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Upcoming Park District Activities

 

 

 
Summer 2017 Program Guide

Resident Registration began Monday, May 1. 
 
Non-resident Registration begins Monday, May 15.

Register online today or stop in at any facility.  Please also find a digital version of the program guide at www.olparks.com.

You can also check out our 2017 Summer Camp Guide by clicking HERE.
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All Inclusive Playground
Fundraising efforts continue for the All Inclusive Playground at Columbus Manor.

NEW! You can now Donate to the All Inclusive Playground! Any amount is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.

An All Inclusive Playground Sponsorship Pamphlet can be found HERE

For more information, please contact the Administrative Office at 708-857-2225.
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Oak Lawn Community Garden Ribbon Cutting
The Oak Lawn Community Garden is complete! Help us celebrate by attending the Oak Lawn Community Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, May 8th, at 6:00pm, at the corner of 104th and Cook Ave.
Come and see the 45 allotments and 28 pantry beds that have been built within the last year.
This is a cooperative project between the Oak Lawn Park District, School District 123, and the Village of Oak Lawn. Registered participants are allotted a space to grow their own produce or there is a pantry garden available for volunteers to grow produce and then donate it to local food pantries.  In the 2016 season the Community Garden donated 350 pounds of produce to local charities.
For more information, please call 708-857-2201.
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Stony Creek Weekly Restaurant Specials
Taco Tuesdays: Enjoy tacos, chips & salsa, and margarita specials!
Pizza Wednesdays: Homemade thin-crust pizzas by our chef.
Burger Thursdays: $5 Half-pound burgers with several topping options.
Stop in today! 
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Oak Lawn Park District Adopt-A-Flowerbed Program
Help keep our parks beautiful! 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 and the Park District will prepare and provide the plants. Adopters will plant in their designated garden and keep up the maintenance, including weeding, while the Park District will water. Gardens can be planted for fun or as a memorial.
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..
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events you won't want to miss!

FREE Financial Workshops (Ages: 18 & Up)
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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: College: Getting There From Here
402501-6      Th              5/25                6:00P                   FREE
 
Oak Lawn Park District's Kids to Parks Day & Family Bike Ride
Gather the family for a fun, outdoor event with the Oak Lawn Park District. Celebrate National Bike Month and Kids to Parks Day with a Family Bike Ride on Saturday, May 20th, from 1:00-3:00P, at Little Wolfe, 107th & Laramie.
Bring your bicycle and helmet to compete in Bike Rodeo activities. There will be music, sports and recreation equipment, and raffles for all to enjoy!
KTP Day is a nation-wide day of outdoor play organized by National Park Trust (NPT) in cooperation with a host of local and national collaborators.
For more information, call 708-857-2200.

Oak Lawn Park District Outdoor Pools Schedule for Summer
Summer is right around the corner and the Oak Lawn Park District
 is here to help keep you cool. 
Central Pool, 9400 S. Kenton Ave., opens Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 27 - Monday, May 29, from 12:00-5:00P, and May 30 - June 2, from 4:00-8:00P. This location features a diving board and wading pool.
Centennial Aquatic Center, 94th & Nashville Ave., opens Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, from 12:00-5:00P. This location features a 42" open flume water slide, 32" drop slide, diving board, wading pool, splash pad, and sand volleyball court.
Central Pool's phone number is 708-857-8051, and Centennial Aquatic Center's phone number is 708-599-4941.
For fees, hours of operation, and more information, please visit www.olparks.com or call 708-857-2225.
 
Oak Lawn Park District Trip to Horseshoe Casino
Try your luck at the Horseshoe Casino with the Oak Lawn Park District on Tuesday, June 6th.
Enjoy round-trip transportation on the Starlight Express, five hours of game play, and a free buffet.  Participants must bring a valid state ID., be ages 21 or older, and have an email account.
Departure is at 10:00am from the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. Return to the Oak View Center at 5:30pm.  The fee for residents is $30 and $40 for non-residents.
For more information, call 708-857-2200.

Oak Lawn Park District Route 66 Tour
Join the Oak Lawn Park District for "A few kicks on Route 66". Travel along the original world-famous Rt. 66 from Joliet to Pontiac on Tuesday, July 11th. Take a photo at iconic places like the Polk-A-Dot Restaurant, the Gemini Giant, and many others. Hear the history of the famous road and towns along the way. There will be museum stops in Joliet and Pontiac. Lunch will be served at Bernardi's Restaurant. Each participant will receive an Illinois Rt. 66 map!
Departure is at 8:30am from the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. Return to the Oak View Center at 5:30pm.  The fee for residents is $79 and $89 for non-residents.
For more information, call 708-857-2200.
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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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