In numerous local community surveys, the need for a Community Recreation Center was ranked as a high priority need by residents. To meet this need without raising taxes, the Parks Foundation and a group of volunteers launched a capital campaign seeking donations from foundations, corporations, families, and individuals. All fundraising efforts were a result of the Parks Foundation's campaign, and in total, the Parks Foundation raised $15.5 million of the $22 million that went into building this community hub.

The Community Recreation Center was successfully opened in May 2023, and offers an indoor track, gymnasium, fitness center, studio, esports lounge, community rooms, a child playzone, inclusive locker rooms, and the Community Mental Health Board. The availability of the facility helps to ensure the Park District is meeting the diverse needs of residents of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, and economic statues, both now and in the future. 

The Vision


Check out some of the major milestones that led up to the grand opening of the Community Recreation Center. From the initial campaign launch to fundraisers to the groundbreaking to the day the building opened its doors, the Parks Foundation provided the necessary financial support to make the CRC a reality for Oak Park. Many thanks to our many generous donors.

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Read the community coverage of our journey to the highly anticipated Community Recreation Center.
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The Parks Foundation is a non-profit corporation that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3.

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