May 22, 2020Reopening Phase 3 Is Coming!
As outlined in Gov. Pritzker's most recent update, next week we will take our next steps towards returning to normalcy as Phase 3 begins on Friday, May 29th. Everyone here at the Oak Lawn Park District is hard at work determining how best to serve our constituents in a safe and responsible manner. Keep an eye out for all the information as it becomes available.
Some of things we are working on include:
* Expanding our outdoor dining options at our Stony Creek Bar & Grill.
* Loosening the restrictions for golfing at our Stony Creek Golf Course.
* Reopening our indoor and outdoor tennis facilities.
* Slowly opening up our gyms and fitness studios.
* The status of our Day Camps
* Guidelines for opening our pools, splash pads, and parks.
* and much more...
We miss you - stay healthy and safe!
March 20, 2020
Effective immediately, all Oak Lawn Park District programming has been suspended, and all Park District facilities and playgrounds have been closed. Our Maintenance Dept. will continue to provide essential services such as park cleaning and garbage removal.
In addition to District programming and Facilities, all Oak Lawn Park District playgrounds are closed as mandated by Governor Pritzker. Our parks are open for social distancing activities (maintaining 6 feet between people and not playing in groups) such as walking, running, and bike riding. To encourage social distancing, playgrounds, basketball courts, and the Skate Park are all closed until further notice.
Outdoor Tennis Courts, Bailey's Crossing Dog Park, and Stony Creek Golf Course are all open and operating under the guidelines defined by the State of Illinois.
You should know that, even though we're shut down, most of our full time employees are currently working from home and are available via email. If you have a question or concern regarding Oak Lawn Park District facility and program updates please visit our staff contact page
to get in touch with the appropriate supervisor.We will continue to look for innovative and creative ways to keep our residents fit, active, and healthy during this difficult time. Please keep an eye on this page, or one of our social media avenues, to keep updated.Good health!
#TuneInTuesday with random notes of kindness!
Do you want to show appreciation to your neighbor? Do you miss a friend or family member? Maybe you want to thank an essential worker? Brighten someone else’s day by writing them a note and spreading a little kindness! You can leave it on their porch, mail it, or write your message with chalk on their drive way. Choose kindness and help make someone's day extra special! ?? #oaklawnparkdistrict #TuneInTuesday #kindness
#MoveItMonday with an on land swim lessons challenge!
#oaklawnparkdistrict #swimlessons #fitnesschallenge
- Who Killed Dr. Covid?
Calling all detectives! One of our staff members murdered the Evil Dr.COVID. We need your help to solve the crime! Can you and your family gather all the clues to find out who killed Dr. COVID, at which of our facilities, and with what weapon? This case is open to all detectives 5/15-5/21. Please view the instructions to participate. Once your family has solved the crime, comment in our Facebook Event to let us know you have solved the murder and how many detectives are on your team to be entered into a drawing to win a prize on 5/22! DON’T post the answer as we would like everyone to have a chance to play! Please follow all social distancing guidelines when participating in this scavenger hunt. Good luck to you and your team!
- Victory Gardens with OLPD Horticulturalist Dolly Foster
Victory Gardens are a fascinating piece of our history. They encouraged people to plant gardens for the war effort and to support themselves. They don't have to live only in the past, though. Plant one this summer to get growing fresh, organic produce!
Enjoy this video about them!
Notes from Dolly to share
- Did you know that Oak Lawn has an arboretum?
Lewandowski Arboretum has more than 270 trees and 50 plus species! There was an outdoor drive-in theater located adjacent to the park up until the early 1960’s before it burned down. There are still chunks of charred movie screen buried under the park.
Lewandowski Arboretum is located at 89th Street and 49th Court. So in the words of Ron Swanson, go outside and stand in nature (But we also love painting nature too!).
#WhatsUpWednesday #oaklawnparkdistrict #DidYouKnow
- #TuneInTuesday! brings you: Gardening with Dolly!
If you wondering what to do with the milkweed you picked up last Thursday, or for those of you looking for more information on creating a monarch habitat and learning more about pollinator gardens, this video is for you!
Milkweed is the most important plant to the monarch butterfly because it is the only plant the caterpillars can eat. Without milkweed we will lose the monarch. Tune in today to learn how you can do your part to help save the monarchs!” Here's the accompanying article
- #MoveItMonday is using a classic game to choose your workout!
Coin Flip Workout is a fun and easy way to get moving.
