Hess-Hathaway Park Events & Rental Information

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Summer Hours (April 15-October 15)

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.

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The following are available to rent at Hess-Hathaway Park:
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No pets allowed
  1. Birthday Packages
  2. Group Activities
  3. Adopt an Animal
  4. Community Garden

Birthday Party Packages

Standard Package includes:

  • Gazebo for 3 hours (Gazebo seats 32)
  • Guided Animal Tour
  • One Hayride (Wagon seats approximately 25)
  • May-October 15th

Upgraded Package includes:

  •  Community Building for 3 hours (seating for 32)
  • Guided Animal Tour
  • One Hayride (Wagon seats approximately 25)
  • May, July-October 15th
You may bring your own snacks, beverages, birthday cakes, etc.

  • Standard Package $125, $155 for non-residents
  • Upgraded Package $250, $280 for non-residents
  • 11:00am - 2:00pm or 3:00 - 6:00pm

Cancellation Policy

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. 

Park History
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.