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Green Space
Sheldon and MeadIn September 2005, Rochester Hills residents passed a 0.3 mill 10-year millage to acquire and preserve natural green space in their community. The Rochester Hills City Council established the nine member Green Space Advisory Board (GSAB) for the purpose of developing strategies and making recommendations regarding the expenditure of millage funds to:
  • Permanently preserve natural green spaces, wildlife habitats and scenic views
  • Protect woodlands, wetlands, rivers and streams
  • Expand the Clinton River Greenway and other trail corridors

Removing Mustard GarlicAs the next phase of protecting our natural resources, Rochester Hills voters approved the November 2013 ballot proposal to revise the permissible use of tax revenues derived from the Green Space Millage to be used to fund the protection, care and maintenance of, and to improve pedestrian accessibility to and within, green spaces and natural features owned, acquired or controlled by the City, in addition to funding the purchase of land and interests in land.
Stewardship Long Term Management Plan
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Open Space Parcels
Once established, the GSAB identified, evaluated and prioritized parcels for potential preservation based on the natural features criteria. The top ranked properties were recommended to the City Council for consideration.

Property Nominations
Residents owning property shown on the Natural Features Inventory Map and wishing to nominate their property for green space acquisition should submit a Property Owner Nomination Form

Preserved Properties
Visit the Preserved Properties webpage to learn more about each property, as well as the Green Space Properties Map.

Second Saturday Green Space Hikes
Skill Level: Beginner
Age: All
Cost: Free, but registration is requested
When: Second Saturday of each month - June through October
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Please meet at City Hall in the visitor lot by 10:00 am and we will caravan to the properties

 Register Here

September 8th - Harding Green Space - Over 26 acres of land located between Harding Avenue and the Clinton River Trail east of Livernois, this Green Space is also accessible by the Clinton River Trail. This unique and beautiful property features water, scenic bluffs and preserved woodlands to explore. 

October 13th - 1380 Ruby Ave (west of Livernois) - Come back again for one more Green Space hike, to see how the restoration of this property has flourished over the summer, and enjoy some fall color as well!

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