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Upcoming Park District Activities

 
 
Fall Registration
Check out all the exciting programs and events the Oak Lawn Park District has to offer this upcoming season by flipping through our program guide. Fall 2016 Program Guides are scheduled for delivery to Oak Lawn residents the week of July 18th. 

Resident Registration begins Monday, August 1st. 
Non-Resident Registration begins Monday, August 15th.

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Worthbrook Park Ribbon Cutting
The Oak Lawn Park District is happy to showcase the newly renovated Worthbrook Park located at 89th St. and Ridgeland Ave.

Renovations included new skate park equipment, new playground equipment, sand volleyball court, new basketball court, park lighting, a picnic shelter, new baseball backstops, benches, bleachers, exercise equipment, mini spray pad and landscaping.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 6:00pm, on Monday, August 8th.

Worthbrook Park is newly renovated thanks to an Open Space Land and Acquisition Grant from the Department of Natural Resources.

For more information, call 708-857-2225.

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

Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets
The Oak Lawn Park District's Stony Creek Golf Course, 5850 W. 103rd St., is hosting a Labor Day Four-Person Scramble on Monday, September 5 with an 8:00am shotgun start.

The fee is $45 per golfer and includes 18 holes w/cart, small bucket of range balls, complementary drink, buffet style lunch, and prizes. Entry forms and fee must be received at Stony Creek by Saturday, September 3.
          
For more information, please call 708-857-2433.

Summer Beach Blizzard "Back to School" Event
Come out to the Oak Lawn Park District's Beach Blizzard Back to School event on Friday, August 12th, from 6:00pm until dusk.
           
Bring your mittens and bathing suit for an evening full of fun! Proper bathing attire is required.
            
From 6:00-8:30pm, participants will enjoy fun in the sun and snow at Central Park & Pool, 9400 S. Kenton Ave. Our DJ will provide the tunes while you hula hoop, play in the snow pile, and make snow sculptures. Concessions will be available.

From 7:15-8:45pm, participants can head to the Ice Arena for Open Skate, 9320 S. Kenton Ave. Then at 9:00pm/dusk, participants can return to the pool to enjoy the movie "Surfs' Up"!

Admission is $10 for all activities. Admission to the pool is included.  Participants who donate school supplies at this event will receive a Free Open Skate pass for a return visit.

Call 708-857-5173 for more information!
Community Theatre Production of "Catch Me If You Can"
Tickets are available for the Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre Production of "Catch Me If You Can."
            
The production will run at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., on Friday, August 5th and Friday, August 12th at 8:00pm, Saturday, August 6th and Saturday, August 13th at 8:00pm, and Sunday, August 7th and Sunday, August 14th at 3:00pm. Tickets are $23 for adults and $22 for seniors (60 and older) and children (12 and under).
 
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's Summer StoryWalk Book
The Oak Lawn Park District and the Oak Lawn Public Library are excited to announce the summer featured story for StoryWalk®, a nationally recognized program to encourage literacy and promote physical activity. This season's book is "Turtle Splash Countdown At The Pond," by Cathryn Falwell.

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 are featured seasonally.

Patrons are encouraged to come out to a special StoryWalk® event on Tuesday, August 9th, from 11:00am-12:30pm at Lake Shore Park to enjoy crafts, recreation games and activities, as well as learning pond life with Instructor Ms. Sue. This is a FREE event, but registration is required.

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 or to register, please contact 708-857-2200.
 
Monarch Festival
Save the date for the Oak Lawn Park District's new event, Monarch Festival, on Saturday, September 17th, from, 2:00-5:00pm, at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St.
 
This indoor and outdoor festival will bring much needed awareness to the issues that this magnificent creature faces today. Participants will learn how to assist in the preservation of the Monarch butterfly species.
 
Activities will include butterfly arts and crafts for kids, an interactive puppet theatre, face painting, music, and much more! There will also be live butterfly tagging, a bug zoo, caterpillar aquarium, and a movie.
FREE Admission!
 
For more information, please call 708-857-2200.
 
Famazing Race Family Fun Challenge
Bring the whole family together for the Oak Lawn Park District's 3rd Annual Famazing Race, Family Fun Challenge, sponsored by the Oak Lawn Firefighters Union.
 
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 24, from 10:00am-1:00pm, to gather your family for some friendly competition at Centennial Park (9401 S. Oak Park Avenue).
 
Teams consisting of at least one adult and child (ages 5 & up) will compete in a series of exciting challenges (physical and mental) and race to the finish to win some great prizes!  Dress in a theme to be entered to win the costume contest.
 
The registration fee is $10 per team member. Race fee includes a t-shirt and picnic lunch. Check-in is from 9:30-10:00am.  Race begins promptly at 10:00am. Lunch and awards will begins around noon.
 
Registration is available online at www.olparks.com or at any park district facility.   
 
For more information, contact the Community Pavilion at 708-857-2420.
 
The Odd Couple Trip
Join the Oak Lawn Park District as we head to Munster, Indiana to enjoy a fun production of The Odd Couple on Wednesday, August 10th, from 11:30am-4:30pm. This beloved American comedy by Neil Simon reveals the adventures of two mismatched roommates, Felix Ungar, a neurotic worrywart news writer, and Oscar Madison, a sloppy sports journalist. The men attempt to adapt to each other's habits, all the while trying to rekindle their social lives with side-splitting results! Lunch: Caesar Salad, Chicken Parmesan or Veal Parmesan, Linguini Marinara, and Italian Blend Vegetables. Dessert will be Rainbow Sherbet.
 
Meet at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 103rd St. Fee is $77 for residents and $87 for non-residents. Participants must be ages 16 or older.
 
For more information or to register, please call 708-857-2200.
Service Spotlight

Summer registration is still being accepted! The Park District has numerous programs for you to choose from. Check out our Summer Program Guide for program listings. 

 


 

...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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