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Upcoming Park District Activities

 

 

Monthly News & Updates
 
Fall 2017 Program Guide & Registration
 
Fall Resident Registration is going on now! Sign up for fun activities perfect for all ages!   
 
Registration Dates:
Resident Registration began Monday, July 31.
Non-Resident Registration begins Monday, August 14.

Register online at www.olparks.com or at a Park District Facility.

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Instagram
We want to be more social! Follow the Oak Lawn Park District on Instagram @oaklawnparkdistrict! If you participate in any of our events, programs, or services, share your park and recreation pictures with us! We may even feature your pictures in our promotional materials! Make sure to use the hashtag #oaklawnparkdistrict. 
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All Inclusive Playground Chipotle Fundraiser
An All Inclusive Playground will help us to continue our mission of enhancing recreational opportunities, not only for people with disabilities, but for the entire community. Help us raise funds by purchasing any item at Chipotle of Oak Lawn (two locations) on
Friday, August 18th. Just make sure to mention the Oak Lawn Park District or to bring the following flyer with at your time of purchase on Friday, August 18th so that we receive 50% of the proceeds from your purchase! Click HERE for the flyer.  All monies raised will go directly to our All Inclusive Playground!
 
A Ground Breaking for the All Inclusive Playground at Columbus Manor will be held at 6:00pm, on Monday, September 11th.
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Special Recreation Family Swim 
Special Recreation Family Swim is available on Sunday mornings, from 9:30-11:20am, at the Oak Lawn Park District's Centennial Aquatic Center (94th & Nashville). The fee is $5 per family.
For more information, please call 708-857-2225.
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Oak Lawn Park District's Community 15 Million Steps Challenge
The Oak Lawn Park District's 15 Million Step Challenge has officially reached it's community goal of 15 million steps for the summer! Thanks to such a great participant turnout, we were able to reach this goal in only 34 days! Each individual's summer goal is still set at 900,000 steps. In the meantime, we would like to issue a new challenge to double our original summer goal for a total of 30 million community steps! We know we can do it, so let's see just how far our community can "step" past this challenge before summer's end!
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Oak Lawn Park District's Centennial Park Renovations
The Oak Lawn Park District's Centennial Park, 93rd & Nashville, will receive 
major renovations beginning Monday, August 7th, 2017, thanks to a $400,000 OSLAD grant and $80,000 DCEO grant.
 
Renovations will include four new softball fields that will radiate out from a
central concessions stand and bathroom facility,LED lighting throughout the park (LED sport lighting in the softball fields, sand volleyball courts, and inline hockey rink) and all new walking paths. The sand volleyball court located along 93rd & Oak Park Ave., will receive an additional 3rd court along with new fencing, curbing, accessible pathways, and benches. Exercise stations will be added, the soccer field will be re-graded to increase storm-water retention, and an informational native tree area will be planted on the east end. A disc golf practice area with two practice holes and a practice throw area will be added adjacent to the basketball court, and two bean bag courts will be added near the existing picnic shelter adjacent to the ball fields.
 
Given the scope of work, a majority of the park will be fenced off including the softball fields, sand volleyball courts along Oak Park Ave., the playground with zip Line, both picnic shelters, and the soccer field. 
 
This work is scheduled to continue through the winter and re-open in May 2018. The second phase of construction will then begin May 2018 with an anticipated completion date of July 2018. The balance of the project is being funded by the Park District's Capital Projects Fund, no debt or new taxes will be used for this project. 
 
For more information, please call 708-857-2225.
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Fall Tot Programs 
Looking for an educational way for your children to have fun? Our Fall Tot Program provides children 18 months-5 years old a fun time with children their own ages. All classes go from September-December, and are located at the Oak View Center 4625 W 110th Street. 
Click HERE for the flyer. 
 
For more information, please call (708) 857-2220 or visit our website www.olparks.com 
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Customer Service Survey 
The Oak Lawn Park District strives to provide our patrons with top notch customer service. In order to ensure that we are reaching this goal, we would appreciate you taking the time to complete the following Customer Service Survey.

This survey can be filled out anonymously, just skip the first two questions OR answer all questions to be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a (one) Stony Creek Golf Course Gift Card Good for a Twosome of Golf with Golf Cart, please fill out your name and phone number. Deadline is Monday, August 28th. FULL SURVEY MUST BE COMPLETED to be entered into the raffle.

Find the Customer Service Survey by clicking HERE.
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Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets Specials



Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events you won't want to miss!
 
Summer Concerts and Movies on the Village Green 
Enjoy a FREE summer movie or concert on the Village Green. For a full listing of movies and concerts, click HERE
 
Oak Lawn Park District Beach Blizzard Event - New $5 Admission
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for a detailed agenda!
Enjoy some "cool" fun in the sun before school starts! Bring your mittens and bathing suit to the Oak Lawn Park District for the Ice Arena's Annual Beach Blizzard event on Friday, August 4, from 5:30-10:00P.
Activities will include a Figure Skating Exhibition at the Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave., from 5:30-7:30P Open Swimat Central Pool, 9400 S Kenton Ave from 6:00-8:30 pm along with a snow pile for leisure play outdoors in front of Central Pool.     
In anticipation for this year's Winter Olympics, the theme is "On to Glory: Winter Olympics Preview." Participants can open ice skate, play games, and get information and introductions to winter sports like speed skating and figure skating from 7:30-10:00 pm. Kids can receive free mini- lessons and participate in a Speed Skating race judged by Skates, the mascot for the Chicago Wolves hockey team at 7:30 pm (pre-registration is required).
The fee per person is $5 and includes participation in all activities.
For more information, please call 708-857-5173.
 
Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre Production of "Pippin"
Tickets are available for the Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre's production of "Pippin."
The production will run at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., on Friday, August 4th, Saturday, August 5th, Friday, August 11th, and Saturday, August 12th at 8:00pm. It will also run on Sunday, August 6th and Sunday, August 13th 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 Monarch Festival
Save the date for the Oak Lawn Park District's 2nd Annual Monarch Festival sponsored by Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant Mary Beth Swibes, on Saturday, September 16th, from 2:00-5:00pm. 

This Illinois Parks and Recreation Association Outstanding Special Event Award winning festival will be held indoors and outdoors at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., and will bring much needed awareness to the issues that Monarch butterflies face today. Participants will learn how to assist in the preservation of the Monarch butterfly species and our environment. 
 
Admission is FREE. 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.
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 21st, from 1:00-5:00pm, 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" 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.
 
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"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.
 

...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,
8 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, a gymnastics
center, and 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 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, 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: 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 45.7 acres.

...The only facility where alcohol is served is the golf course.  In 2018,  Centennial Softball Fields
will be an additional place where alcohol is served. 

...Stony Creek has their own website at www.golfstonycreek.com.

Home to the lady slipper orchid which is found in only two other spots in Illinois.

...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.

EMPLOYMENT

...The Park District employs a staff of 55 full time and 380 part time employees. There are approximately
247 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 $3,059,000 dollars of grant money in the past 3 years.

...The Oak Lawn Park District’s operating budget for 2017/18 is $10.4 million. Capital projects budget  
and debt service is $8.6 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 6/21/17

 
 
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