romi.gov/jobs


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Senior Times

Senior Times Newsletter

The City of Royal Oak offers mature adults opportunities for lifelong education, fitness, nutrition and leisure activities.

Click here for the latest news and information from the Mahany/ Meininger Community Center. 

Mobile App

City Launches Mobile App

The City of Royal Oak has a new mobile app! Find out what's happening, get meeting agendas, discover employment opportunities within the city and more.

Download the app at these locations:

Apple Store 
Google Play Store

Pay Online

Make Convenient Online Payments

Did you know you can make online payments for property taxes and utility bills?

Go to http://romi.gov/868/Online-Payments to learn more.

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