Ridgeland Reveal Success

The Ridgeland Reveal fundraising event was a tremendous success with more than 200 people in attendance and a substantial amount of money raised for the Parks Foundation of Oak Park. Thanks to all who joined us and contributed, either by buying a ticket or donating an auction item. Here are photos from the evening. (credit David Pierini/Wednesday Journal)

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Olympian Emery Lehman signs autographs.
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Here is a lovely video about the project prepared by the Park District of Oak Park.

A Day in Our Village 2016

Oak Park’s annual A Day in Our Village festival will take place on Sunday, June 5. The festival gives residents the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of civic, educational, religious and business groups serving the Village of Oak Park.
Stop by the Parks Foundation booth in Scoville Park. There will also be special giveaways and an opportunity to learn more about how to assist the Parks Foundation with its mission to support extraordinary projects that enhance our parks and community life.

NEW Power of Giving Video

The Parks Foundation of Oak Park is excited to present a new video that we produced in partnership with the Pleasant Home Foundation. It is the first in a series of videos exploring the ways that private giving (financial and volunteer time) provide public benefits enjoyed by all community residents. We were especially interested in demonstrating how private gifts extend the impact of publicly-funded projects associated with the Park District of Oak Park to provide greater benefits and new opportunities for park users.

The second video in our Power of Giving Series features leaders of the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory discussing how volunteers and private contributors saved the conservatory from closing and have ensured its productive future as a treasured community asset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This first video features Pleasant Home Foundation (PHF) executive director Heidi Ruehle-May discussing private support for the Pleasant Home, a historic property owned by the Park District, but being renovated and operated by PHF.

 

 

For more information on Pleasant Home, visit their website.

To donate to the Parks Foundation of Oak Park, click here.

Video credits: Roy Phifer – photography and editing. David Kindler – photography. 

Parks Foundation at GRC Grand Opening

The Parks Foundation helped the Park District of Oak Park celebrate the grand opening of the Gymnastics and Recreation Center, located at 21 Lake Street, on Saturday, October 5th. An enthusiastic group of residents, volunteers and Park District employees gathered outside the GRC for a ribbon cutting ceremony and the chance to tour the new facility and watch a gymnastics team practice.

Parks Foundation board members mingled with residents in the main tent outside the new 18,670 square-foot facility, providing information on how the Foundation works to enhance the parks and community life. Four lucky residents won gift certificates good for a $25 discount on any Park District program.

Photographs courtesy of Jim White Photography – www.jimwhitephoto.com
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GRC Grand Opening

Join the Parks Foundation of Oak Park at the grand opening of the Gymnastics and Recreation Center on Saturday, October 5. The Park District of Oak Park will unveil the new 18,670 square foot facility, located at 21 Lake Street, from 10am to 2pm. Stop by the Parks Foundation table in the main tent for special giveaways and register for a chance to win one of 4 certificates good for a $25 discount on any program offered by the Park District of Oak Park!

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Parks Foundation at A Day in Our Village

Oak Park’s annual A Day in Our Village festival will take place from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, June 2. The festival gives residents the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of civic, educational, religious and business groups serving the Village of Oak Park.

Stop by the Parks Foundation booth in Scoville Park and register for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from the Park District of Oak Park. Gift certificates can be applied toward any Park District program fee or facility rental. There will also be special giveaways and an opportunity to learn more about how to assist the Parks Foundation with its mission to support extraordinary projects that enhance our parks and community life.

Intermission at Ridgeland Common

It’s Time for Intermission at Ridgeland Common
The Parks Foundation of Oak Park invites you to a special celebration at the Paul Hruby Ice Arena

Saturday, February 16 – 4pm – 7:30pm

Be a part of history on Saturday, February 16 as some very special guests help us say goodbye to the old Ridgeland Common…and look forward to a renovated flagship facility in 2014!

The celebration starts at 4pm with the renewal of a great Oak Park rivalry as alumni from OPRF and Fenwick play one of the last hockey games on the old rink. Emily Blim performs a special figure skating exhibition at 5:15pm. Chicago Blackhawks organist Frank Pellico will then provide the soundtrack for the last 2 hour public skate in the ice arena.

There will be appearances by former Blackhawks players and Hawks mascot Tommy Hawk and a Parks Foundation drawing featuring exciting prizes, including ice rentals when Ridgeland Common reopens in 2014, a School of Rock Performance Camp, Blackhawks tickets…and much more!

Admission is $6 or free with rink pass. Skate rentals are available while they last for $2 and the concession stand will be open all afternoon.

Come out and celebrate Ridgeland Common’s past, present…and future!!

Intermission at Ridgeland Common is sponsored by the Wednesday Journal, School of Rock Oak Park, Big Smiles Center for Orthodontic Excellence, DTKindler Photography and Vitamin Water.

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