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Upcoming Park District Activities

 

Winter 2016-2017 Program Guide
 
Check out the 2016-2017 Winter Program Guide online. 
You can also register right from home with our online registration system. 
 
Winter Resident Registration begins on 
Monday, October 31st.
 
Winter Non-Resident Registration begins on 
Monday, November 14th.
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Phillips Park Ribbon Cutting
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
the oak lawn park district held a ribbon cutting ceremony for phillips park, 53rd & alexander ave., on monday, october 17th at 5:30pm. the ribbon cutting was followed by a performance from the park district's independance dance team. park renovations include new playground equipment, mini spray pad, central seating plaza, new landscaping and drinking fountain.
 
pictured (left to right) oak lawn park district's assistant superintendent of parks ryan gory, superintendent of recreation and special recreation julie ryan, board commissioner sue murphy, executive director maddie kelly, superintendent of parks joel craig, board commissioner mary wallace,  and board commissioner gary callahan. Also in attendance were state representative kelly burke and board commissioner donna mccauley.
 
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Oak Lawn Park District Collecting Treats for Troops
The Oak Lawn Park District's Ice Arena will hold its 6th Annual Treats for Troops collection throughout the month of October. Participants of the Ice Arena's Rising Stars Skating School, run by Program Supervisor Mary Hensley, will decorate treat bags and collect Halloween candy to be sent to the troops. The public is also encouraged to participate by dropping off bags of candy to the Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave, by Friday, November 4th.
All candy collected will be sent to the Park District's Veterans Care Package Coordinator, Miss Jackie Connelly, who has been collecting and packaging goodies for distribution to the troops for over 9 years.  
Last year over 500 pounds of treats were collected.
"We are proud to do our share in honoring our troops who have sacrificed so much for our freedom", says Mary Hensley.  "We want to thank all those who have participated in this event throughout the years and making it such a huge success."
 For more information on donating to the troops, please contact 708-857-2200.
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Oak Lawn Park District Water Tests Clean
The Oak Lawn Park District is taking a proactive stance to reassure its patrons that their drinking water is free from lead contamination.The Park District is pleased to report that results from a lead water test for all facilities came back below the detectable level.

First Environmental Laboratories and Global Water Technology conducted samples tests in September. All tests came back as non-detectable.
For more information, please call 708-857-2201.
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Spookview Survey
Please take a short Spookview survey to let us know how much you enjoyed the event! Once youhave completed the survey, you will be directed to all the awesome Spookview photos! Thank you!
  
Click HERE for the survey.


Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events you won't want to miss!

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!
  • 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).
Stony Creek Football Game Day Specials are available. 
Click HERE for the flyer.

Stony Creek Golf Course Turkey Shoot Scramble - Please note date change.
Sign up today for the Oak Lawn Park District Stony Creek Golf Course's Turkey Shoot Three Player Scramble. The event will take place on Sunday, November 6th with a 9:00am shotgun start.
The fee is $40 per player and covers green fee, cart fee, lunch, and prizes.
The Stony Creek Golf Course is located at 5850 W. 103rd St. Stop by Stony Creek today to register or call 708-857-2433.

Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre Production of "Phantom" 
Tickets are available for the Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre Production of "Phantom."
The production will run at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., on Friday, November 11th and Friday, November 18 at 8:00pm, Saturday, November 12 and Saturday, November 19 at8:00pm, and Sunday, November 13 and Sunday, November 20 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $23 for adults and $22 for seniors (60 and older) and children (12 and under).
Phantom, by Maury Yeston, is a musical that tells the story of Eric, a young man who was born disfigured and grows up to be the Phantom of the Paris Opera House. His love of music affects all who encounter him, including a young soprano name Christine. It's a story about love, family and the realities of being unique.
Tickets are available at the Oak View Center, by phone at 
708-857-2200, or online at www.olparks.com.
For more information please call 708-857-2200.

