Festival of the Hills Fireworks Summer Tradition Returns on August 11

Celebrating America and our Independence continues on Wednesday, August 11. With the State of Michigan now allowing the return to full capacity for all events, the City of Rochester Hills has announced that the Festival of the Hills fireworks show will be back and is now scheduled for August this year. “The Festival of the Hills has been a summer tradition for the region,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “After taking a hiatus last year, we’re excited to welcome our neighbors back to … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Rolls Out New Summer Programs

Outdoor events are in full swing in Rochester Hills. This July and August, the City’s Outdoor Engagement Team will offer several programs to get people outdoors, while providing opportunities to learn new skills along the way.  “These events are a great way to unwind, unplug, and reconnect to the natural world around us,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “Our team is excited to share their expertise with our neighbors in this fun way.” Whether you want to kayak, fish, or float, there’s … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills hosts ‘Play Ball’ a Free Major League Baseball Event

Mayor Bryan K. Barnett has partnered with Major League Baseball and the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA) to host a free Play Ball event. Boys and girls ages 6-14 will have the chance to enjoy a fun night learning new drills, sharpening their skills, and more.  “After a year of virtual experiences we’re excited to get our kids back on the field,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “We look forward to providing this fun opportunity to learn and love America’s pastime.” The Play … [Read more...]

Boardwalks at Innovation Hills Receive a New Sponsored Name

Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital (Crittenton Hospital) and the Ascension Providence Rochester Foundation have announced a major partnership with Innovation Hills Park in Rochester Hills. The boardwalks and selected trails in the park will become the “Ascension Providence Rochester Boardwalks at Innovation Hills.” Ascension Providence Rochester Announces Major Collaboration with the City of Rochester Hills for Innovation Hills Park Purchased by the city in 1991 using recreational … [Read more...]

New Camera Technology Sees through Smoke and Darkness

Fifty Thermal Imaging Cameras added to Rochester Hills Fire Department Fleet Captain Larry Gambatto, Fire Chief Sean Canto, Battalion Chief Rogers Claussen, and Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal Bill Cooke each hold the new TIC device. The Rochester Hills Fire Department purchased and received 50 new Thermal Imaging Cameras (TIC). Their team will be the first fire department in the world to receive this particular model.   These cameras allow firefighters to see through smoke or darkness … [Read more...]

Fun and Flexible Summer Jobs in Rochester Hills

The City of Rochester Hills is actively recruiting seasonal laborers, lifeguards, and park attendants for summer 2021.  For high school students looking to get their first job, working with the city allows individuals to be outdoors, gain valuable work experience, and make new friends.  “Whether you are keeping swimmers safe on Spencer Beach or helping to create a safe and enjoyable park-going experience at Borden, our seasonal team members are a key part of what makes … [Read more...]

Outdoor Engagement Events Kick off in Rochester Hills

The Rochester Hills Outdoor engagement team is gearing up for a full summer of scavenger hunts, survival skills, and s'mores. As the weather heats up, so does outdoor programming.  Kayaking in Rochester Hills “Kids, teens, and parents alike are looking for ways to create fun, summer memories,” said Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “There’s no better way to do this than at one of our amazing parks and green spaces.” The 2021 summer schedule includes outdoor classics like kayaking 101, … [Read more...]

Tips for a Deer Free Garden

With spring in the air, homeowners are getting their gardens and landscapes ready for a beautiful summer. Rochester Hills is home to a variety of wildlife including white tailed deer. As neighbors look to design their ideal yard, there are different actions residents can take to garden smart and deter deer. Deer Love the Backyard Buffet - Photo by Michael Dwyer Keeping your plants from becoming an appealing snack for animals takes a multi-faceted approach. This starts with planting species … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Youth Council Accepting New Applications

The City Of Rochester Hills recently announced that applications for the 2021-2022 Government Youth Council are now being accepted.  Rochester Hills Youth Council For over 17 years, young people in Rochester Hills have been sitting on the Council dais sharing their experiences and getting an up close look at local government. The 15 students on the youth council represent each City Council district and are currently in grades 9th - 12th.  “Youth Council has helped me better … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Rochester Hills to Build Inclusive Playground with Crowdfunding Campaign

For the first time, Rochester Hills has partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) 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.  Innovation Hills Park, Rochester Hills, MI The new three acre playground is intentionally designed to … [Read more...]