Waterworks Park Storage Area Removal Project

The Waterworks Park storage area originally contained the community's wells, pumps, and offices for the city's water department. Later, it was designated as a location for materials storage and project staging.

In response to resident concerns about the aesthetic impact in the surrounding neighborhood, the storage area located within Water Works Park will be permanently deconstructed. The Department of Public Services will facilitate this work on a timeline that accounts for and respects the time and staff effort required to complete it, its position relative to other long-stated city/department goals and projects, as well as consideration to the budgeting process.

As indicated at the January 10, 2022 meeting of the city commission, this work may take up to but no longer than 2 years to fully complete.

Tasks for this work includes, among others: exploring and costing alternative storage options, removing and relocating stored items, disposing of others, conducting an underground survey to identify abandoned well heads, removing the existing pavement, deconstructing the fence, applying fill material, and restoring to grass.

This page will provide periodic updates on the project's status. The City of Royal Oak has committed to this improvement - in the meantime your patience is appreciated.

*UPDATE 4.21.2022*

Public services staff has identified an alternate location to store the remaining stock of recycling carts and will remove those from the Waterworks Park storage area by no later than May 20, after the ongoing refuse and recycling cart sale is completed. Seasonal planter boxes stored there over the winter will be reinstalled downtown in the coming weeks, and as festival items are removed for use over the course of the summer, they will not be returned to the park for storage - no new items will be added to the area moving forward.

UPDATE 1.31.2022

Since mid-December, 2021, DPS has performed the following tasks:

-raked fence line and removed debris

-collected loose trash inside of the fenced area

-re-secured loose screening

-inventoried refuse/recycle bins for upcoming sale

-removed large pine tree trunk

-disposed of 20 pallets

-removed large storage trailer

What's next:

-inventory and inspect metal planters and surplus trash receptacles in preparation for auction and/or disposal

-reduce stack height of existing recycle/refuse carts (note: this was attempted previously, but many of the recycling carts were frozen together)

-solicit bids for a DPS site utilization study

-solicit bids for alternative 2-story storage option to be constructed at DPS yard