Oak Park is a city in south Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. Oak Park is a northern suburb of the City of Detroit, which is located in neighboring Wayne County. As of the 2010 census, its population is 29,319.
The area that was to become Oak Park existed within Royal Oak Township, and was first settled in 1840, but remained sparsely populated for many decades following. The first major housing development came in 1914 when the township sold land to the Majestic Land Company to be developed as the Oak Park subdivision. The subdivision was incorporated as a village on May 3, 1927. Two petition drives to dissolve the village government and return it to the township citing "excessively high cost of village government" failed in 1931 and 1933, respectively. The village incorporated as city on October 29, 1945.
Planned developments in the late 1950s resulted in Oak Park being named "America's Fastest Growing City" at one point. Major civic improvements in this period included the addition of an outdoor swimming pool and an ice rink in Major Park (now known as Shepherd Park, after former mayor David Shepherd, but long known informally as Oak Park Park).
In both 2002 and 2004, the city annexed portions of neighboring Royal Oak Township.
On November 8, 2011 the citizens of Oak Park, MI voted in a new mayor, Mrs. Marian McClellan. Mayor McClellan is the city's first new mayor in 22 years replacing Jerry Naftaly.