Pontiac, MI - Oakland County’s 200th birthday is March 28 and the county has partnered with the Detroit Zoo for a special celebration admission rate of $10 for county residents – a $9 savings off the regular same-day ticket price.
Residents – 2,020 of them – will be able to enjoy the zoo for the day at the discounted rate, simply by taking a fun, interactive quiz at Oakland200.com and answering a few questions about Oakland County’s history. (HINT: A true-false question asks whether Oakland County Government was formed before Michigan was granted statehood in 1837. If this is Oakland County’s 200th birthday and you subtract 200 from 2020… you get the idea.)
“This is the first of many events that will be held to celebrate our bicentennial and our fascinating history,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “Oakland County evolved from an agricultural producer to a global leader in automotive manufacturing to a center of research and development, business and international investment. We celebrate our history as we eagerly await the promise and wonder of our next 200 years.”
To get the discount, residents (age 18 and over) are asked to take the six-question quiz. Once completed, follow the instructions to access a special registration page where the voucher for discounted tickets (limit five per resident) will be revealed. Those who present the printed voucher at the zoo – and have proof of Oakland County residency – will be admitted for $10. Residents must present the printed voucher for the discounted admission.
On July 18, Southfield Parks and Recreation, Oakland County Parks and Recreation and Oak Park Recreation presents Rhythm & Rhymes, a free outdoor music festival on the front lawn of the Southfield Municipal Complex.
As part of the bicentennial celebration, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners has authorized the purchase of 20,000 oak seedlings for planting. They will be distributed to schools and communities throughout the county. The board is also funding the purchase of an oak sapling
and a commemorative plaque for each of the county’s 62 cities, villages and townships. A complete list of bicentennial activities is found at Oakland200.com.
Oakland County will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services where necessary to afford persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of, county programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language
interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing or vision impairments.