The Oak Forest Park District is dedicated to enhancing community morale by
providing a variety of recreational opportunities, programs, special events and trips for each individual to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle while doing so in a friendly and safe atmosphere. Our goal is to involve and inform individuals in the community of the many beneficial practices our park district has to offer.
We are also devoted to preserving open space as well as establishing and maintaining the most modern equipment for our parks and facilities.
Oak Forest Park District, a municipal governing agency, provides parks, recreational facilities and programs for its residents. The Board of Commissioner is made up of five (5) elected officials, each serving six (6) year terms. Board meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday, of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Central Park Building, 15601 South Central Avenue and open to the public.
Letter to the Residents
To Our Residents,
We are anxiously awaiting the warm weather and sunshine that comes with our Spring Summer season. We hope that everyone has had a chance to enjoy some of the Fall and Winter activities we had available, and you were able to make lasting memories. With Spring right around the corner, we are extremely thrilled and eager to finish the construction of the building at Don Burns Park (Gingerwood Park). This new building will house a concession area and washrooms as well as a storage area for equipment and supplies; primarily for our Park District Girls Softball program. The shelter in front of the building will house picnic tables for patron use. The tentative finish date is April, however may vary depending on weather conditions, but we are certainly excited to be open for concessions this Spring! A grand re-opening of the concession building will take place in conjunction with our Park District Girls Softball Spirit Day in June. To keep in the softball theme, the day will be based around “Take Me Out to The Ball Game” activities and food. Keep a close eye out for more details!
On the Central Park grounds we are working on plans to remove the existing Tichan House. In its footprint, we are going to build a multi-use facility to accommodate additional spacing needs for programming. It will also be available for rentals. The space will be equipped to hold 100-120 people in one large space or be partitioned off into two rooms that are expected to hold approximately 50-60 people. This facility will be equipped with a kitchen facility and washrooms. Our recreation staff is looking forward to holding various new programs in this facility. Residents can look forward to more Young Rembrandt art classes, more Hot Shot Sports classes, new Sciensational camps, special one day events, and new adult variety classes to name a few.
If you have not taken a tour of “The Zone Fitness Center”, we encourage you to stop in! We offer a full line of fitness and cardio equipment. A variety of fitness classes are included in your membership along with access to the steam rooms, locker rooms and showers. We are partnered with Silver Sneakers, Silver and Fit, Active Fit and Healthy Contributions. We are also proud to be partnered with Healthy Mind Healthy Bodies. This allows resident Veterans who have a disability rating of 10% or higher, a complimentary one year membership to The Zone, a membership for a training partner for one year and personal training sessions for the Veteran.
In browsing through this Program Guide, you will find a variety programs and events; take time to enjoy one or more of these with your family. We also encourage everyone to get out and take time to explore our many parks. They are sure to have something for everyone. Be sure to look for some of the many free events that we will be hosting throughout different parks this summer!
As always, if you have an idea or talent that could be offered as a program, we encourage you to reach out to us! We are always looking for new program ideas and people to teach them! If you are able to assist us with a special event, reach out and give us a call!
Director of Parks & Recreation