Impacting the Quality of Life
in Our Community
The mission of the Park District of Oak Park states “In partnership with the community, we enrich lives by providing meaningful experiences through parks, programs and facilities.” Since 1912, the Park District of Oak Park has provided park and recreation experiences to the citizens of Oak Park and in doing so, has made and continues to make a positive impact on our community. Our Park and Recreation services make significant contributions to the physical and mental health of our residents, the quality of the environment here in Oak Park and the economic growth of our community.
The Park District owns and operates 24 facilities that occupy 84 acres of parkland within the Village including: • 7 neighborhood recreation centers • 18 parks including the unique urban forest Austin Gardens and our village green Scoville Park • Dole Center – this historic building houses Park District fitness and martial arts classes and many cultural arts programs and is also home to the Dole Library, a branch of the Oak Park Public Library system. • 3 historic properties (Cheney Mansion, Pleasant Home, and the Oak Park Conservatory) • 2 outdoor swimming pools (Rehm and Ridgeland Common) • 1 indoor, year-round ice rink (Paul Hruby Ice Arena at Ridgeland Common) • 1 Gymnastics and Recreation Center • 1 Environmental Education Center in Austin Gardens • 6 special facilities including Stevenson Park Active Sport Area featuring basketball courts and skate park, Longfellow Park basketball courts, Barrie Park sports court, Rehm Trains, The Cubhouse preschool play area, and the Hedges Administrative Center.