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Washtenaw County Pavilions & Shelters

Renting a Pavilion with Washtenaw County Parks:

Pavilions are for use on a rental basis only. Pavilion Applications can be downloaded or mailed upon request.  Pavilions are rented on a first come first served basis, and can not be reserved without a completed application and full payment of rental fees (cash/credit).
Numerous picnic tables and grills are located around the general park for drop-in picnicking.
Rental applications are accepted October 1 for the following year. In-person applications will be accepted the first business day in October at 8:30am at the respective park office.

Application Process
1.  Fill out a pavilion application and  submit completed form in any of the following ways:



Online Reservations
Pavilion Application

Independence Lake County Park        

3220 Jennings Road
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

Fax: 734-449-8507

Pavilion Application

Rolling Hills County Park

7660 Stony Creek Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Fax: 734-484-9676 

 2.  If needed, an Alcohol Permit (beer and wine only) is available upon request for no additional charge and must be completed in advance. 
3.  An email confirmation will be sent to you confirming your rental date.  If your requested date has already been reserved, we will call you immediately to find an alternative shelter or date.

**Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be submitted in writing, and refunds will only be issued if the space is reserved by another party, minus a $10 processing fee.

 

PAVILION/FACILITY LOCATION  CAPACITY WEEKDAY
FEE
WEEKEND/
HOLIDAY FEE
LOCATION & FEATURES
Independence Woods
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Independence Lake County Park
(Whitmore Lake)

90

$80.00

$100.00

• Located on the western edge of the park
• Very secluded in wooded area
• Great view of the lake
• Very close to beach center
• Group-size barbeque grill
• No electricity or running water

Meadow's Edge
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Independence Lake County Park
(Whitmore Lake)

90

$80.00

$100.00

• Located on a bluff overlooking the lake a large playground
• Group-size barbeque grill
• No electricity or running water
Beach Center
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Independence Lake County Park
(Whitmore Lake)

120

$120.00

$150.00

• Located at the center of many park activities
• Marvelous view of the lake
• Short walk to swimming area 
• Group-size barbeque grill
• Electricity
• Next to first aid station and modern facilities

Meeting Room (Indoor)
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Independence Lake County Park
(Whitmore Lake)

35-40

$100.00

$100.00

• Ideal for small gatherings and birthday parties
• The room contains a large screen for presentations, meetings and office retreats
• Great views of the lake and surrounding wooded area.
Maple or Willow
 Independence Lake County Park
(Whitmore Lake)
 30  $30.00  $40.00 • Located in Blue Heron Bay
• Direct view of spray pad area
• Ideal for small gatherings
Maple/Willow (Rented together)
 Independence Lake County Park
(Whitmore Lake)
 60 $50.00  $80.00 • Combined to accommodate more people
• Direct view of spray pad area
Oak or Hickory
 Independence Lake County Park
(Whitmore Lake)
 60  $40.00  $70.00 • Located in Blue Heron Bay
• Larger area to accommodate larger groups
Oak/Hickory (Rented together)
 Independence Lake County Park
(Whitmore Lake)
 120  $80.00  $100.00 • Combined to accommodate more people
Gamble Group Center
 Independence Lake County Park
(Whitmore Lake)
 180 $130.00   $180.00 • Oak, Hickory, Maple, and Willow combined to accommodate more people
Blue Heron Bay (BHB) Picnic Area
 Independence Lake County Park
(Whitmore Lake)
 20 $20.00  $25.00  • Located next to the Blue Heron Bay, inside the General Park
• Direct view of Blue Heron Bay
• Ideal for small gatherings & picnics
• Is available for a $10.00 discount when rented with another pavilion
• Discount only available through paper registration
Prairie
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Rolling Hills County Park
(Ypsilanti)
200 $145.00 $200.00  • Group size picnic grill 
• Located adjacent to large parking area
• Very near water park, horseshoe pits, mowed playfield and permanent restrooms
Sunshine
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Rolling Hills County Park
(Ypsilanti)
80 $80.00 $100.00 • Group size picnic grill 
• Located adjacent to large parking area
• Very near playground, sand volleyball court, mowed playfield and permanent restrooms
Woodlands
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Rolling Hills County Park
(Ypsilanti)
80 $80.00 $100.00  • Located on edge of wood lot overlooking pond
• Offers the most privacy of all pavilions
• Group size picnic grill
• Only a few steps on a paved trail from parking lot
Great Room
(Indoor)
*Restrooms remain available to the public at
all times.
**Not available for rent during winter months.
Rolling Hills County Park
(Ypsilanti)
36 (Indoor)
32 (Patio) 
$125.00 $125.00  • Air-conditioned, indoor meeting space
• Variable seating for 30 guests
• Vaulted ceiling, gas fireplace and scenic views
• In warm weather rental includes outdoor patio and grill
• Permanent restrooms
Family Unit
Unit A
Unit B
Rolling Hills County Park
(Ypsilanti)
12 $25.00 $25.00 • Picnic grill and 1 picnic table
• 2 units available near Prairie Pavilion - a few steps from the parking lot and water park
Pavilion or
Mill Building
(Sharon Twp) 
   Starting at $100.00  Starting at $100.00 Contact Food Art Catered Affairs, Inc. at 734-222-9098
Pavilion
(Chelsea)
150   $250.00  $250.00 • Available for golf outings only during summer season
• Other events subject to season availability
Pavilion
 Cavanaugh Lake
 
 -  -  - • Available on a first come, first served basis
• May not be rented
Pavilion
   (Platt Road Entrance)
Pavilion 
   (Medford Road Entrance)
 County Farm Park
(Ann Arbor)
 -  -  - • Available on a first come, first served basis
• May not be rented
Pavilion  Park Northfield
(Northfield Twp)
 -  -  -
Pavilion
 Park Lyndon
(Lyndon Twp)
 -  -  - • Picnic grill 
• Available on a first come, first served basis
• May not be rented

 General Rules Regarding Pavilions:

All Pavilions • During emergency weather conditions, the pavilions may be used as shelter for other patrons in the park.
• Driving to the pavilions to load or unload is allowed within reason and with permission of the park manager.  
• There is no parking at the pavilions.
• Vehicle entry fee is not included in pavilion rental at Independence Lake and Rolling Hills.
• Pets are not allowed at the pavilions.
• Alcohol is ONLY allowed at the pavilion with an Alcohol Permit (pdf).
• Parking space is not guaranteed with pavilion rental.

For further information and complete list of rules, please refer to each park's pavilion application.
Independence Lake • Driving to the pavilions/Meeting Room to load or unload is allowed within reason (limit 2 vehicles) with prior permission (permit) of the park manager. Access to pavilions/Meeting Room is allowed ONLY before 12pm and after 5pm. Speed limit on Access Path is 5 mph. Access gates will be locked from 12pm-5pm.
• For all Blue Heron Bay pavilion rentals:
     - Admission into the spray park is not included in pavilion rental.
     - No outside food or beverages are permitted in the spray park. Food and beverages can be purchased at the concessions stand. 
Rolling Hills • With the exception of the Great Room at the Lodge, the pavilions at Rolling Hills do not have running water or electricity.

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