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Snow Parking

Snow Emergency Regulations

When major snow events occur, the City of Ferndale may declare a snow emergency. During these times, normal parking regulations are temporarily suspended and parking on public streets is prohibited. To assist residents, the City has designated five free-parking snow lots/areas throughout the city.

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Location

The pool is located at 14300 Oak Park Blvd, just three miles from Ferndale's city center.


Hours

The Oak Park Pool is open from mid June through late August—this year, Saturday, June 15, through Saturday, August 24.

Public open swim:

  • Monday 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday 2 to 7 p.m.
  • Friday 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 to 6 p.m.

Note: the City of Oak Park Recreation Department reserves the right to close the pool due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

2019 Rates
Ferndale citizens receive the resident rate

Resident Open Swim Daily Fee

  • Ages 3 and Under: Free
  • Ages 4–54: $3
  • Ages 55+: $2

Non-Residents

  • Ages 3 and Under: Free
  • Ages 4–54: $5
  • Ages 55+: $4

Season Passes (Available at Pool Entrance)

Residents

  • Ages 4–54: $30
  • Ages 55+: $20

Non-Residents

  • Ages 4–54: $50
  • Ages 55+: $40

Water Safety Information

The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.

Lead and Your Public Drinking Water

Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.

PFAS and Your Public Drinking Water

Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.

PFAS Report: Southeast Ferndale

February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.

For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

FAQs

Safety Tips & Helpful Reminders

  • It is illegal to “reserve” cleared parking spaces—objects left in street parking areas/spaces will be removed.
  • Think safety: clear fire hydrants and street drains when removing snow on your driveway.
  • When digging out your car, think about how you pile snow—don’t create new problems in streets or on sidewalks. 
  • Keep your children and pets safe from plows—never allow them to play on or around roadside snow piles.
  • We understand the frustration when plows deposit snow around cars and at the bottom of driveways. Please remember that it’s not personal! The plow is designed to push snow, which makes it an unavoidable situation. 

Snow Emergency Handicapped Parking

Residents with state-issued handicap placards are exempt from snow emergency parking mandates and may park their vehicles on public streets during declared emergencies.

Snow Emergency Parking

When a snow emergency is declared, residents must immediately move vehicles from public streets. Failure to move vehicles may result in citations or towing.

During snow emergencies, the City provides designated snow emergency parking areas in each quadrant of the City:

When a snow emergency is declared, residents must immediately move vehicles from public streets. Failure to move vehicles may result in citations or towing.

  • West Breckenridge Parking Lot—Located just west of Woodward Ave. behind Treat Dreams/Citizens Bank
  • East Breckenridge Parking Lot—Located just east of Woodward Ave. behind The Fly Trap
  • Kulick Community Center—Located at 1201 Livernois Ave.
  • Martin Rd. Park lot
  • Harding Park Lot—Located on Mapledale Ave. at Wolcott St.

Parking in these lots is free during all snow emergencies, and beginning at 6:00 p.m. for overnight snow emergencies. 

Snow Emergency Parking Exemptions

If you are a City of Ferndale resident and you do not have a driveway*, you may be eligible for a snow emergency parking permit. This permit exempts residents from having to move their vehicles during a snow emergency.

Residential snow emergency parking permits are issued annually. There is a limit of two permits per household. Permit holders must park their vehicles at least 20 feet from the street corner, and as close to the curb as possible.

Snow emergency parking permit applications can be completed at the Ferndale Police Department, located at 310 E. Nine Mile. Applications must be verified, including a visual property inspection to make sure you qualify; please allow up to 48 hours for your application and permits to be processed.

*Driveway is as defined in 16-11 of the City’s Code of Ordinances: A paved passageway of a particular width primarily used by motor vehicles, over private property, extending from an alley, roadway, street, or highway to a lot or parcel of property to provide ingress and egress primarily for the occupants of the property.

What Constitutes a Snow Emergency?

A snow emergency is called when a weather event results in rapid or extreme accumulation of ice and/or snow. In a snow emergency, all vehicles must be moved from public streets to allow Department of Public Works (DPW) crews to remove snow/ice and clear roadways. Previously, snow emergencies were declared only in the case of snowfalls greater than four inches. The new policy (updated October 2015) states that snow emergencies will be declared by the City’s DPW Director when need arises, regardless of snowfall amounts. 

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