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Oak Lawn Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center to be Honored for Excellence as a 2018 USTA Facility Award Winner

The USTA today announced that the Oak Lawn Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., is one of 24 winners in the 37th annual USTA Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. The Oak Lawn Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Aug. 30.

The Oak Lawn Racquet, Fitness and Gymnastics Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., built in 1972, consists of five indoor lighted courts and 16 Outdoor tennis courts, two of which are lighted. Nine professional tennis players teach and play at Oak Lawn, and some players started their tennis career here. Lessons and leagues are available here for players of beginner to advanced levels. The facility made $100,000 worth of improvements as recently as 2018. The facility hosted one tennis tournament in 2017 with 18 participants.

"Great tennis facilities like the Oak Lawn Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics help us to grow the game at the grass-roots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis," said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, USTA National Campus. "The Oak Lawn Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics has embraced many of our tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of its community each year."

To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation or be a private or commercially owned and operated facility that offers both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.

Facilities were judged on the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities' participation in USTA programs.

Nominated facilities were voted on in the following categories: Public Courts that are either small tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; and Private Facilities that support the USTA and other "growth of the game" programs open to the public.

All 2018 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. In addition, each awardee will receive a one night stay at the Grand Hyatt New York and two US Open Grounds passes.
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Park Renovation Updates
 
Centennial Park
The park is almost complete; the contractor is completing the last few finishing touches. The new LED roller-hockey lights are now operational. Users can depress the push button to activate the lights for a 90 minute interval, the yellow strobe light will flash 1 minute before the lights turn off. The lights are active from sunset until 10:30 p.m.,daily.


 


 
Dillon Park...
is open to the public! The park is located at 101st St. & Oak Center Dr. Enjoy!

Ribbon Cutting is scheduled for 5:30P, Monday, September 10th.


 
 
 
 
Columbus Manor...
is almost complete. The contractor is currently working on restoring and landscaping the park. The new splash pad is operational daily between 9:00 am and 7:00pm.

Ribbon Cutting is scheduled for 5:00P, Monday, October 15th.






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Oak Lawn Park District Kindness Rocks Project
Kindness rocks! This is why the Oak Lawn Park District 
created a Kindness Rocks Projectas a small and simple way to spread kindness throughout our community!
These rocks were created by our patrons and contain a message with words or pictures that promotes kindness and happiness.

Around 75 completed rocks are displayed at designated "rock gardens" located at the Community Pavilion, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., Wolf Wildlife Refuge, 109th & Laramie, and the Community Garden, 5220 W. 105th Street.

Help our project grow! We are encouraging the public to create their own kindness rocks at home and place them in the designated "rock gardens".
The Park District will also continue offering opportunities for our patrons to create kindness rocks at various upcoming special events.
Small acts of kindness can create a huge positive impact! Share your acts of kindness with the Park District using #olpdkindnessrocks.

For more information, please call 708-857-2420.
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Oak Lawn Park District's Queen of Hearts Raffle
The Oak Lawn Park District Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets is offering a Queen of Hearts Raffle.
 
Tickets are sold at Stony Creek (5850 W. 103rd St.), our Administrative Center (9400 S. Kenton Ave.); our Community Pavilion (9401 S. Oak Park Ave.); the Ice Arena (9320 S. Kenton Ave.); Oak View Center (4625 W. 110th St.); or the Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center (10444 S. Central Ave.) during regular facility hours. 
 
A lucky winner will be drawn each Monday at 6:00pm. This is a 50-50 split with proceeds benefiting Special Recreation.
 
The pot is currently at $6,145.
 
For more information, call 708-857-2433 or visit www.golfstonycreek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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NEW Bar Bingo and Bar Trivia at Stony Creek
 

Stony Creek Summer Grill Specials
While you are at Stony Creek purchasing your Queen of Hearts Raffle Ticket, stay for a bite to eat!  
Check out our Summer Grill Specials below:

Salmon Burger:  $7.99
Patty Melt:  $5.99
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich:  $5.99
Tuna Sandwich:  $5.99
Spring Rolls:  $4.99
Pot Stickers:  $4.99
Cheesecake or Chocolate Cake (Depending on availability):  $2.50
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General Feedback
At the Oak Lawn Park District, we value and appreciate our customers. 
Please share your most recent customer service experience with us by completing our Customer Satisfaction Survey found on the homepage of our website, www.olparks.com or by clicking HERE.

Thank you in advance for your feedback.
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events you won't want to miss!
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Oak Lawn Park District Tennis
Stay active while staying cool at the Oak Lawn Park District Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center.
Enjoy the facility's air-conditioned courts and improve your tennis skills by participating in drills and classes. Drill and class information can be found at www.olparks.com.
The Racquet Center is located at 10444 S. Central Ave., Oak Lawn, IL 60453.
For more information, please email Michelle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 
call 708-857-2215.
 
