PARK PLANNING PROJECTS
Upcoming Master Plan Reviews
The District began a major capital project planning and improvement program in 2005 in response to a voter approved referendum increasing the property tax rate for system-wide park renewal. Since 2005, master site plans have been developed for all 18 parks. Plans have also been developed for dog park locations and to determine the historical significance of four of the District’s recreation centers. Park renewal projects began in 2006 focusing on a balanced approach. Site plans were implemented in phases so that park renewal funds could be spread out amongst parks throughout the community.
Since the passing of the 2005 referendum, major park renewal projects have been completed at most park sites with the support of over $6 million in grant funds. Read more about our current park and facility improvements. Detailed information about the District’s Capital Improvement Plan for future park renewal projects is available in the 2021-2025 CIP.
Continued investment in our parks and facilities is critical to the District’s mission. The Park Board’s policy states that each park site plan will be revisited and updated within a 10 year period. The Park District is in the process of revisiting each park site plan per this policy in order to identify additional park amenities desired by our residents, to budget strategically for these improvements and to be prepared for grant opportunities.
In 2014, the Park District completed a year-long Comprehensive Master Planning Process to chart a course of action for the next 5 to 10 years. As part of this plan, the Park District conducted a Feasibility Study in 2016 for an indoor community recreation center. Developing a long-range vision for park and recreation programs and services in our community allows the Park District of Oak Park to continue to provide the many individual, community, economic and environmental benefits that enhance the quality of life and make our community a great place to work and play.