I have lived in OL since October 1, 1962 when I was born at the then called Christ Hospital. My brother and Mother also live in town. In January 2002, I was lucky enough to move into a new home on Oak Lawn Lake.
I truly believe OUR Towns’ little lake is a hidden, historical jewel. In the Spring, it is wonderful to see baby ducks, geese, etc.
I have enclosed two recent (within the last two weeks) photos of the lake:
One is a shopping cart that was in the water near the bridge for ONE WEEK, before it was removed by village workers.
In short, I believe that the people of Oak Lawn deserve to have this little lake taken care of and preserved- IT does have a sign in front of it that reminds people that it has historical significance. So, what is the problem and then the solution to fix this?
One, the BIGGEST Problem is vandalism. Now, some may say, oh that is just kids being kids. While I have never understood why vandalism occurs, it is a crime, and should be prevented. WE have a very large Police Force in this town..and, as a retired law enforcement officer, IT is obvious that the manpower here is being misused. Far Too Many calls are being handled by multiple officers, and it leaves areas of the our village without Police Presence. This is done in the name of “officer safety”, but is taken to a far extreme in Oak Lawn. As far as the lake, ONE Police Car driving around the lake at NIGHT every 1/2 hour would deter probably 80% of the Vandalism. Police Presence equals Deterrence.
So, what then about repairing vandalism, and upkeep of the lake? At one time, it was the Village worker’s responsibility for the upkeep of the lake, BUT, for awhile IT is the PARK DISTRICT’S Responsibility for Lake Maintenance, etc. Now, I do not know WHO Exactly in the Park District’s responsibility it is for the lake, but quite frankly, they are doing a POOR JOB as evidenced by the shopping cart illustration above. Again, is it that difficult for a park district employee to drive around the lake ONCE a day?
I am but one of many Oak Lawn residents, living by the lake or not, that are FED UP with this situation.