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Upcoming Park District Activities

 
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Centennial Aquatic Center & Central Pool
The Oak Lawn Park District has two pools for you, your family, and your friends to enjoy!
 
Centennial Aquatic Center is located at 94th & Nashville, and includes a Slash Pad. In order to use the Splash Pad, participants will pay the pool admission fee.
 
Central Pool is located at 9400 S. Kenton Ave. and is connected to the Administrative Building.
 
NEW! Special Recreation Family Open Swim at Centennial Aquatic Center, Sunday's, from 9:30-11:20A. $5per family.

To checkout updated hours, times, and fees, please click HERE.

Never been to either pool? Check out this awesome aquatics video to give you insight on both pools. VIDEO
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Summer Camps
We offer a variety of camps! 
Find a full listing of all our camps by clicking HERE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Gardens Galore
Community Garden - Click HERE for a flyer
Oak Lawn Community Garden Notice: There are 4 allotment beds still available for rent. It is not too late to put a few tomatoes and peppers in. In a few short weeks it will be time to plant seeds for fall crops like peas, beans, beets, broccoli, cucumber and summer squash. The garden is located at 104th and Cook. Please visit the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., to register for a bed. For more information, contact staff Horticulturist Dolly Foster This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Vegetable Garden
The Children's Vegetable Garden is underway at the Oak View Community Center. The Children's Vegetable Garden program will be tended to by Oak Lawn Summer Day Camps as well as Summer Cooking Programs. The Children's Vegetable Garden will educate on proper gardening skills and healthier eating.
 
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events you won't want to miss!

4th of July - Monday, July 4th. Day Time Activities include: Oak Lawn's Got Talent, Watermelon Eating Contests, Treasure Hunt (Sponsored by the Oak Lawn Firefighter Local 3405, magician, balloon artist, obstacle course, arts & crafts, and MORE!
Evening Fireworks will be held at Richards High School at dusk.
 
Worthbrook Park Ribbon Cutting- 7:00pm, Wednesday, July 13th. 
Come out and see the newly renovated Worthbrook Park,89th & Ridgeland. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place in conjunction with our FREE Rec-Mobile program. The Rec-Mobile is a FREE traveling recreation program geared for children ages kindergarten through 5th grade. The program will travel to community parks bringing games, sports, arts and crafts, organized and free play to our parks. Activities are supervised by OLPD  staff but parent/guardian attendance is encouraged. No registration necessary. All events take place from 6:00-8:00P and are subject to cancellation based on weather.
Also enjoy a Movie in the Park after Rec-Mobile. We will be showing "Hook".
 
FREE Summer Concerts & Movies- Concerts are on various Sundays and Movies are on various Fridays.
 
Upcoming Theatre Productions - Productions include: "Catch Me If You Can", "Phantom" and "Broadway Junior".
Service Spotlight

Register Today! The Park District has numerous programs for you to choose from. Registration is currently open for Residents and Non-Residents. Check out our Summer Program Guide for program listings. 

 
$5 Burger Wednesdays at Stony Creek
 

 

...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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