Oak Park is a city located in Oakland County, Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 29,793.
The film 8 Mile is named after a road that is the northern border of the city of Detroit, Michigan. Oak Park is one of the cities bordering Detroit along that road.
Oak Park officially became a city on October 30, 1945 when the state of Michigan accepted the city charter. Planned subdivisions developments in the late 1950s resulted in Oak Park being named "America's Fastest Growing City" at one point. Major civic improvments in the late '50s included the addition of an outdoor swimming pool and an ice rink in the Oak Park Park (now known as Shepard park, after a former mayor, David Shepard).
The most famous attribute of the park, however, was an unintended consequence of the major building boom in the '50s. Hamilton Hill was formed when builders began dumping excess fill dirt in one specific section of the park. During the winter, kids brought their sleds to Hamilton Hill, and enjoyed an exciting ride to the bottom, as chronicled in Esther Meeks' childrens book "The Hill That Grew."
Web Sites and Links
City of Oak Park, MichiganOfficial guide to the city with information on the people, government, local activities, and events.
Dr. Mark Lavine and AssociatesCorrective eyewear for macular degeneration and other central vision impairments.
Oak Park High School Class of 1985 and 1986 20th ReunionDetails of reunion weekend. How to buy tickets, RSVP forms, and attendee list.
Oak Park School DistrictDistrict news, administration contact information, and resources for parents, students, and faculty.