The Oak Lawn Park District showcased the completed All Inclusive Playground and Columbus Manor Park at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, May 13th at 5:30pm.
Patrons got to see and play on the new playgrounds, located at 99th & Moody, and enjoy FREE and fun activities such as an Inclusive Playground Obstacle Course, Park Scavenger Hunt, and a sensory activity.
The Park District expressed thanks to everyone who attended and helped it take a vision to a reality. In news release, the park district thanked the Board of Commissioners, staff, and patrons. A special thank you was expressed to sponsors for their generous support including the Oak Lawn Parks Foundation, Special Recreation Athletic Support Association (S.R.A.S.A.),Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce, First Midwest Bank, In Recognition of Gavin Gory, and Jim and Joan Buschbach.
Phase One renovations focused on adding an All Inclusive Playground. Features include a Sensory Wave Climber, Merry Go ALL, Shadow Play, Biggo Swing, Rocking Raft, Music Section, Net Climber, Bay of Swings, benches and slides.
Phase Two renovations consisted of a new play area at Columbus Manor Park that includes splash pad toys, a playground, and new pathways.
Renovations were made possible thanks to a $300,000 playground matching grant through Illinois Park and Recreation Association, Playcore and their affiliated GameTime and Cunningham Recreation.
Picture: (from left to right) In attendance was Village of Oak Lawn Trustee William “Bud” Stalker, Village of Oak Lawn Trustee Terry Vorderer, Village of Oak Lawn Trustee Paul Mallo, Oak Lawn Parks Foundation Chairman Steve Loulousis, Oak Lawn Park District Maintenance Dave Wolfe, Village of Oak Lawn Clerk Jane Quinlan, Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Mary Pat Coughlin, Oak Lawn Park District Maintenance Mike Boudreau, Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Lisa Boland, Oak Lawn Park District Superintendent of Maintenance Joel Craig, Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Donna McCauley, Oak Lawn Park District Executive Director Maddie Kelly, Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Jim Buschbach, Oak Lawn Park District Maintenance Greg Fitzmaurice, and Oak Lawn Park District Board Commissioner Gary Callahan.