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Upcoming Park District Activities

 
 
Fall Registration Reminder
Resident Registration began Monday, August 1st. 
Non-Resident Registration begins Monday, August 15th.
You can register online and view our online brochure at www.olparks.com.

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Worthbrook Park Ribbon Cutting
 
 
Caption: (Pictured left to right)
Village of Oak Lawn Trustee Terry Vorderer, Trustee William "Bud" Stalker, Oak Lawn Park District Board Member Gary Callahan, Park District Superintendent of Parks Joel Craig, Park District Board Member Donna McCauley, Park District Executive Director Maddie Kelly, Park District Board President Don Andersen, Park District Assistant Superintendent of Parks Ryan Gory, and Village Clerk Jane Quinlan attended the Oak Lawn Park District's ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Worthbrook Park, 89th St. and Ridgeland Ave., on Monday, August 8th.
 
Worthbrook Park has recently been renovated thanks to an Open Space Land and Acquisition Grant for $400,000 from the Department of Natural Resources and a Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Grant for $150,000 acquired by Senator Jaqueline Collins.
 
Renovations include new skate park equipment, new playground equipment, sand volleyball court, new basketball court, walking path, park lighting, a picnic shelter, new baseball backstops, benches, bleachers, exercise equipment, mini spray pad and landscaping.
 
Chicago Ridge Prairie, 105th & Menard Ave., Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
September 12th at 6:00pm
Unsuitable soils were removed from approx. 5 acres. This overburden was a result of dumping on the site prior to the Park District purchase of the property. We also installed a walking path, shelter with rain barrels, educational signage and overlook platforms. The restored areas were reseeded with native plants and flora.

Phillips Park, 53rd & Alexander Ave., Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
October 17th at 5:30pm
Phillips renovations included: new playground equipment, mini spray pad, central seating plaza, new landscaping and drinking fountain.
 
Stony Creek Golf Course and Restaurant Specials
The Oak Lawn Park District's Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets, 5850 W. 103rd St., is excited to announce their new specials!
Monday is a Golf for Gold Special that includes18-holes of golf with cart, a brat, and one beer for $30. Tuesday is a Chili Dog Special for $3.25 (with fries $3.75). Wednesday is a Five Dollar Burger Special for $5. Friday is a Fish Sandwich Special for $5.25 (with fries $5.75), and Saturday is a Brat with
Grilled Onions Special for $3.75 (with fries $4.25).

Stop in today and bring your appetite! For more information,
contact 708-857-2433.

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

Summer Beach Blizzard "Back to School" Event
Come out to the Oak Lawn Park District's Beach Blizzard Back to School event onFriday, 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., onFriday, August 12th at 8:00pm, Saturday, August 13th at 8:00pm, 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.
 
 
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 onMonday, September 5with 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.
 
 
Oak Lawn Community Theatre Audition for "Phantom"
The Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre announces a casting call for the production of "Phantom " on Sunday, September 11, at 3:00pm, and Monday, September 12, at 7:30pmAuditions 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 13, at 7:30pm.  Show dates are November 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20.
 
For more information, call 708-857-2200.
 
White Sox Park Trip
Join the Oak Lawn Park District onThursday, September 15th,as we take a trip to US Cellular Field to watch the Chicago White Sox play the Cleveland Indians.

The day will begin with lunch in the patio area. Enjoy a two-hour, all-you-can-eat ribs, chicken, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, sides and salads. Wine, beer and soda are also included in the package. Bingo will also be available.

After lunch, we will head to shaded seats in the lower deck to enjoy a great day at the ballpark. Participants are allowed bring the following items into the ballpark: binoculars, unopened water bottles, and small umbrella.

 Meet at the Oak View Center 4625 W. 110th St., for departure at 10:30am. Arrival time back to the Oak View Center is 5:00pm. Fee for residents is $70. Fee for non-residents is $80. Must be ages 16 or up.
For more information, contact 708-857-2200.
 
Monarch Festival
Save the date for the Oak Lawn Park District's new event, Monarch Festival, onSaturday, 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 forSaturday, 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 atwww.olparks.comor at any park district facility.   
 
For more information, contact the Community Pavilion at 708-857-2420.
    
 
 
Service Spotlight
The Oak Lawn Park District sponsored an Acorn through the Village of Oak Lawn. Art Instructor, Laurie Snaer, did a wonderful job of bringing color and fun to our designated Acorn for display!



 


 

...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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