OAK PARK PARK DISTRICT
The mission of the Park District of Oak Park states “In partnership with the community, we enrich lives by providing meaningful experiences through programs parks and facilities.” Since 1912, the Park District of Oak Park has provided park and recreation experiences to the citizens of Oak Park. Currently the District offers nearly 3,000 recreation programs and special events annually including sports, fitness programs, cultural arts classes, early childhood offerings, swim, skate and hockey lessons, Active Adult trips and special events, summer camps and much more. These activities are held in the District’s 13 parks, including Austin Gardens and Scoville Park, and in its facilities including Rehm and Ridgeland Common outdoor pools, Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex featuring the Paul Hruby Ice Arena, the Gymnastics & Recreation Center, 7 neighborhood community enters, the Oak Park Conservatory, Cheney Mansion, and Pleasant Home.
Through its many offerings, the Park District of Park makes a significant contribution to the physical and mental health of Oak Park residents, helps to build strong families and a more connected community, protects and preserves our environment and positively impacts our local economy. For more information about Park District of Oak Park programs, parks and facilities please visit www.pdop.org.
Austin Gardens Renovation
Construction began on the Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center in September 2015. View the presentation about the new Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center to learn more about the details of this project. Look for the grand opening of the environmental education center in summer 2016!
The Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center will be a LEED Platinum certified facility. Energy-Efficient and High Performance and sustainable design elements include:
- Geo-thermal system for heating, air conditioning and comfort control.
- Photovoltaic array on the rook to supple the porjected energy needs of the building – net zero (uses sun energy)
- Greenroof – (absorbs rainfall, reduces heat loads, and gives CO2 back to the atmosphere.)
- Storm water harvesting through a cistern and diversion for toilet flushing.
- Raingarden/bioswales to absorb the cistern overflow and the excess rain run-off as a feature in the garden.
- Very energy efficient mechanical systems in the building.
167 Forest Avenue
Oak Park IL 60301
Only 25 minutes from downtown Chicago!
1024 N BLVD
Oak Park, IL 60303
LET’S GET SOCIAL!
MAJOR DONORS AND SPONSORS
Oak Park Area Arts Council • Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest • Village of Oak Park • Park District of Oak Park • Austin Trust • Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation • Richard H. Driehaus Foundation • Illinois Arts Council • Chicago Saints • Lois Ebinger Charitable Fund