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Royal Oak Community Ice Rink Opens Downtown

Jeff Derringer and Lee CollickThe Royal Oak Community Ice Rink, located at Troy and Third next to the Royal Oak Police Department, is open to the public - and it's free! Frosty conditions have made it possible for Department of Public Service employees, Lee Collick and Jeff Derringer, to build the rink and prepare the ice for skating.Read more »

Stay Warm, Royal Oak!

City HallBrutal temperatures can be a struggle for the most vulnerable members of our community. As always, the Mahany/Meininger Senior Community Center and the Royal Oak Public Library open their doors to anyone in need of a climate-controlled building.Read more »

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 ProjectsRead more »

State-Wide Road Funding Ballot Proposal Goes Before Voters on May 5

A May 5 statewide ballot proposal will ask Michigan voters to approve a 1 cent sales tax increase to help fund the state’s roads and schools. If Proposal 1 passes, it will increase the 6 percent state sales tax to 7 percent, while dropping the sales tax on fuel.Read more »

City Pilots Mobile Payment Solution in Downtown Royal Oak

Residents, businesses and visitors can now conduct their parking transactions by mobile phone in the off-street parking lot located at Fifth and Center Streets (Lot P3), thanks to Parkmobile.Read more »

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join us for Royal Oak's 33rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 4. The ceremony includes caroling by Stagecrafters, music by the Royal Oak Salvation Army Band and the Royal Oak Children's Choir. Song sheets will be provided by the Daily Tribune. Come join us for a great evening of refreshments, caroling, lighting of the Tree, and don't forget a special visit from SANTA! This event will be taking place outside the Farmers Market! Read more »

City Joins Energy Office

The City of Royal Oak officially became the 23rd member of the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office (Energy Office) earlier this month, with a unanimous vote of the City Commission. The Energy Office is a coalition of nonprofits and communities that work to help local governments reduce their energy use and save money for their citizens through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.Read more »

Woodward 5 Sustainability Oct 11 Public Forum

Woodward 5 Communities - Live Life Here.

Residents and business owners of the Woodward 5 Communities are invited to attend this public forum. Your hometowns want to hear from you!Read more »

ROPD Crime Mapping Tool

The Royal Oak Police Department is pleased to announce a new crime mapping tool that is now accessible to all members of the public. The crime mapping website, www.crimemapping.com, will display the crime type, location, date and time of occurrence of all crime reports, excluding sex offenses, taken by the Royal Oak Police Department.Read more »

Safe Biking in Royal Oak

Sharrow ImageDrivers on Catalpa may have noticed these symbols painted on the ground as part of the recent paving improvements. These are Shared Roadway Bicycle Markings (SHARROWS) which are intended to alert other road users to expect bicyclists to occupy travel lanes, to help bicyclists position themselves away from parked cars and avoid being struck by suddenly opened car doors.Read more »

Detroit Zoo Summer Events

Royal Oak Chosen for DIA Inside|Out Program

June - September

Six masterpieces from the DIA’s collection are coming to Royal Oak this summer.  Read more »

Police Officers agree to pay cuts and other concessions

The 55 member Royal Oak Police Officers’ Association last Friday ratified a contract which includes pay cuts, reductions in health care benefits, increased employee contributions for pensions and health care and other concessions.   The City Commission voted unanimously on Monday to approve the two year agreement which will run from 7/1/2011 through 6/30/2013.Read more »

Detectives and Command Officers agree to pay cuts and more

A pay cut, health care changes, mirroring of prescription drug benefits in retirement and an increase in employee pension contributions are some of the concessions agreed to by the Royal Oak Detectives and Royal Oak Police Command Officers Associations.

The City Commission voted unanimously on Monday to approve both tentative agreements for the two year period of July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.  The unions voted to ratify their agreements on May 7.Read more »

Safe Neighborhoods Community Dialogue

Join Fox 2 Anchor & Reporter Ron Savage as he moderates the first annual Royal Oak Safe Neighborhoods Community Dialogue on Wednesday, June 27 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This is event is hosted at the Royal Oak Middle School Auditorium, 709 N. Washington Ave and is presented by the Royal Oak Crime Prevention Council, the City of Royal Oak, and the Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools. Anyone who lives and/or works in Royal Oak, homeowners, condo and apartment dwellers, business owners, employees, should attend this event.Read more »

Cupcake Wars’ Winner!!!

Michelle Brown and Yolanda Baston taste sweet success as winners of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network.   The owners of Taste Love Cupcakes, 304 S.Read more »

Royal Oak Parks: Lawn Season Comes Early

Spring has blossomed early in the City of Royal Oak and the grass in our lovely parks is coming up fast. The Department of Public Service wishes to inform residents that those charged with maintaining these park landscapes are mostly college students working their way through school as part-time summer staff. They are not available for lawn cutting until May, as most are still in school until then.Read more »

Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership Open House

Woodward 5 Communities - Live Life Here.


The Woodward 5 Sustainability Partnership Online Survey is over! Thank you for your interest!


Residents and business owners of the Woodward 5 Communities are invited to attend this public forum. Your hometowns want to hear from you!Read more »

Fire Employees Agree To Pay Cut And More

A pay cut, health care changes, mirroring of prescription drug benefits in retirement and an increase in employee pension contribution are some of the concessions agreed to by the Royal Oak Professional Firefighters Local #431.   

The City Commission on Monday approved the tentative agreement for the two year period of July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.  The union voted overwhelming to ratify the agreement on February 29, becoming the City’s first public safety group to join all general employee groups in giving real concessions.Read more »

DMC Presents Project to DDA

A new DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center Project was presented to the Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority at Wednesday's standing room only board meeting. The DDA approved the first step in the project to proceed with a sale of the land located at the City's I-696 corridor.Read more »

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