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Upcoming Park District Activities

 

 

Monthly News & Updates
Winter Program Guide
The 2017-2018 Winter Program Guide will be delivered to Oak Lawn Resident households the week of October 16th.
 
Winter Resident Registration will begin Monday, October 30th.
Winter Non-Resident Registration will begin Monday, November 13th.
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Oak Lawn Park District All Inclusive Playground Ground Breaking
A Ground Breaking for the Oak Lawn Park District's All Inclusive Playground at Columbus Manor, 99th & Moody Ave., was held on Monday, September 11th, at 6:00pm.
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.
$51,600.36 has currently been raised and fundraising efforts continue. If your organization is interested in sponsoring this All Inclusive Playground or for more information, please call 708-857-2225. 
 
 
(Pictured: left to right) In attendance at Oak Lawn Park District's All Inclusive Playground Ground Breaking Ceremony was Oak Lawn Chamber President Vicki Scanlon, Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Lisa Boland, State Representative Kelly Burke, Oak Lawn Park District Superintendent of Finance Phil Costello, Oak Lawn Village Trustee Terry Vorderer, Oak Lawn Village Clerk Jane Quinlan, Oak Lawn Park District Superintendent of Parks Joel Craig, Oak Lawn Park District Executive Director Maddie Kelly, Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Gary Callahan, Oak Lawn Park District Board President Donna McCauley, Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Mary Pat Coughlin, Village of Oak Lawn Trustee Bob Streit, and Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Jim Buschbach.
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Oak Lawn Park District's Centennial Park Renovations
Centennial's construction is under way! A member of the community is keeping track of the renovations and has started a Facebook page to show the progress! Click HERE to see what's happening!
For more information, please call 708-857-2225.
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15 Million Step Challenge Update 
Our first Community 15 Million Step Challenge ended on Friday, September 22nd. Participants finished with a total of 38,500,000 community steps! This is more than double our summer goal of 15 million steps and equates to approximately 16,500 miles! WOW. Great job everyone and A huge congratulation to The "most steps" winner Nella Uher who completed 1,529,003 steps.
 
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events you won't want to miss!

StoryWalk Special Event
The Oak Lawn Public Library and Oak Lawn Park District are proud to partner together to bring you StoryWalk®. This unique and FREE program transforms the pages of a children's storybook into signs placed sequentially along the walking trail at Lake Shore Park (9610 E. Shore Dr.). 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.
Each season a new children's storybook is showcased. Join us on Monday, October 9th, from 1:00-2:00pm, and enjoy a free craft, refreshments and snacks while you read this season's book, "The Busy Little Squirrel", by Nancy Tafuri.
Register today using Code: 216401-02 at the Oak Lawn Public Library or the Oak Lawn Park District.
For more information, please call 708-857-2200.
 
Oak Lawn Park District Starved Rock Trip
trekking_in_woods.jpgTake in the colors of the new season as the Oak Lawn Park District heads to Starved Rock on Tuesday, October 10th.
Tour includes a relaxing trolley ride, a hot lunch in our dining room and a guided hike to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. The hike on this tour is less than a mile and takes 45 minutes. Participants will be picked up at 9:15am and dropped off at 5:00pm at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th Street. Fee for residents is $50 and $60 for non-residents. 
For more information, please call 708-857-2200.
 
 
Fall Three-Person Golf Scramble at Oak Lawn Park District's Stony Creek Golf Course
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Enjoy the fall season at the Oak Lawn Park District's Stony Creek Golf Course, 5850 W. 103rd Street.
Sign up today for the Fall Three-Person Scramble on Saturday, October 14th, with a shotgun start of 8:00am. Fee is $45 per player ($135/team) and includes greens fee, cart fee, range balls, lunch, drink ticket and prizes.
Registration is required. Registration deadline is Thursday, October 12th.
For more information, please call 708-857-2433.


Oak Lawn Park District's 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.
 
 
Oak Lawn Park District Collecting Treats for Troops
The Oak Lawn Park District's Ice Arena will hold its 7th Annual 
Treats for Troops collection throughout themonth of October.
Participants of the Ice Arena's Rising Stars Skating School, run by Program Supervisor Mary Hensley, will decorate treat bags and collect Halloween candy to be sent to the troops.
The public is also encouraged to participate by dropping off bags of candy to the Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave, 
by Friday, November 3rd.
An opportunity to decorate treat bags and collect for the troops will also be available at the Park District's Spookview event at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St., on Saturday, October 21st, from 1:00-5:00pm. All candy collected will be 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.  Last year over 500 pounds of treats were collected.
"We are forever grateful that our community has responded so generously throughout the years.  It is heartwarming to see this multitude of people come together to say thank you!", says Mary Hensley. 
For more information on donating to the troops, please contact 708-857-5173.
 
 
Super Hero & Costume Skate at Oak Lawn Park District
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Celebrate Halloween with some indoor fun at the Oak Lawn Park District's Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave.,on Sunday, October 29th,
from 1:00-2:30pm.
Bring the whole family and show off your costumes while enjoying some spooky music provided by our DJ. Everyone will receive treats!
Admission is FREE for police officers, firefighters, military and healthcare professionals, with ID, for being every day Super Heroes. $7 admission for ages 5 & up, and $5 admission for ages 4 & under. Free admission to all participants in Fall group Learn to Skate classes.  $3.00 skate rental.
For more information, please call 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.
 
Facebook
"Like" the Oak Lawn Park District on Facebook today. We are constantly updating our Facebook page with pictures, upcoming events, programs and services.
 
Instagram
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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