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CAPRA Re-Accreditation
 
Oak Lawn Park District joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning re-accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2018 NRPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.
 
CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency's overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management and administration of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services.
 
As part of the accreditation process, Oak Lawn Park District had to demonstrate compliance with 151 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures. Often the process helps identify efficiencies and heighten areas of accountability, all of which translate into higher quality service and operation to benefit the community.
 
The process for accreditation involves a formal application, self-assessments, a site visit by a team of trained visitors that results in a written report, and a hearing with the commission to grant accreditation. Once accredited, the agency must uphold the standards by submitting an annual report and is reviewed again in five years.
 
The Commission is comprised of representatives from NRPA, the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials, the International City/County Management Association, the Academy for Leisure Sciences, the Armed Forces Recreation Network and the Council of State Executive Directors.
 
For more information about CAPRA accreditation, visit www.nrpa.org/CAPRA.
 
About the National Recreation and Park Association 
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA's flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.
 
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Oak Lawn Park District's Queen of Hearts Raffle

Can you find her? The Oak Lawn Park District is offering a Queen of Hearts Raffle with proceeds benefitting Special Recreation. 

               Tickets are sold at Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets, 5850 W. 103rd St.; Administrative Center, 9400 S. Kenton Ave.; Community Pavilion ,9401 S. Oak Park Ave.; Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave.; Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St.; and Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center, 10444 S. Central Ave. during regular facility hours. Thursday tickets will be sold only at Stony Creek until 5:00pm.   

 

Tickets are $5 each. A lucky winner will be drawn on select Thursdays at Stony Creek. Each winner automatically receives $50.  Pick a Joker or a Queen (not of hearts) and receive an additional $50. The pot is a 50/50 split.

 

               For more information, call 708-857-2433 or visit www.golfstonycreek.com.

 

The pot is currently at $9,055.

 

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FREE Bar Bingo at Stony Creek

 

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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!

 

DJ Night Open Skates at the Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena

You'll LOVE the Friday night dance scene at the Oak Lawn Park District's Ice Arena when you can skate and dance to your favorite requests from our awesome DJ service.

Join us  November 23rd, December 14th, and December 28th from 9:00-10:30pm and start off the weekend dancing and skating with friends. Each night will offer raffles, glow necklaces, candy, or other fun surprises!

Admission is $9.00 and skate rental $3.00

For more information, call 708-857-5173

 


 

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All For One And Fun For All at the Oak Lawn Park District 

Ice Arena

Gather the whole family for an afternoon of fun at the Oak Lawn Park District's Ice Arena located at 9320 S. Kenton Ave.Skate and dance to music provided by our DJ on Sunday, November 25th from 1:00-3:30pm. Admission is $1, and skate rental is FREE (while supplies last). There will also be discounts on winter class registration and raffles. Each family will receive a goodie bag. 

For more information, call 708-857-5173.

 

 

Oak Lawn Park District Trip to See "Wizard of Oz" at the Paramount

The Oak Lawn Park District will head to the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday, December 5th to see a production of "Wizard of Oz".

You may have been to Oz before, but never like this. Stuck on a Kansas farm with her aunt, uncle and dog Toto, Dorothy Gale wishes for a better and more exciting life. When a twister hits, Dorothy is whisked away to the wonderful world of Oz, a fantastical place full of munchkins, a cowardly lion, a tin man with no heart, a living scarecrow, and a wicked witch that will do whatever it takes to stop Dorothy. Participants will enjoy a buffet lunch before the show.

Participants must be 13 years of age or older to attend. Resident fee is $55 and non-resident fee is $65. Departure is from the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., at 10:45 am.

For more information, please call 708-857-2200.

 

Holly Days Figure Skating Exhibition at the 

Oak Lawn Park District's Ice Arena

On Saturday, December 8th, beginning at 1:00pm, watch ice skaters ages 3 and up perform to their favorite holiday songs at the Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena's Holly Days Figure Skating Exhibition. 

This is a FREE event. Attendees can also shop with our vendors, enjoy a free popcorn with drink purchase at our concession stand, and get in the magical spirit of the season.

The Oak Lawn Ice Arena is located at 9320 S. Kenton Ave. For more information or to become a vendor, contact 708-857-5173.

 

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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:

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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