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Monthly News & Updates
Oak Lawn Park District Treats for Troops Collection
 

Caption: Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena's Rising Star Skating School students are surrounded by over 600 pounds of candy collected for Treats for Troops.
Throughout the month of October and up until Monday, November 13th, participants of the Ice Arena's Rising Stars Skating School along with the general public decorated treat bags and donated candy. All candy collected was sent to the Park District's Veterans Care Package Coordinator, Miss Jackie Connelly, who has been collecting and packaging goodies for distribution to the troops for over 10 years.  
Thank you to all who donated.
For more information on donating to the troops, please contact 708-857-2200.
 
Tis the Season of Giving! Keep in Mind Our All Inclusive Playground Fundraiser

We continue to raise funds for the Park District's All Inclusive Playground at Columbus Manor, 99th & Moody. This playground will help us continue our mission of enhancing recreational opportunities, not only for people with disabilities, but for the entire community. 
 
No donation is too small! Donate today by clicking HERE.
 
New Open Swim/Lap Swim Availability at Oak Lawn Community High School
The Oak lawn Park District is offering Open Swim/Lap Swim at the Oak Lawn Community High School from December 26th-December 29th, from 1:00pm-3:00pm and from January 2nd-January 5th, from 1:00pm-3:00pm. The fee is $3.00 for residents and $6.00 for non-residents.  Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please call 708-857-2225.
 
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events you won't want to miss!
 
Oak Lawn Ice Arena Skate with Santa Family Fun Event
Get a chance to tell Santa how good you have been this year by attending the Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena's Skate with Santa event.
Stop by the Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave., on Sunday, December 17th, from 1:00-2:30pm, to visit Santa on and off the ice while our DJ provides your favorite holiday music selections. Also enjoy goodie bags and raffles.
Admission is $7 and skate rental is $3.  Concessions will be available.
For more information, please call 708-857-5173.
 
 
Oak Lawn Park District Gingerbread House Class
Make this holiday season special by creating 
a gingerbread house with your child at the Oak Lawn Park District's Stony Creek Restaurant & Banquets, located at 5850 W. 103rd St.
This fun and delicious Gingerbread House class is on 
Tuesday, December 19th, from 6:00-8:00pm, for ages 2 and up.
Instructions and materials are included. There will be one gingerbread house per child.  The fee is $20.
Register today! Call 708-857-2200.
 
 
Oak Lawn Park District Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt
Participate in the Oak Lawn Park District's Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt for a night full of indoor crafts, cookies, hot cocoa, and an outdoor hunt for candy canes!
Activities will take place at Stony Creek Golf Course, 5850 W. 103rd St., on Thursday, December 21st, from 6:00-7:00pm.
The fee for residents is $5 and the fee for non-residents is $8. Please dress for the weather.
Register today! Call 708-857-2200.
 
 
Oak Lawn Ice Arena's Kids Countdown Skate Camp
Get ready for fun on and off the ice at the Oak Lawn 
Park District Ice Arena's Kids Countdown Troll Skate Camp.
Camp runs Tuesday, December 26th through Friday, December 29th, from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Oak Lawn Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave. Daily activities include skating lessons, group routine practice, crafts and games. Participants will perform a group routine at the Kids Countdown Event at 12:30pm, on Sunday, December 31st.
The fee is $99 per camper. Register online or at any facility using code 211100-01.
For more information, contact 708-857-5173.
 
 
Oak Lawn Ice Arena New Year's Eve Kids' Countdown
The Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena's 12th Annual New Year's Eve Kids' Countdown event will take place on Sunday, December 31st, from 10:45am-1:30pm, at 9320 S. Kenton Ave.
Guests receive a party hat and noisemaker, and can enjoy raffles and music provided by our DJ.
Over 500 balloons will drop on the ice after the countdown finishes at 12:00pm. Come early as this is our most popular holiday event.
Admission is $7 and skate rental is $3 (while supplies last). Concessions will be available.
For more information, please call 708-857-5173.
 
 
Oak Lawn Park District New Year Fitness Event (Click HERE for a flyer)
It's time to start the New Year off right! Get up and
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 moving in 2018 by joining the Oak Lawn Park District's New Year Fitness event from Monday, January 1st through Saturday,
March 31st.
Fitness challenge participants will receive a t-shirt, enjoy discounts on most Oak View Center (4625 W. 110th St.) and Community Pavilion (9401 S. Oak Park Ave.) winter fitness classes, and have chances to win great prizes.
During the event, participants can also purchase discounted gym memberships at the Community Pavilion and the Racquet, Fitness, & Gymnastics Center, 10444 S. Central Ave.
Register today using code 500500-02. Fee is $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents.
Please check our website, www.olparks.com for more information.
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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Our Instagram account is going strong! be sure to give us a follow @oaklawnparkdistrict to keep up with our upcoming events!
 
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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