Park Ridge Park District (PRPD) is committed to protecting and improving our community’s parks and recreation facilities. These public assets play a critical role in our quality of life.
Over the past four years, PRPD has evaluated a variety of concepts to address the needs of the aging current facility and significantly enhance recreation opportunities at Oakton Park. The proposal being considered for our community’s largest park includes the following improvements:
- Renovating the 52-year-old Oakton Ice Arena, including:
- Completing the required replacement of the outdated ice mechanical system which currently uses R-22 refrigerant which is no longer being produced.
- Repairing, renovating and/or replacing outdated, deteriorated siding, mechanicals, ice rink floor, dasher board system, bathrooms, locker rooms, lobby area and ventilation system, much of which are at the end of their useful lives
- Addressing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Illinois Accessibility Code (IAC) compliance issues throughout the building, including the multipurpose room, restrooms, locker rooms and bleacher seating
- Replacing the deteriorated parking lot and adding additional parking spaces
- Constructing a studio rink, training room and concessions area
- Building an indoor turf field and multipurpose rooms
- Creating a passive green outdoor gathering space
- Creating a half-mile pathway circling the park and offering indoor walking opportunities around the perimeter of the new indoor turf field
- Improving the existing driving range by replacing poles and netting
- Relocating the dog park to allow for facility and parking improvements
- Improving storm water management
In addition to providing our community with its top-requested new recreation facility—a multi-purpose sports complex—there are many other anticipated benefits of the proposed improvements:
- Expanding recreational opportunities for all ages, infants through seniors
- Extending the useful life of the existing ice arena
- Upgrading facility efficiency and reducing costly emergency repairs
- Improving accessibility for persons with physical challenges
- Freeing up programming space and wear-and-tear on other PRPD facilities, especially the gymnasiums
- Creating a self-funding facility positioned for the future
Click here for more information about the Oakton Master Plan process.
We are seeking the community’s input on proposed park and facility improvements at Oakton Park. A Community Opinion Survey has been mailed through the post office to every registered voter in the Park Ridge Park District. We ask you to complete the survey and return it by November 23. If you misplaced your reply envelope, you can drop off your completed survey at the Maine Park Leisure Center during customer service hours or drop it in the black mailbox at Prospect Park near the flagpole. You may also mail the survey back to Park Ridge Park District, 733 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068.
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