Oak Lawn Park District's 22nd Annual Turkey Shoot
The Oak Lawn Park District will host its 22nd Annual Turkey Shoot on Sunday, November 13, at the Community Pavilion located at 9401 S. Oak Park Ave. This family-friendly event will take place from 11:00am-1:00pm.
Each participating team will receive 10 free throws for a chance to win a turkey to gobble up for Thanksgiving dinner. Teams will consist of one parent and child, ages 4 and up, and be divided into appropriate age groups. The team who makes the most shots in each division will win.
Mini-basketballs and nets will be available for younger children. There will be raffle prizes for all children. Parents may compete with more than one child.
This event is free for residents. The fee for non-residents is $6. Please register in advance at www.olparks.com. The registration code is 216101-00.
For more information, please contact 708-857-2420.
 
Oak Lawn Park District's Seed Cleaning Class
Oak Lawn Park District Horticulturist Dolly Foster will teach participants how to clean seeds and store them on Monday, November 14th, from 6:30-8:30pm. Bring seeds that you saved from this summer and fall along with a small bowl to the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St.
How to start seeds will also be briefly discussed.  Fee is $5 per person.
For more information on the class, call 708-857-2201. Register online at www.olparks.com or call 708-857-2200. Registration code is 427215.    
 
Oak Lawn Ice Arena's Family Fun Event
Gather the family together for a fun afternoon at the Oak Lawn Park District's Ice Arena located at 9320 S. Kenton Ave. Create long lasting memories while skating and dancing to music provided by our DJ on Sunday, November 27th, from 1:00-3:30pm. On-ice helpers will be in our Beginner area from 1:00-2:00pm. There will also be discounts on winter class registration and raffles.
Admission is $3. Free Skate Rental while supplies last. Each family will receive a goodie bag.
For more information, call 708-857-5173.
 
Oak Lawn Park District Wreath Making Class
Make your own holiday wreath this season by registering for the Oak Lawn Park District's wreath making class.
The class will be held at Stony Creek Restaurant & Banquets, 5850 W. 103rd St., on Wednesday, November 30th, from 7:00-9:00pm.  Instructor Mrs. Sue will guide participants in creating fragrant and fantastic holiday wreaths made with fresh greens adorned with ribbons and ornaments.
The fee is $25 per person. Participants should wear gardening or work gloves.
Register today or for more information, contact 708-857-2200.
               
Christmas Lights Tour 2016 
Join the Oak Lawn Park District, as Starlight Tours will take participants to Downtown Chicago to see the beautiful Christmas light displays on Tuesday, December 6th, from 4:00-10:00pm. The first stop will be at the Planetarium Overlook for a panoramic view of the beautiful city. Participants will then travel along Lake Shore Drive, head over to Lincoln Park, North Michigan Avenue, and have a one hour stop at Millennium Park to view the city Christmas Tree, the skating rink and the Bean. The final stop will be the German Christkindl Market at Daley Plaza. Dress for the weather!!
Meet at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. Departure is at 4:00pm and return time is 10:00pm.
The fee for residents is $45 and the fee for non-residents is $55.  Must be ages 13 and up.
For more information, please contact 708-857-2200.

Service Spotlight
 
Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs!
To celebrate the Chicago Cubs making it to the World Series, visit the Stony Creek Golf Course, 5850 W. 103rd St., to receive 18 holes with cart and a domestic draft beer for $20.16. Offer valid now through November 7th. For more information, call 708-857-2433.
 
 
 
 
Customer Appreciation Week - Sunday, November 27th thru Saturday, December 3rd
Thank YOfor being our customer! Check out the participating facilities and offers that will take place during Customer Appreciation Week  by clicking HERE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Job and Internship Openings
Looking for a job or an internship? Click HERE to check out available job and internship positions at the Oak Lawn Park District.

...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, 8 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, 3 racquet/wallyball courts,
2 party rooms, 3 baseball hitting & pitching cages, 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, 19 baseball fields, 4 picnic areas, 8 sand volleyball courts,
4 soccer fields, 16 outdoor basketball courts, 1 bike path, 1 skate park, 2 splash pads, 16 tennis courts, 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 45.7 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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