Oak Lawn Park District's Star Spangled Fourth of July
The Oak Lawn Park District's Annual Star Spangled Fourth of July Celebration will be held Saturday, July 4, at Centennial Park, located at 94th and Nashville Avenue.
The day will begin with a variety of family activities from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm that includes:
Oak Lawn's Got Talent sponsored by Cusack Insurance,
A treasure hunt sponsored by the Oak Lawn Firefighters Local 3405,
Freshline Watermelon Eating Contest,
Plus - obstacle course, kids tattoos, carnival games, tricycle car wash, inflatables, bingo, crafts, magician, balloon animals, concessions and more!
Children ages 3 and older pay $5 for all daytime activities including access to Centennial Pool.
Adults receive free admission to daytime activities but pay the special $2 holiday rate to access pools.
Free evening entertainment will be held at the football field at Richards High School (106th Street and Central Avenue). Gates will open at 6:00pm.
GAC Entertainment will provide music at 8:15 pm followed by a spectacular fireworks display that is cosponsored by the Village of Oak Lawn.
An agenda of all activities and times will be available soon at www.olparks.com.
To view the flyer, click HERE
4th of July Four-Person Scramble
4th of July Longest Drive Contest Day/Date: Saturday, July 4
Red, White and Blue Skate
Tons of Ways to Stay Cool This Summer!
Centennial Aquatic Center Pool &
94th and Nashville Ave.
9400 S. Kenton Ave.
Memorial Splash Pad
FREE (102nd & Major)
Wolfe Wildlife Splash Pad
FREE (109th & Laramie)
Sullivan Park Splash Pad
FREE (99th & Kostner)
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE FUN UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
New StoryWalk® Program in Oak Lawn
The Oak Lawn Park District and the Oak Lawn Public Library are partnering together to offer patrons the new, year-round StoryWalk® program, a nationally recognized program to encourage literacy and promote physical activity.
StoryWalk® transforms the pages of a children's storybook into signs that will be placed sequentially along Lake Shore Park's, 9610 E. Shore Dr., Oak Lawn, walking trail. Different children stories will be featured seasonally.
Patrons are encouraged to come out to the StoryWalk® Grand Opening at 6:00pm, Wednesday, July 1, at Lake Shore Park to enjoy some fresh air, while exercising your heart and imagination. This season's featured book is "The Watermelon Seed" by Greg Pizzoli.
The Grand Opening of StoryWalk® will also be held in conjunction with the Park District's Rec Mobile Program, a free traveling recreation program consisting of arts and crafts, games and sports.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
For more information, please contact 708-857-2200.
FREE Summer Movies & Concerts on the Village Green
A complete listing of Summer Movies & Concerts can be found by clicking HERE!
TRIPSWhite Sox Park & Lunch (Age: 13 & up)
Location: Oak View Center
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Location: Community Pavilion
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For more information or to register for any trips, please contact 708-857-2200.
DID YOU KNOW...
Facilities & Parks
...the Park District currently operates:
2 swimming pools (Central Pool & Centennial Aquatic Center)
1 indoor, year-round ice arena
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.
...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.
...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.
...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,