All you have to do is flip a coin to find out what exercise you will do. Call it in the air; heads or tails? #MoveItMonday #oaklawnparkdistrict #workout
- We want to send you a very special message on this #TuneInTuesday! We miss seeing you at our facilities and parks, and enjoying our recreation and leisure offerings, but we are so happy that we can still stay in touch virtually.
Please enjoy these messages from staff. We hope you are well, and we can't wait to see you soon! #oaklawnparkdistrict #TuneInTuesday #WeMissYou
- #MoveItMonday with a Spell Your Name Workout!
Using the photo of the alphabet, spell out your first and last name by doing the activities listed for each letter.
Enjoy some physical activity from the comfort of your own home and share a video on this post of you and your family doing the activities! Be sure to say your name before you start. Let's get our hearts pumping! #MoveItMonday #oaklawnparkdistrict #workout
- We are celebrating National Volunteer Week on this #ThrillingThursday! We want to give a huge shutout to our wonderful volunteers who lend a helping hand and enhance Oak Lawn Park District services, facilities, events, and programs. Last year, approximately 396 volunteers donated 4,203 hours of service. WOW! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. #oaklawnparkdistrict #volunteer #ThrillingThursday
- Let’s get creative with a #ThrillingThursday contest! Join the Oak Lawn Park District’s Art Instructor, Laurie Snaer, as she demonstrates how to draw amazing spring artwork. This video will help you get started with step-by-step instructions, and then it is your turn to make your very own masterpiece! There are 2 drawing levels to this competition; one for the 5-9 age group, and one for the 10-14 age group. Make sure you use your creative ideas to make your artwork unique. Self-expression is most important when it comes to art! Email a picture of your completed artwork along with the artist’s name, age, and artwork title to Michael Sinkewich at by midnight, Sunday, April 26th. Our judges will select a winner from each age group and post the winning artwork to Oak Lawn Park District’s Facebook/Instagram page on Tuesday, April 28th. The winning artists will each receive a free session of art classes at our Oak View Center! We can’t wait to see all of the awesome artwork that you create!
Update: We have our Spring Art Contest winners!?? Since we did not receive any entries in the 10-14 age group, we decided to choose two winners from the 5-9 age group. CONGRATULATIONS to Lizzie Mehalek and Annalise Pletsch! You did a fantastic job drawing our spring snail! The judges really enjoyed all of the beautiful and creative artwork (and Annalise’s clever title, Life in Slow Motion, for her artwork entry!). Check back this Friday for a different kind of snail project!
Currently, all refunds are being applied as household credits for future use, unless the patron specifically requests otherwise. Refund requests specifically related to the Covid-19 shutdown will not be charged the standard 10% processing fee.
If you have a question or concern regarding a program refund status, please visit our staff contact page to get in touch with the appropriate supervisor from the facility your program originated from.
Using Parks & Open Space While Maintaining Social DistancingThe National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) prepared the following statement in support of the safe use of parks and open spaces during the COVID-19 outbreak. As of March 23, 2020, more than 900* organizations have signed on to voice support.
Concerns about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continue to grip our nation. As organizations that support the power of parks and open spaces as essential resources for health and wellness, we understand that people may have questions and concerns about visiting their local parks, trails or open spaces at this time.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has flagged mental health as a top concern associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize that social distancing may take a toll on our mental health, especially during high-stress and anxiety-producing global public health emergencies. We also know that parks provide a connection to the outdoors and green space as well as opportunities for physical activity which studies demonstrate reduces stress and improves mental health.
We believe that many parks, trails and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits these spaces provide. In all instances, we recommend people follow local, state and national ordinances and guidelines regarding the use of these spaces and recognize that these vary from community to community.
In places where there are no restrictions on the use of local parks, trails and open spaces, we encourage all users to follow these recommendations:
* Refrain from using parks or trails if they are exhibiting symptoms.
* Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails.
* Prepare for limited access to public restrooms or water fountains.
* While on trails, warn other users of their presence and as they pass, and step aside to let others pass.
*Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, pick-up sports and other group hangouts, and maintain proper physical distance at all times.
*Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space.
*Consult their local and state ordinances and guidelines for the most up to date recommendations on park and trail use.
We encourage local jurisdictions to keep parks, trails and open spaces accessible as long as it is safe to do so.
Our local parks, trails and open spaces have always served as places where people can find respite and seek peace and restoration. During this time of uncertainty, these places are needed now more than ever. Our nation’s park and recreation professionals are working hard to maintain these spaces and keep them safe, accessible and benefiting our communities during these challenging times. Let us all do our part to use them in a way that respects each other and public health guidance.