City of Auburn Hills, Michigan

Parks & Recreation Awards


APWA Michigan Chapter – Best Practice Award - River Walk Master Plan (2010) Prestigious Planning Excellence 2010 Award for the City’s Riverwalk master plan.  The plan envisions a Riverfront park system linked to the regional Clinton River Trail network and connected to the City’s downtown core that will host a wide range of recreational and leisure activities for local residents and visitors. Additional goals of the master plan are to protect and improve water quality, encourage a healthy, walkable community and enhance the economy of the City.


Michigan Festivals & Events Assoc – Event Photography – Downtown Summerfest (2011) First Place in the Category of “Events $1 - $14,999” for the Downtown Summerfest event of 2011 – photo of girl with balloon hat made by clown, clown also pictured – photo credit: Kevin Lent, City Photographer/Eagle Publishing.


Michigan Recreation & Parks Association (MParks)  – Award for Best Integrated Marketing Campaign - Parade of Stars Bluegrass Festival – (2012)
First Place for annual Parade of Stars Bluegrass Festival marketing campaign – the campaign included print (festival posters, buck slips), website (poster with band line-up), and even a billboard on Interstate I-75, all matching in design, consistency and feel.


Keep Michigan Beautiful (KMB) – Hawk Woods Campground (2014)
The E. Dale Fisk Hawk Woods Campground renovations included the replacement of all six sleeping cabins, ranging in size from 6 person to 10 person, log cabin Lodge renovations, exterior electrical and pathway night lighting for safety, new fire pits, and landscaping.


Keep Michigan Beautiful (KMB) – River Art at River Woods Park (2016) Local beavers damaged five large trees along the Clinton River in River Woods Park, but rather than remove them, the City hired a tree carving artist who created a “River Life” theme of wood carvings that include wildlife found at the park (trout, snapping turtles, heron, and of course the culprit, a beaver).  This is now a popular stopping point along the trail for park visitors.


APWA Michigan Chapter – Project of the Year, >$1mil – Clinton River Trail (2017) In partnership and cooperation with the City of Rochester, City of Rochester Hills, Oakland County Planning, and the Friends of the Clinton River Trail – this project involved the addition of new trail amenities throughout the three-city stretch of trail like shelters, benches, interpretive signs, road crossing monuments, and more, all designed to create a consistent “Look & Feel” while using the trail, while still featuring and highlighting the different aspects of each community along the way.