Oak Lawn Park District's FREE Patron Passport Program
Did you know that the Oak Lawn Park District has over 20 playgrounds? 
Discover them all by participating in our free Patron Passport Program.
The program is designed to encourage members of our community to visit all of our parks and enjoy recreation outdoors. The Oak Lawn Park District supports many initiatives to get kids and families back outside, enjoying nature, and recreating together.
Each participating family is required to pick up a passport program and register their household by visiting any Park District facility. Register today using code #500000 and begin your journey to great prizes. The challenge will continue until you submit your completed passport to the Oak View Center.
Follow us @oaklawnparkdistrict on Instagram and use #oaklawnparkdistrict to share your awesome park and recreation photos with us. Your photos may even appear in Oak Lawn Park District promotional materials.
For more information, please call 708-857-2200.
 

Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre Production of
"Legends of Rock and Roll"
Tickets are available for the Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre's production of "Legends of Rock and Roll."
The production will run at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., on Friday, September 21, Saturday, September 22, Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29,at 8:00pm. It will also run on Sunday, September 23 and Sunday, September 30, at 3:00pm.
Tickets are $23 for adults and $22 for children, 12 and under, and seniors, 60 and over. Tickets are available at the Oak View Center, by phone at 708-857-2200, or online at www.showtix4u.com.
For more information, please call 708-857-2200.

 
Oak Lawn Park District Annual Spookview Event
Get in the Halloween spirit at the Oak Lawn Park District's Annual Spookview event. Join us at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., on Saturday, October 20th, from 11:00am-4:00pm, for an afternoon perfect for the whole family.
Activities include a costume parade, ghoulish games, eerie crafts, magic, inflatables, and a performance by Oak Lawn's "IndepenDANCE" dance team. All-inclusive wristbands are $10 for the first child and $5 per additional child.
For more information, please call 708-857-2200 or visit our website at www.olparks.com.
 
Service Spotlight
 
Job and Internship Openings
Looking for a job or an internship? Click HERE to check out available job and internship positions at the Oak Lawn Park District.
 
Facebook
"Like" the Oak Lawn Park District on Facebook today. We are constantly updating our Facebook page with pictures, upcoming events, programs and services.
 
Click HERE to go to our Facebook page.
 
Instagram
Our Instagram account is going strong! be sure to give us a follow @oaklawnparkdistrict to keep up with our upcoming events!

...the Park District currently operates:

Aquatics (Central Pool & Centennial Aquatic Center)

Centennial Aquatic Center features Flume Slide, Plunge Slide, Diving Board, wading pool,

sand volley ball court, splash Pad and Party Pavilion for rent.

Central Pool features wading pool, diving board and sun deck.

1 splash pad at Centennial Aquatic Center, 1 splash pad at Memorial Park, Water Features at Sullivan Park, Wolfe Wildlife and Phillips.

1 indoor, year-round ice arena with seating for 1100. Facility includes a concession stand and 3 multi-use rooms for off-ice fitness and other activities/rentals.

1 community pavilion with weight room/exercise equipment, 4 indoor basketball courts, 9 volleyball courts, and has an 1/8 of a mile indoor walking/running track. 1 fitness studio, 1 program room, indoor playground, indoor soccer. It also holds or houses small trade shows and expos and well as athletic tournaments.

1 Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center equipped with 5 courts for tennis, 3 racquet/wallyball courts, 2 party rooms, 3 baseball/softball hitting & pitching cages, fitness center, Ninja Training Course, a gymnastics

center, pickle ball and badminton courts.

1 golf course, 18-hole, adjacent to a driving range and miniature golf course and clubhouse which seats 100. They also have 2 golf simulators. 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, 5 tot lots, 17 playgrounds, 19 baseball fields, 4 picnic areas, 8 sand volleyball courts, 1 soccer field, 16 outdoor basketball courts, 1 bike path, 1 skate park, 2 splash pads, 16 tennis courts, 1 museum, and 1 pickle ball court.

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, recreation programs and preschool; Menard Activity Center for programs and rentals; Dream Center, the home to many of our special recreation programs; Little White Building located in Lake Shore Park used for recreation programs and preschool; the Maintenance business office and garage; and David Johnston Center for rentals.

Our 3 natural areas are: Oak Lawn 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 45.7 acres.

...The only facility where alcohol is served is the golf course. Centennial Softball Fields is an additional place where alcohol is served.

...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. It is an International size rink.

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 are 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.

Gotta Get Gardening, Aquatics, Bailey’s Crossing, Community Theatre, and Preschool Playtime.

EMPLOYMENT

...The Park District employs a staff of 54 full time and 370 part time employees. There are approximately 235 seasonal employees.

...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 $2.9 million of grant money in the past 3 years.

...The Oak Lawn Park District’s operating budget for 2018/19 is $10.2 million. The budget for capital projects and debt service is $3.1 million. The fiscal year of the District runs from May 1st to April 30th.

…The Park District has 14 different Facebook pages that you can follow. The pages include General, Special Recreation, All Inclusive Playground, Gymnastics, Ice Arena, Nature Program, Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center, Stony Creek Golf and Banquet Complex, Community Pavilion, Gotta Get Gardening, Aquatics, Bailey’s Crossing, Community Theatre, and Preschool Playtime.

…Follow us on Instagram @oaklawnparkdistrict or use #oaklawnparkdistrict.

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 8/31/18

 
 
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