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Upcoming Park District Activities

 

 

Monthly News & Updates
Spring Program Guide
Be on the lookout! The Oak Lawn Park District Spring Program Guide's expected home delivery is the week of January 24th.
 
Spring Resident Registration begins Monday, February 6th.
Spring Non-Resident Registration begins Monday, February 20th.
 
Don't forget you can register at www.olparks.com!
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events you won't want to miss!
 
 
Oak Lawn Park District Preschool Open House           
Looking for the right Preschool program for your child? Attend one or both of the Oak Lawn Park District's Preschool Open Houses for children ages 3 and 4.
The first Open House (Learn as You Grow I and II programs) will be held at the Little White Building, 9514 S. 54th Ave., on Tuesday, January 17th, from 6:00-7:00 PM. The second Open House (PlaySchool and PrepSchool programs) will be held at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., on Wednesday, January 18th, from 6:00-7:00 PM.
The Open Houses are free to the public and is a great opportunity for parents and children to meet with the preschool program teachers, check out the facilities, and to receive detailed information about the 2017/2018 Oak Lawn Park District Preschool program.
For more information, please call 708-857-2200.
 
Oak Lawn Winter StoryWalk
Join the Oak Lawn Public Library and the Oak Lawn Park District on Monday, January 16th to enjoy the new Winter StoryWalk activity and book, "The Three Snow Bears," by Jan Brett. An arts and craft project will be available. This FREE event will run from 1:00-2:00pm at LakeShore Park, 9610 E. Shore Dr in Oak Lawn. Register online through the Library or the Park District to be guaranteed a craft. The Park District registration code 
is 316401-1.
For more information, call 708-857-2200.
 
 
 
Fish Fry Fridays at Oak Lawn Park District's Stony Creek Restaurant & Banquets           
Make Stony Creek Restaurant & Banquet Facility, 5850 W. 103rd St in Oak Lawn, your Friday hot-spot for dinner at Fish Fry Fridays. Open seating is from 3:00-8:00pm, January 20 through April 14.
The all you care to eat menu price includes freshly made creamy Clam Chowder or our Stony Creek garden salad, warm dinner rolls, homemade coleslaw, lightly seasoned and breaded fresh fish, homemade hushpuppies, baked potato or french fries. Shrimp po' boy made to order for $6.95 a sandwich.
The cost is $12.95 for adults and $7.95 for children, ages 10 and under. Tax and gratuity are not included in price. A cash bar is available.
For more information, contact 708-857-2433.

Oak Lawn Ice Arena's Winter Luau Open Skate
Gather the family together for the Winter Luau Open Skate Event at the Oak Lawn Park District's Ice Arena on Sunday, January 22nd, from 1:00-2:30pm.
Enjoy treats, raffles, and treat bags for all children.
In honor of National Figure Skating Month, SnowPlow Sam, the mascot for the United Stated Figure Skating Association, will be visiting us this day also. Student teachers and Instructors will be on hand to assist new skaters on the ice during this Open Skate session.
Admission is $7.00, and skate rental is $3.00
The Oak Lawn Ice Arena is located at 9320 S. Kenton Ave. For more information call 
708-857-5173.
 
Oak Lawn Park District Community Pavilion Membership Sale
Get fit while saving money. Purchase an Oak Lawn Park District Community Pavilion
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Membership between February 9th-February 12th and save 
40% off new resident and combo memberships.
Membership sale rates for new residents is $90 ($80 for senior residents) and combo memberships, which give you access to both the Community Pavilion fitness facility, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave., and the Racquet Center fitness facility, 10444 S. Central Ave., are $120. Some exclusions may apply.
For more information, call 708-857-2420.

Oak Lawn Park District Teen Theatre Production of "High School Musical"
Tickets are available for the Oak Lawn Park District Teen Show Theatre Production of "High School Musical."
The production will run at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., on Friday, February 10 and Friday, February 17 at 8:00pm, Saturday, February 11 and Saturday, February 18 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, February 12 and Sunday, February 19 at 3:00pm.
Tickets are $17.
Disney's smash hit movie musical comes to life as the star athlete and brainy girl he meets at East High decide to audition for the high school musical.  Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo", these two open the door for others to shine as well, in this popular, big song and dance musical for the whole family.
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 Ice Arena's Valentine Skate
Want to share your love for the ice with a loved-one?  
Come out to the Ice Arena's Valentine Family Skate Event onSunday, February 12, from 1:00-2:30pm.
Enjoy a "sweet" afternoon of skating, a visit from everyone's favorite snowman, raffles and music provided by our DJ.           
The Ice Arena is located at 9320 S. Kenton Avenue.  The fee for this event is $7.00 for admission and $3.00 for skate rental.
For more information, please contact 708-857-5173.

Oak Lawn Park District Winter Seed Sowing Class
Oak Lawn Park District Horticulturist Dolly Foster will teach participants about winter seed sowing, a method of starting plants from seed outdoors in winter, on Monday, February 13th, from 6:30-8:30pm. This same winter sowing method can be used in early spring to give half-hardy annuals a good start. This requires less care than indoor seed sowing, increases the amount of space available, and, best of all, creates plants that are ready to go in the garden without the hardening off process required with nursery stock.
Fee is $7per person. Registration code is 327102-01.           
For more information on the class, call 708-857-2201. Register online at www.olparks.com or call 708-857-2200. 

Oak Lawn Park District Saturday Night Fever Show Trip
The Oak Lawn Park District is headed to Drury Lane in Oakbrook on Thursday, March 2nd,from 11:00am-5:00pm, for the Saturday Night Fever Show.            
The production is based on the 1977 hit film. Saturday Night Fever 
follows Brooklyn teen, Tony Manero, in his attempt to escape his tribulations by spending weekends at the local discotheque. Watch as Tony tries to win the admiration of the crowd and his heartthrob, Stephanie Mangano, with his electric moves.
Featuring your favorite Bee Gees songs from the movie such as "Stayin' Alive," "More Than a Women," and "Night Fever." Saturday Night Fever is a nostalgic classic.
Lunch will be choice of pecan crusted tilapia with creamy roasted garlic butter, or grilled boneless pork chop with apple sauerkraut, garden salad, dinner rolls, choice of non-alcoholic beverage, chef's selection of potato, vegetable and dessert.
Meet at the Community Pavilion located at 9401 S. Oak Park Avenue. Departure is at 11:00am and return time is 5:00pm.
The fee for residents is $80 and the fee for non-residents is $90. Recommended for ages 13 years and over. Be advised there is some sensitive subject matter.
Registration deadline is February 20th.
For more information, please contact 708-857-2200.

Service Spotlight
 
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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