Innovation Hills Construction Status

Rochester Hills Announces $50,000 Campaign for Innovation Hills
City Partners with MEDC to Build City’s First Inclusive Playground

For the first time, Rochester Hills has partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to launch a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign. The money will be used to complete the city’s newest playground at Innovation Hills Park. If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by May 31, the project will win a matching grant, making the grand total raised $100,000. 

The new three acre playground is intentionally designed to inspire a love of nature and be accessible for everyone in a completely extraordinary way. Children will be able to go inside a large Bebb Oak Treehouse or run their fingers through a flowing splash river that mimics the path of the Clinton River.  What guests will see, hear, and touch has all been designed to provide a positive experience for children of all ages and abilities.

The inclusion of children and adults with disabilities within the community has been a goal of the playground from its conception. “Creating opportunities for engagement provides significant benefits, not just for the individual who has a disability, but for the entire community,” states Jenny Brown, CEO of Dutton Farm. “We applaud Rochester Hills for creating a play feature system that can be a fun, safe, and secure experience for all of our families.”

With families seeking fun outdoor spaces to take their children to, this playground could not come at a better time. After completion of the campaign, the playground is expected to be completed and ready for kids to explore this summer. 

“Our community's passion to be innovative by nature is one of the reasons Rochester Hills is a great place to live and it is imperative that we pass that passion along to our children,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “Characterized as “A Park for a New Generation,” we are excited to share this opportunity for everyone to support this truly one of a kind playground”.

How to Participate:
Families, businesses, community members and others can support the playground by visiting The donation portal will open on Thursday, April 1 at 8:00 a.m. and close on Monday, May 31 at midnight. 

Those who prefer to make a contribution offline by cash or check, please make checks payable to the “Community Foundation of Greater Rochester” and drop off or mail to: Mayor’s Office, City of Rochester Hills, 1000 Rochester Hills Drive, Rochester Hills, MI  48309

Many exciting developments will be occurring in the upcoming months and years. Bookmark this page for construction status and how it may affect your regular visits to the park. Schedules are subject to change so check back often.

1ND Innovation Hills Conceptual Recreation Entrance cropped

Status of Park: Park is open while construction is occurring. Select areas will be closed for ongoing construction. Construction updates will occur at the beginning of the month.

We are sad to have to take down any trees in the development of this playground, but to build the region's most unique playground it was necessary.  We are 100% committed to saving as many trees as possible and replanting almost triple the trees we needed to remove. We are removing 67 trees and replacing them with 167 trees and adding 1,000 plantings of shrubs, grasses and flowers to the area.

Summer/Fall 2020
  • Build new Ranger Shack
  • Start construction of unique nature focused, universal design playground
  • Install first shelter area
  • Install universal design kayak landing
  • Additional plantings around ponds
Concepts and Construction Plans
Strategic Framework Plan (Final Draft)
Playground site plan
Boardwalk site plan

Thanks for your interest. Be a part of the community building this park! Contribute now.

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