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Commissioner Andersen

 

Congratulations to Commissioner and Board Secretary, Donald Andersen, on his appointment as the Chairman of the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Board of Trustees. 
Don has been a Commissioner of the Oak Lawn Park District since 1977.
The staff at the Oak Lawn Park District appreciates all the work Don does for the agency and for the parks and recreation field.

DID YOU KNOW...

Facilities & Parks

...the Park District currently  operates:

2 swimming pools (Central Pool & Centennial Aquatic Center)
1 splash pad at Centennial Aquatic Center

1 indoor, year-round ice arena
1 community pavilion with weight room/exercise equipment, 4 indoor basketball courts, 4 volleyball courts, and has an 1/8 of a mile indoor walking/running track. The Pavilion is currently under construction for an expansion project.

1 Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center equipped with 5 courts for tennis, 4 racquet/wallyball courts, 2 party rooms, baseball hitting & pitching lessons, fitness center, and a gymnastics center

1 golf course, 18-hole, adjacent to a driving range and miniature golf course and clubhouse which seats 100, They also have a golf simulator.

1 recreation center (Oak View Center)  

...There is a combination of 32 parks and facilities owned and operated by the Oak Lawn Park District which cover around 300 acres.

...We maintain 20 parks, 14 tot lots, 19 baseball fields, 6 picnic areas, 6 sand volleyball courts, 7 soccer fields, 16 outdoor basketball courts, 1 bike path, and 1 museum.

...The 3 enterprise funds are the Ice Arena, Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastic Center, and Stony Creek Golf Course. The Pavilion is part of the recreation fund. Other Park District buildings include an Administrative Center; the Oak View Recreation Center, which houses staff and recreation programs; Menard Activity Center for programs and rentals; Dream Center, the home to many of our special recreation programs; Little White School House located in Lake Shore Park used for recreation programs; and the Maintenance business office and garage.

...Our 3 natural areas are: Chicago Ridge Prairie located at 105th and Menard, Wolfe Wildlife Refuge located at 109th & Laramie and Lewandowski Arboretum located at 87th St. and 49th Court. Wolfe Wildlife features a walking/jogging/bicycle paths, wetlands and nature studies. Chicago Ridge Prairie is a limestone prairie and features a nature walk, educational gazebo, and is home to the little white lady slipper orchid which is only found in 2 other spots in  Illinois.

...The Cultural Arts Department of the Park District has a theatre program which offer 6 plays each year.

...Largest park is Wolfe Wildlife at 45 acres.

...The only facility where alcohol is served is the golf course.

...Stony Creek has their own website at www.golfstonycreek.com.

...The surface of the Ice Arena is larger than that of the United Center where the Chicago Blackhawks play.

SERVICES

...The Park District offers a myriad of recreational programs and services to the 55,000 + residents of Oak Lawn, from tiny tots to senior citizens.

...Four times a year the Park District delivers a program guide describing its programs and special events to all the residents in Oak Lawn. Program Guides are no longer delivered through the United States Postal Office. Program Guides will be hung on the doorknobs of each Oak Lawn residents home.

...The Park District manages a Special Recreation Cooperative Agreement offering recreational programs and services to individuals with disabilities in 8 municipalities

…The Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies program is designed for veterans with disabilities and includes a year-long membership to the Oak Lawn Pavilion for the veteran and a guest of their choice. It also includes personal training sessions and monthly socials open to the veterans and their families.

…We partner with the Village of Oak Lawn to provide 7 concerts and 6 movies on the Village Green each summer.

EMPLOYMENT

...The Park District employs a staff of 54 full time and 312 part time employees. There are approximately 238 seasonal employees, which fluctuates with the season.

...We employ approximately 200 teens throughout the year, particularly during the summer months.

GENERAL

...The Oak Lawn Park District is a municipal corporation and is not part of the Village. We are our own taxing body.

...The Oak Lawn Park District operates under the state tax cap.

...We have received over $4,151,000 dollars of grant money in the past 3 years.

...The Oak Lawn Park District’s operating budget for 2013/14 is $10.0 million. Capital projects budget and debt service is $10 million. The fiscal year of the District runs from May 1st to April 30th.

…The Park District has 13 different Facebook pages that you can follow. The pages include General, Special Recreation, Gymnastics, Ice Arena, Nature Program, Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center, Stony Creek Golf and Banquet Complex, Community Pavilion, Gotta Get Gardening, Aquatics, Bailey’s Crossing, and Preschool Playtime.

Facility Phone numbers at a glance:

Administrative Building -708-857-2225,
Community Pavilion - 708-857-2420,
Ice Arena - 708-857-5173
Maintenance Building - 708-857-2201,
Oak View Center - 708-857-2200,
Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastic Center - 708-857-2215,
Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets - 708-857-2433.

Updated 9/3