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Ben Toth, not quite 7, was digging the beach at Green’s Park and digging his first day off of school. Photos by Megan Collier (click for larger version)
June 16, 2010 - Sure, Green's Park is good for watching Fourth of July fireworks.

But what about swimming in Lake Orion in the park's weed-free, sandy and lifeguarded beach?

Or hitting up its volleyball and basketball courts?

Or taking advantage of its fully-plumbed public bathrooms and fenced-in lawn, playground and picnic areas?

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Many people don't know Green's Park offers these things, says Village Councilmember Mike Toth, who also serves on the Parks and Recreation Committee. But they should.

"It's a nice, gated park that's not open to just anyone. It's a nice swimming area with a nice dock. It's a nice green space on the lake which makes the lake accessible to anybody. There aren't that many places on the lake that are available to the public to come and sit and play. It's got probably the best beach on the lake," said Toth.

He says village residents "just can't beat" the $1 park fee that gains them access for the entire year, adding that $50 for township residents for a year-long pass "is still a steal."

Green's Park's two acres is located off of M-24, just south of Flint Street, and has about 560 feet of lake frontage, according to the village's Website.

As of May 31, all of the park's services are officially open for business. The following information on the park is also available on the village's Website, www.lakeorion.org.

Pre-season

·No pass required before the third Saturday in April through the Thursday before Memorial Day

·Swimming beach closed; no lifeguards; hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

·Buildings closed; portable toilet available

 Regular season

·Pass required Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day

·Beach open, weather permitting; lifeguards on duty

·Hours on school days 3 to 8 p.m.; all other days 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Post-season

·No pass required  beginning the day after Labor Day through the third Sunday of October

·Swimming beach closed; no lifeguards; hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

·Buildings closed; portable toilet available

Reporter, Lake Orion Review
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