The park is open 7 days a week, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Winter Hours (October 16-April 14)
The park is open Friday - Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. It is closed Wednesday and Thursday.
There is no admission fee to enter the park. However, during special events you may be asked to give a donation at the gate.
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.
One Hayride (Wagon seats approximately 25 individuals)
You may bring your own snacks, beverages, birthday cakes, etc.
$125, $155 for non-residents
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. or 3:00-6:00 p.m.
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.
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. As a citizen farmer, participants will be renting 10' x 10' foot plots of land within the Hess-Hathaway Park. Participants may rent as many plots as space allows. All efforts will be made for citizen farmers to retain plots from year to year, if desired.
A one-time, $10, lifetime membership fee and annual $20 plot fee for Waterford residents ($35 plot fee for White Lake residents) will be charged payable to Waterford Parks and Recreation and subject to review yearly. Returning citizen farmers will have until March 15th to reserve their plot from the previous year. All fees are for the benefit of the Waterford Parks and Recreation Department and Hess-Hathaway Park. Upon payment citizen farmers will be provided a badge and access to leased plots. Upon expiration or termination of a citizen farmer’s participation in the program, all keys and program identification badges shall be returned to Hess-Hathaway Park.
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.
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
We strive to honor Myrtle Hess and her family by making the park a great place to visit.