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Monthly News & Updates
 All Inclusive Playground
The Oak Lawn Park District was a recent recipient of a $300,000 playground matching grant through Illinois Park and Recreation Association, Playcore and their affiliated GameTime and Cunningham Recreation. The grant will be used for an All Inclusive Playground project at Columbus Manor Park, 99th & Moody Ave, in Oak Lawn. It will be one of the first inclusive playgrounds in the state of Illinois.

An inclusive playground will help the Park 
District to continue the mission of enhancing recreational opportunities, not only for people
with disabilities, but for the entire community.
 
In addition,it is the Park District's hope that this inclusive playground aids in developing attitudes that promote tolerance and appreciation of differences; everyone can be together and have fun regardless of ability level.
 
Fundraising efforts have begun. If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring, an All Inclusive Playground Sponsorship Pamphlet can be found HERE.  
Please contact the Administrative Office at 708-857-2225 with any questions.

The Oak Lawn Park District will hold an informational presentation about proposed renovations for Columbus Manor on Monday, March 27th at 6:00pm, at Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets (5850 West 103rd Street). We would like resident input.
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Volleyball for Charity
 
Play
For more information, or to register your team click HERE.
 
Volunteer
Volleyball for Charity is looking for volunteer scorekeepers and officials.The tournament is Saturday, April 22nd from 8:00am - 4:00pm. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, concessions throughout the day and (1) After Party ticket. (If you volunteer for the full day you will receive (2) After Party tickets). Locations include Community Pavilion, Mother McAuley High School, and Frontier Park.
 
Volunteer shifts are:
  • 8:00am - 12:00pm 
  • 11:30am - 4:00pm
  • Full day from 8:00am - 4:00pm 
Please contact Tracey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 708-857-2225, if you or someone you know would like to volunteer.
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Oak Lawn Park District Adopt-A-Flowerbed Program
Spring is in the air! The Oak Lawn Park District is looking for individuals or groups to adopt a flowerbed in one of the many locations available throughout Oak Lawn.

The adopt-a-flowerbed program runs May through September. Choose a garden, availability may be limited, and the Park District will provide the plants. Adopters will plant in their designated garden and keep up the maintenance, including weeding, while the Park District will water.

A registration form and more information can be found at www.olparks.com. Any questions can be directed to Dolly Foster, Oak Lawn Park District Horticulturist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oak Lawn Community Garden
The Oak Lawn Community Garden is currently accepting registrations for the 2017 season.This is a cooperative project between the Oak Lawn Park District, School District 123, and the Village of Oak Lawn. The garden is located at the corner of 104th and Cook Ave.

Grow your own produce or sign up to be a Pantry Garden volunteer and grow produce for local food pantries.In the 2016 season, Oak Lawn Community Garden donated 350 pounds of produce to local charities. The 2017 goal is to double that donation.
Allotments to rent are limited in availability.

More information can be found at www.olparks.com or by emailing Dolly Foster, Oak Lawn Park District Horticulturist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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FREE Financial Workshops (Ages: 18 & Up)
Help gain fundamental knowledge on the financial topics that matter most in your life. These sessions are developed to give you a better understanding of your options as you move toward your financial goals.FREE program but registration is required. Handouts will be given out at each of the financial workshops. Please contact David MacDonald with questions regarding registration. 
Location: Oak View Center
Instructor: Edward Jones Financial Advisor Katie Cimonetti
Code                     Days                      Date                      Time                      Res/NR
Theme: Know Your Employers Retirement Plan Options
402501-2              Th                           3/23                       6:00P                       FREE
Theme: Health Care & Your Retirement
402501-3              Th                           4/06                       6:00P                       FREE
Theme: Social Security: Your Questions Answered 
402501-4              Th                           4/20                       6:00P                       FREE
Theme: Tax-free Investing
402501-5              Th                           5/11                       6:00P                       FREE
Theme: College: Getting There From Here
402501-6              Th                           5/25                       6:00P                       FREE
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events you won't want to miss!

Fish Fry Fridays at Oak Lawn Park District's Stony Creek Restaurant & Banquets     
Make Stony Creek Restaurant & Banquet Facility, 5850 W. 103rd St in Oak Lawn, your Friday
hot-spot for dinner at Fish Fry Fridays. Open seating is from 3:00-8:00pm, 
January 20 through April 14. The all you care to eat menu price includes freshly made creamy Clam Chowder,Stony Creek garden salad, homemade coleslaw, lightly seasoned and breaded fresh fish, homemade hushpuppies, and baked potato.  Shrimp po' boy made to order for $6.95 a sandwich. $10 domestic beer buckets.
The cost is $12.95 for adults and $7.95 for children, ages 10 and under. Tax and gratuity are not included in price. A cash bar is available.
For more information, contact 708-857-2433.
 
Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre Production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
Tickets are available for the Oak Lawn Park District Community Theatre Production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
The production will run at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., on  Friday, March 17 at8:00pm, Saturday, March 18 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, March 19 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.olparks.com.
For more information please call 708-857-2200.
 
