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Upcoming Park District Activities

 

Famazing Race Canceled

Unfortunately, due to low enrollment, the Park District's Famazing Race that was schedule for Saturday, September 24th, has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Splash Pads and Spray Pads
Both pools are closed for the summer, but there are still plenty of ways to stay cool! Centennial Aquatic Center's Splash Pad, 9401 S. Nashville, is open and FREE to the public between 9am -dusk daily, weather permitting. Memorial Splash Pad, 102nd & Major Ave., is also FREE to the public between 9am -dusk daily, weather permitting. You can also find spray pads at Sullivan Park (99th St. & Kostner Ave.), Wolfe Wildlife Refuge (109th St. & Laramie Ave.) and Worthbrook Park (89th Pl. & Ridgeland Ave.)!
 
Chicago Ridge Prairie, 105th & Menard Ave., 
 
Chicago Ridge Prairie was designated an Illinois Nature Preserve in 1995. The reason it was designated a preserve is because this site is  a high quality tall grass prairie containing approximately 150 rare and uncommon plants and insects.  Although Illinois is called the "Prairie State", as you know, there are not many prairies left.   Over the years,  construction waste had been dumped into the prairie.  Thanks to a generous grant of $200,000 from the Dept. of Natural Resources, we were able to clean up the fill and restore the 4.5 acres that were destroyed.  Chicago Ridge Prairie is now accessible to the public with the walking trail and shelter.  We are now able to host a variety of nature programs and camps at this site.    

Phillips Park, 53rd & Alexander Ave., Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
October 17th at 5:30pm
Phillips renovations included: new playground equipment, mini spray pad, central seating plaza, new landscaping and drinking fountain.
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Stony Creek Golf Course and Restaurant Specials
Stony Creek Restaurant Specials
The Oak Lawn Park District's Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets, 5850 W. 103rd St., is excited to announce their new specials!
  • Monday is a Golf for Gold Special that includes18-holes of golf with cart, a brat, and one beer for $30. 
  • Tuesday is a Chili Dog Special for $3.25 (with fries $3.75). 
  • Wednesday is aFive Dollar Burger Special for $5. 
  • Friday is a Fish Sandwich Special for $5.25 (with fries $5.75).
  • Saturday is a Brat with Grilled Onions Special for $3.75 (with fries $4.25).
Stop in today and bring your appetite!
For more information, contact 708-857-2433.
Prairie Walk Pond, Lisle
Take in nature's beauty while getting active with the Oak Lawn Park District as we take a scenic walk in Lisle, Illinois on Wednesday, September 28th, from 9:30am - 2:30pm.
Enjoy a 45 minute guided tour as we walk the paths encircling a two-acre pond surrounded by more than a hundred different varieties of native flowers, plants and grasses that change color with 
the seasons.
The walk will then lead to the redeveloped downtown of Lisle. Relax at the stunning Garden Walk Fountain, where water cascades over massive boulders and flows over the fountain's eternity edges. The shopping and dining experiences are as unique as the setting. You will find a variety of one-of-a-kind boutiques, run by owners dedicated to providing quality products and personalized service. Lunch will be on your own.
Meet at the Community Pavilion, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave. at 9:30am for departure.
Fee for residents is $30.  Fee for non-residents is $40. Must be ages 16 or up.
For more information, contact 708-857-2200.
 
Back to School DJ Night at the Ice Arena
Come out to the Oak Lawn Park District's Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave., onFriday, September 30th, from 9:00-10:30pm, for the Back to School DJ Night.
Admission is $9 and skate rental is $3.
Donate a school supply and receive an Open Skate pass for a return visit to the Ice Arena. Donations will benefit local school districts.
For more information, contact 708-857-5173.  
    
 
Service Spotlight
The Oak Lawn Park District sponsored an Acorn through the Village of Oak Lawn. Art Instructor, Laurie Snaer, did a wonderful job of bringing color and fun to our designated Acorn for display!



 

...the Park District currently  operates:

swimming pools (Central Pool & Centennial Pool)

1 splash pad at Centennial Pool, 1 splash pad at Memorial Park

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.

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 34 parks and facilities owned and operated by the Oak Lawn Park District
which cover around 280 acres.

We maintain 22 parks, 6 tot lots, 16 playgrounds, 18 baseball fields, 7 picnic areas, 7 sand volleyball courts,
5 soccer fields, 18 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 using Door-to-Door Delivery.

The Park District manages a Special Recreation Cooperative Agreement offering recreational programs and services to individuals with disabilities in 9 municipalities.

The Salute to Health 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 FREE concerts and 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 7/2/15

 
 
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