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Recreation opportunities are plentiful in the Rochester area, with beautiful recreation facilities; two trailway systems; the three beautiful water routes of Paint Creek, Stony Creek and the Clinton River; and several parks. Recently established in 2003, the 72,000-square-foot North Oakland Family YMCA in neighboring Auburn Hills is equipped with an extensive aquatic center, a gymnasium, track, studios for group fitness, a wellness center and much more. Another indoor facility is the Velodrome at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills, a one-eighth-mile wooden oval open to bikers of all ages and expertise levels.

For those seeking outdoor recreational activities, Rochester is packed with trails and parks, allowing for a variety of leisure activities. The area’s two trailway systems, the 8.9-mile Paint Creek Trail and the 12-mile Clinton River Trail, offer winding trails for biking, jogging, walking, skating and even cross-country skiing in the winter months.

The Rochester Parks Department maintains several parks for both active and passive activity in Rochester and its surrounding communities. The largest parks in the area are the Stony Creek Metropark and the Rochester Municipal Park. The 4,461-acre Stony Creek Metropark encompasses the 500-acre Stony Creek Lake, ideal for boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and is equipped with a nature center, a 6.2-mile hike-bike trail, picnic areas, two golf courses and much more. Rochester Municipal Park, consisting of 30 acres, provides a site along Paint Creek that includes two tot lots, volleyball and tennis courts, picnic areas, a walking path and winter ice skating. Additional parks in and around Rochester include Scott Street Park, Halbach Field, Memorial Grove, Howlett Park, Elizabeth Park, Borden Park, Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve and the newest addition of the Rochester Lion’s Park.

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