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 all feel as though summer just flew by but the good part is that it means we stayed busy with all the available activities that Summer brings to everyone!
In late June the Gingerwood Fieldhouse (169th & Forest Ave.) was completed, and we were able to hold our first Movie in Park at that location. It will be open for concessions on game days for Flag Football this Fall. In addition to concessions for Flag Football and Girls Softball we will also have various events scheduled throughout the Fall, Spring and Summer at this location.
We could not be more excited for the coming announcement on the opening of our new facility, located at 15601 S. Central Ave. on the southern portion of the property, and the available rental opportunities that will be obtainable. A beautiful spacious 80 x 30 area will hold approximately 120 people will also divide into two rooms each 40 x 30 in size holding approximately 60 people per side. The rooms will be available to meet just about any need. The kitchen divides as well for separate use for each side as not to disturb separate rentals. The facility is fully accessible; the covered entrance will make for easy transverse into the vestibule on inclement days. The ramp and doorways into the back allow for easy access into the kitchen for catering deliveries. During the week and weekend days our Recreation Supervisors, Kirstin and Josh, have been excitedly planning new programs that space in our main facility just did not allow, so be sure to take note at all of our new programming. As a date for completion narrows down, please keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for the coming announcements on the acceptance of rental applications and the Grand Opening date.
Upon completion of the new facility, our main parking lot will be refinished along with our front and back entry ways being completely torn out and replaced. This construction phase includes the reconfiguration of the current entrance and exit on Central Avenue. Please bear with us during this phase of construction.
Additional projects slated are the tennis courts at Central Park and Jesk Park. It has already been determined that at both locations we have no choice but to completely tear out and reconstruct. Dependent on how pricing comes in, will determine if both sites will be completed at once, or one at a time.
Late Spring, we said goodbye to Farrah Bledsoe, Fitness Manager. We not only wish her the very best in her new endeavors, but we also want to say thank you for all of the time and dedication she put into bringing the Fitness Center to what it is today. Thank you from all of us. We welcome Michelle Pruitt as our new Fitness Manager; Michelle has been with the Fitness Center since 2009, and brings with her to this new position, years of knowledge and experience. We welcome you, Michelle! As the cold weather approaches, you will find The Zone Fitness Center to be the perfect fit for all your fitness needs, be sure to stop in and take a tour!
In browsing through this Program Guide I am sure that you will be pleased to find many new programs being offered; Learning Spanish, new Music classes for children, Genealogy and Nutritional classes for both children and adults – this is just to name a few, plus new events and new trips.
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