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Royal Oak Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Community Smart Park

Royal Oak Smart ParkThe Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the City of Royal Oak today announced a new crowdfunding campaign through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. The campaign will support the construction of an environmentally-friendly ‘smart’ park on Center Street in downtown Royal Oak.  

If the Royal Oak Smart Park attains its crowdfunding goal of $60,000 by June 16, MEDC will provide a $60,000 matching grant. For project details and to donate, please visit:

“The Royal Oak Smart Park really exemplifies what Public Spaces Community Places is all about—the community banding together to transform an underutilized plaza into an unique and engaging destination,” said MEDC Community Development Director Katharine...

May 5, 2015 Election Results

Election results

Police Catch Marriage Proposal On Tape

Marrraige Proposa;On April 17, 2013, a young man was pulled over by a Royal Oak Police officer while on his first date with a young woman.

Two years later to the day, he asked the ROPD for help with his marriage proposal to that very same young woman.

Royal Oak police were happy to accommodate him.

Watch the video.

2014 Annual Police Report: Crime in Royal Oak at All Time Low

ROPD 2014 Annual ReportA 4.3 percent reduction in serious crimes is one of many accomplishments outlined in the 2014 Royal Oak Police Department Annual Report.

Part A Crimes, which involve force or threat of force, such as assault, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses and burglary, have dropped more than 25 percent in the last four years.

"Royal Oak had fewer home invasions, fewer vehicles stolen and fewer assaults than at any other time on record," said Chief Corrigan O'Donohue. "We had 10 robberies in 2014, which is up one from our all time low in 2011."

The 47-page report includes a variety of crime statistics, operational data, photos and videos, including K-9 Ryker in action.


Royal Oak Implements Plan for Road Millage Funds

Less than six months after voters approved a 10-year 2.5 mill road tax, the Royal Oak Community Development Department will begin a series of projects this spring to be financed by the millage.

Moving forward, roughly $5 million of millage funds will be spent throughout the city this year as part of an overall plan to maintain, repair and reconstruct local streets, roadways and right-of-ways.

The following is a list projects the engineering division has scheduled for the 2015 construction season:

Millage Concrete Street Repair Projects

Total estimated cost: $1.26 million

  • Amelia St. from N. Main St. to Bellevue Ave.
  • Bauman Ave. from Rochester Rd. to Campbell Rd.
  • Donald Ave. from Rochester Rd. to Campbell Rd.
  • E. Sunnybrook Dr. from N. Alexander Ave. to N. Blair Ave.
  • E. Windemere Ave. from N. Alexander Ave. to Campbell Rd.
  • Englewood Ave. from N. Main St. to Rochester Rd....

Upcoming Events

Oak Apple Run

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 6:00am - 12:00pm

The 38th Oak Apple Run event in downtown Royal Oak will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Gather your family, friends and/or coworkers and spend some time having fun getting fit. Whether it's the 10K, 5K, 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk, or the 1/4 Mile Kids Run, there's an event for you!

For online registration, entry forms, teams, sponsorship, volunteering and more, visit the official race headquarters at:

Stampede Scleroderma

Event - Date & Time: 
Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 8:30am - 12:00pm

Join us on June 7, 2015 in the Stampede on Scleroderma by participating in the Walk/5k/10k Run, at the Detroit Zoo. Last year’s event had more than 800 participants, and we’re hoping to make the herd even bigger in 2015. Registration is open, so sign up today! Your registration includes all-day admission to the zoo-bring your family and friends and make a day of it. The ultimate goal of all our fundraising events is a cure for scleroderma. But we’ve decided to add a few more incentives along the way for our Stampede Scleroderma participants.Read more »

Food Truck Rally!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

It's another Food Truck Rally! On Wednesday, June 10th, from 5-9pm, a gathering of Metro Detroit's finest food trucks will be setting up inside the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Bring the whole family for a great variety of affordable food and wonderful music! This event is brought to you by the Michigan Mobile Food Vendors Association (MMFVA).

Clay Glass and Metal Show

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Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 10:00am - Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 5:00pm

The 21st Annual Clay, Glass & Metal Show is one of the jewels of Royal Oak taking place Saturday, June 13 from 10am-7pm and Sunday, June 14 from 11am-5pm on 4th Street in downtown Royal Oak. One of the country's top art shows, the event features 125+ of the finest artists in clay, glass and metal work, who are selected by a jury process. The event also includes demonstrations and some specialty food choices. Contact for additional information.

An Evening with Abe and Mary Lincoln

Event - Date & Time: 
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

An Evening with Abe and Mary Lincoln

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Royal Oak Public Library
222 E. Eleven Mile Road

 Join us for An Evening with Abe and Mary Lincoln as the Royal Oak Public Library celebrates Civil War Week.  Fred and Bonnie Priebe will present this historically authentic reenactment of Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary, as they share their story about courtship and marriage.  This program is for ages 7 and up and is funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Culture and the Michigan Humanities Council.Read more »

Summer Stroll for Epilepsy(tm)

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Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 7:30am - 11:15am

The Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan is proud to announce its annual Summer Stroll for Epilepsy(tm) - Detroit Zoo taking place on June 27, 2015! The Summer Stroll for Epilepsy(tm) is an inspirational morning walk that gathers individuals from all across Michigan to encourage widespread epilepsy awareness and fundraising for the many programs and services offered by the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. Registration begins at 8:30am and the walk commences at 9:30am.Read more »

Food Truck Rally!

Event - Date & Time: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

It's another Food Truck Rally! On Wednesday, July 8th, from 5-9pm, a gathering of Metro Detroit's finest food trucks will be setting up inside the Royal Oak Farmers Market. Bring the whole family for a great variety of affordable food and wonderful music! This event is brought to you by the Michigan Mobile Food Vendors Association (MMFVA).

Outdoor Art Fair

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Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 10:00am - Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 5:00pm

The 45th Annual Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair will be held at Memorial Park (Corner of Woodward Avenue & 13 Mile Road) on Saturday, July 11, 10am - 6:00pm & Sunday, July 12, 10am - 5:00pm. Juried artists will be selling original art work for your home, office, or as a gift.  An exciting variety of art offered by these juried artists include ceramics, painting/prints, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, sculpture, wood, glass, leather, and mixed media.  A variety of food items will be available.Read more »

Woodward Dream Cruise

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 8:00am - 9:00pm

The Annual Woodward Dream Cruise will be in Royal Oak on Saturday, August 15. The event attracts thousands of classic cars, hot rods, custom, collector, and many other vehicles to the nostalgic cruising lanes of Woodward Avenue. Visit the official "newly designed" Dream Cruise website at for more information.Read more »

Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes

Event - Date & Time: 
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 8:00am - 11:00am

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is the signature fundraising walk of the American Diabetes Association. Step Out has been taking place for more than 20 years and has raised more than $175,000,000 to Stop Diabetes! Join the Walk today! Registration starts at 8am and the walk will begin at 9:15am on September 12, 2015! All participants who are 2 years and older must raise at least $25 to enter the zoo!

Event Location and Address: Detroit Zoo, 8450 West 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067 Read more »

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