Caption: (Top to bottom) Pictured is Aron Arellano as Joseph and Jen Lenihan, as the narrator in the Oak Lawn Park District's Community Theatre Production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

Oak Lawn Park District's Green and White Skate
Come out to the Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena's Green and White Skate Event on Sunday, March 19, from 1:00-2:30pm.
Enjoy an afternoon of skating, a dance performance, raffles and music provided by our DJ.          
The Ice Arena is located at 9320 S. Kenton Avenue.  The fee for this event is $7.00 for admission and $3.00 for skate rental.
For more information, please contact 708-857-5173.

StoryWalk Featuring the Children's Book "Twister," By Darleen Bailey Beard
Friday, March 31st, from 1:30-2:30pm
Families and all ages are welcome! To commemorate the 50th 
anniversary of the Oak Lawn Tornado, we will present "Twister," by Darleen Bailey Beard. Read the story with staff, make a craft, and learn about this amazing weather phenomenon. Meet at Lake Shore Park, 9610 E. Shore Drive. Pre-registration is encouraged by using code: 416401-01 
StoryWalk transforms the pages of a children's storybook into signs placed sequentially along the walking trail at Lake Shore Park. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and Kellogg Hubbard Library. Program is brought to you by the Oak Lawn Park District and the Oak Lawn Public Library.

Oak Lawn Park District's Dog'Gone Easter Egg Hunt
Bring your pooch and join the Oak Lawn Park District for the new Easter Egg Hunt for dogs.
The event will take place at Bailey's Crossing Dog Park, 9910 S. Melvina Ave., on Saturday, April 1st, from 10:00am-12:30pm!
Enjoy a variety of vendors, prizes, doggie contests (including a best costume contest) and much more! There is a leash requirement for this event. Donations of dog toys, food, and treats will be collected for local animal shelters.
Pre-registration is required by Friday, March 24th using code 316301-01.
The fee is $5 per household.
For more information, please visit www.olparks.com or call 708-857-2200.
 
Oak Lawn Park District's Annual Egg Hunt
Come out to the Oak Lawn Park District's Stony Creek Golf Course,
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 5850 W. 103rd St., on Saturday, April 8th, for the annual Easter Egg Hunt that includes an age-segmented, search for eggs, along with a craft project and a visit with the Easter Bunny.
Let the Park District capture a photo of your child with the Easter Bunny, which will be available for view after the event at www.olparks.com. Registration ends March 31st. Pre-registration is required for admittance to this event.  Please arrive at the start of the program. No rain date.
Fee is $6 for residents and $12 for non-residents. Two egg hunts for ages 2-8 year olds are available from either 10:00-11:00 am or 1:30-2:30 pm.                  
For more information, please contact 708-857-2200.     
 
Oak Lawn Park District's EGGcellent Open Gym
Don't fight the nasty weather outside to celebrate Easter. Come
 join the Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center, 10444 S. Central Ave., for the Most EGGcellent Easter event on Saturday, April 8th.
The day will include special Easter activities for children who will have the opportunity to explore the gymnastics gym and work off some of that extra energy by crawling, jumping, climbing and swinging around indoors.  Children can meet the Easter Bunny and do an Easter craft. Each child will receive a goodie-bag with healthy snacks in it The fee is $10 per child. Time and ages are asfollows: 9:00-10:00am for ages 1-5, 10:15-11:15am for ages 1-5, 11:30am-12:30pm for ages 4-8, 1:00-2:00pm for all ages, or 2:15-3:15pm for
all ages.
Parents are required to stay with their children during the event. 
For more information, please contact 708-857-2215.   
 
Oak Lawn Park District's Skate with the Easter Bunny
Not only will you find the Easter Bunny hopping around the Oak Lawn Park District, but you will also find this furry friend ice skating at the Ice Arena's Skate with the Easter Bunny event, from 11:30am-1:00pm, on Saturday, April 15.
Join us for a special Open Skate as our favorite Springtime pal visits on and off the ice. Music will be provided by our DJ.
$7.00 admission and $3.00 skate rental. Ice Arena is located at 9320 S. Kenton Avenue.
For more information, please contact 708-857-5173.
 
Oak Lawn Park District Spring Golf Scramble
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FORE! Register today for the Oak Lawn Park District's Stony Creek Golf
 Course Spring FourPerson Golf Scramble. Grab your clubs for an 8:00am shotgun start on Saturday, April 15.
Open to all golfers looking to have fun! The fee is $45 per player and includes green fee, cart fee, range balls, lunch, and prizes. Stony Creek Golf Course is located at 5850 W. 103rd Street.
For more information, please contact 708-857-2433.
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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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...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, 8 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, 3 racquet/wallyball courts,
2 party rooms, 3 baseball hitting & pitching cages, 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, 19 baseball fields, 4 picnic areas, 8 sand volleyball courts,
4 soccer fields, 16 outdoor basketball courts, 1 bike path, 1 skate park, 2 splash pads, 16 tennis courts, 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 45.7 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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