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Upcoming Park District Activities

Customer Service Survey
We need your input! Please let us know how we are doing by taking the following Customer Service survey: 
Complete the full survey for a chance to win one Community Theatre gift certificate Good for Two Free Admissions to one 2015 - 2016 Production.
 
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Ribbon Cutting at Little Wolfe
Come check out our New Family Swing, Expression Swing and baby swings!
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Pool Information:
Centennial Aquatic Center is CLOSED for the Season.
Central Pool at 9400 S. Kenton will remain open until Labor Day, September 7.
Hours: 
Beginning Tuesday, August 18th, hours will be 
Mon, Tues, Wed, & Fri, 4pm-8:00pm. 
Thurs, 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday and Sunday's, 12pm-5pm
And Monday, September 7 (Labor Day), 12pm-5pm.
 
Centennial Aquatic Center Splash Pad will be open daily and free to the public between 9am-dusk beginning on August 17th. (Weather permitting will remain that way until October 1st).

Memorial Splash Pad is open daily and free to the public between 9am-dusk. (Weather permitting will remain open until October 1st).
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Beach Blizzard
The Oak Lawn Park District's Beach Blizzard event on Sunday, August 30th will have you enjoying some fun in the water and snow at Central Park Pool, 9400 S. Kenton Ave., from 12-3pm.  
 
A DJ will play tunes while participants play on the snow hill outside of Central Pool.  Activities include a hula-hoop contest and water balloons.
 
Participants will then head over to the Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave., for Open Skate from 3:00-5:00pm.  Bring mittens and a bathing suit. 
                  
The fee is $7 for all activities including open swim admission.  The rain site is the Ice Arena from 3:00-5:00pm.
 
A BIG thank you to Oak Lawn Bank & Trust who will provide coloring books, crayons and freeze pops for this event (while supplies last).
 
For more information, please contact 708-857-5173 or click HERE for the flyer!
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Youth Ball Hockey
Receive $10 off registration if you sign up before September 11th.
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Woofstock

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Community Theatre Auditions:"Smokey Joe's Café "
The Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre announces a casting call for the production of "Smokey Joe's Café " on Sunday, September 13, at 6:00pm, andMonday, September 14, at 7:30pm. 
 
Auditions will be held at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th Street. Must be ages 16 and up. Participants should dress comfortably and be prepared to sing a song from the show.
 
Callbacks, if necessary, will be on Tuesday, September 15, at 7:30pm.  Show dates are November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22.      
      
For more information, call 708-857-2200.
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Famazing Race- Family Fun Challenge 
Bring the whole family together for the Oak Lawn Park District's 2nd annual Famazing Race, Family Fun Challenge, sponsored by the Oak Lawn Firefighters Union.
Mark your calendars forSaturday, September 19, 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.
 
Pre-registration is required by Sunday, September 6.  The registration fee for the first two team members is $20 and $5 for each additional team member. Race fee includes a t-shirt and picnic lunch.
 
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.
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Evanston Lakefront Tour & More (Age: Adult)
Come join us as we head to Evanston for a Lakefront walking trip and more!! Our day will start with a *90 minute walk as we discover the rich, varied history of Evanston's Lakefront. 

Then we will head to Levere Memorial Temple. This Temple is an architectural treasure and contains a specially-designed collection of Tiffany stained glass.
 
Then off to lunch at Celtic Knot Public House, an authentic public house with well poured pints, wine and Irish dishes. 
 
Then, head over to Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop. View this Pre-Historic Life Museum with the largest collection in U.S. T
 
Last stop of the day is Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retail phenomenon. 
 
 *If you cannot walk for the full time, there are benches to sit down on. 
Location: Oak View Center
Code        Day        Dates          Time               Res/NR
222019-1 Th      9/24-9/24   8:00A-5:00P     $77/$87
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Upcoming Theatre Productions:
Check out the flyer by clicking HERE to get details on "Smokey Joe's Café ",  Believe in Your Elf, and Addams Family.

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DID YOU KNOW...

Facilities & Parks

...the Park District currently  operates:

2 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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