Dole Center features a wide range of recreational opportunities for all ages including fitness and mind and body classes, ceramics and numerous cultural arts programs. Dole Center is also the hub of activity for Oak Park Active Adults with game nights, card making, DIY classes, and many more programs. Active Adults 50+ who purchase an Active Adult membership receive a discount on several Park District programs as well as many other benefits.
Dole Learning Center was built in 1926, and donated to the Village of Oak Park in 1939, by Andrew and Mary Dole, who also owned Cheney Mansion. The Village used it as a library branch for several decades and added recreational programming in the late 1970s. Dole Center underwent a major renovation in 2002, which made the building ADA accessible. In addition to the Village, the Oak Park Library, and the Park District occupied parts of Dole Center through an intergovernmental agreement and all three entities contributed to a sinking fund for the utility costs, janitorial services, and maintenance of the building. The Park District purchased Dole Center from the Village of Oak Park in 2019.