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75th Anniversary

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The Oak Lawn Park District is 75 years old!
On November 28, 1944, voters approved the formation of an Oak Lawn Park District, which was sponsored by the Oak Lawn Lions Club and School District 123's PTA. This new park district helped mold key contributions to postwar Oak Lawn.

The first park board was elected with one member from each of the organizations that sponsored its formation. Our first board members were: Roland J. Beckley, Harvey Bergeson, Lucille C. Gaddis, John C. Utz and Albert Ver Schave. These founders had a vision to build facilities and also institute programs to meet the recreational needs of the citizens of Oak Lawn and the surrounding communities.

Over the years various facilities have been built and numerous programs established to serve the recreation and leisure needs of the community. Parkland and open space have been expanded, maintained and improved. Planning has and will continue to play an important part in the operation of the Park District.

Social Media
Share in the celebration by "sharing" your throwback pictures of the Oak Lawn Park District on social media. Use #oaklawn75

Our 75th Anniversary is the perfect time to reflect and showcase who the Oak Lawn Park District is and what we are all about. Check out our new promotional video on Youtube, where you will discover that we are so much more than just parks!


Join Us on Sunday, June 2nd at the Village Green,
as we kick off our 75th Anniversary Summer! This event is sponsored by T-Mobile.

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