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Departments > Parks and Recreation > Parks & Rental Information > Hess-Hathaway Park Events and Rental Information

Parks and Recreation

Parks & Rental Information

Hess-Hathaway Park Events and Rental Information

825 S. Williams Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48327

There is no charge to enter the park. 

Hours of Operation: 
Summer Hours- April 15 - October 14
10:00am - 8:00pm, Park will be open 7 days a week
Winter Hours - October 15 - April 14
10:00am - 4:00pm, Park will be closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays

Park History
Hayride at Hess-Hathaway
Hayride at Hess-Hathaway

In 1985 Mrs. Myrtle Hess, owner of the Lone Cedar Farm, bequeathed her farm land property to Waterford Township. The property was to be used for the citizens. A place where people could visit and enjoy the outdoors.

Mrs. Hess loved the outdoors and, a farmer herself, enjoyed raising prize winning dairy cattle and sheep. Lone Cedar Farm now Hess-Hathaway Park, was named after Myrtle Hess and her family. The park is now operated by Waterford Township Parks and Recreation Department.

The All Kids Playground was added in 2002 through donations from the National Council of Jewish Women of Greater Detroit. The playground is accessible for ALL abilities and it makes the Park a perfect destination for a combination of farm animals and fun for the whole family.  In 2013 a climbing boulder and drinking fountain were added.

We strive  to honor Myrtle Hess and her family by making the park a great place to visit. Our birthday party packages feature animals tours and a hayride, as well as the use of the park gazebo.

Activities at the park include:
All Kids Playground, USDA Animal Farm Exhibit, Lone Cedar Historical House, Softball Field, Sand Volleyball Courts, Walking/Hiking Trails, 4 Horseshoes Pits, Cross Country Skiing Trails (trails are not groomed).
PDF Icon 2015 Hess-Hathaway Park Brochure

PDF Icon 2015 Sheep Shearing Event

Community Garden Project
The Citizens Farm Project seeks to educate our residents and encourage healthy local organic growing with little or none of the carbon emissions commercial farming can produce. A one-time $10 lifetime membership fee and $15 for a 10' x 10' plot of land within the Hess-Hathaway Park.  New members must be Waterford residents.
PDF Icon Additional Information and Application

Rental Information - 2015
All rentals must be scheduled at least 10 days in advance.  To secure your date you must pay the rental fee along with the damage deposit fee.  To reserve a park pavilion, park gazebo, Community Building, guided animal tour or hayride contact the main Waterford Parks and Recreation office at (248) 674-5441.

Picnic Pavilion I  
Seats 160: 16-20 picnic tables
Rental Fee: $200.00 - all day rental - 10:00am - 8:00pm
Damage Deposit: $50.00 - refunded after if there is no damage to structure
Non-Resident Fee:  An additional $28.00

Picnic Pavilion II  
Seats 75: 10 picnic tables
Rental Fee: $125.00 - all day rental - 10:00am - 8:00pm
Damage Deposit: $50.00 - refunded if there is no damage to structure
Non-Resident Fee: An additional $28.00

Park Gazebo  
Seats 35: 4 picnic tables
Rental Fee: $65.00 - minimum of 2 hours
Additional Hours: $25.00 per each additional hour
Damage Deposit: $50.00 - refunded if there is no damage to structure
Non-Resident Fee: An additional $10.00

Community Building
Seats 120: 10 - 12 round tables
Rental Fee: $345.00 for 6 hours
(rental must end no later than Midnight)
Additional Hours: $50.00 per each additional hour
Damage Deposit:
*$200.00 without alcohol 
*$350.00 with alcohol - Insurance is required naming Waterford Township as insured - for additional information please call 248-674-5441
*Refunded after rental if there is no damage to building
Non-Resident Fee: An additional $28.00
Cancellation Policy for Picnic Pavilion I & II, Park Gazebo and Community Building:  Your entire rental fee will be forfeited if you cancel within 60 days of your rental.  Fifty (50%) will be forfeited if you cancel 61–119 days of your rental.  You will receive a full refund if you cancel 120 or more days before your rental date less a $5 administrative fee.
Children's Birthday Party Packages
Birthday Party Package includes: Gazebo for 3 hours, guided animal tour and hayride.
Cost: $80.00 for 15 children - Includes Gazebo  
Each additional child is $10.00 - No charge for adults  
Non-Resident Fee: Add an additional $10.00 to total
Hours for Parties: 10:30AM - 1:30PM  or  2:00PM - 5:00PM  
You may bring snacks, beverages, birthday cake etc.
Cancellation Policy for Birthday Party Packages:  If you need to cancel due to inclement weather please call the park directly at (248) 360-3814 at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled rental time.  You will be responsible to contact the main office to reschedule.  If a rescheduled date is unable to be schedule you will receive a refund minus a $5 administrative fee. 
Group Activities for Schools, Churches and Scouts: 
(by appointment only
**Lone Cedar Historical Farm House Tour Minimum of $30.00 per tour $4.00 per child
**Guided Animal Visit / Tour Minimum of $30.00 per tour $4.00 per person
(approximately 25 people per wagon)
Minimum of $50.00 per wagon $4.00 per person
Campfire $15.00 if scheduled with a hayride $30.00 campfire only
Children's groups require chaperone 1:10

Animal Sponsorships include the following:
  • Cost of feeding the animal for designated time (6 months or 1 year)
  • Name plate with sponsor name displayed on a plaque in the farm area
  • Recognition on our website
  • 5"x7" photo of sponsored animal and certificate
 PDF Icon Animal Sponsorship Form and Additional Information
Waterford Parks and Recreation would like to thank the following people for their animal sponsorships:
Julie Borwn
Donna Kasavage
Hanah Newsum
Darin & Kathy Stahl
Matthew Young
Sarah Young

Park Rules
No Hunting
No Camping
No Pets
No All-Terrain Vehicles
No Alcohol
No Campfires, Hayrides or Animal Tours without prior arrangement