5-Year Plan, 2018-2023

Oak Park Recreation is conducting a survey to establish priorities for the future development of our parks and recreation facilities, programs and services. We will use the information obtained in this survey to update our Oak Park Five-Year Recreation Master Plan.  Your opinions and ideas matter.  An important part of the planning process is receiving input from our residents to form our goals and objectives for the next five years. With this plan, we hope to enrich the future of our community and have a positive effect on our quality of life.

* 1. Parks and recreation facilities and programs are important to the quality of life here in Oak Park.

* 2. Do our existing facilities and recreation programs meet your needs?

* 3. Why, or why not?

* 4. How often have you or a member of your household visited a park located in the City of Oak Park in the last year?

  At least once a week A few times a month Once a month Several times a year Not at all
Shepherd Park
Best Park
Dewey Park
Harding Tot Lot
Jackson Park
Lessenger Park
Key Park
Rothstein Park
Tyler Park
Victoria Park

* 5. Why do you visit our parks? Check all that apply.

* 6. How do you get to our parks? Check all that apply.

* 7. What amenities would you like to see added in our parks?

  High priority Medium priority Low priority Not needed
Walking/jogging trails
Outdoor fitness equipment
Skateboard park
Bike pump track
Basketball courts
Pickleball courts
Tennis courts
Dog park
Disc golf course
Picnic areas/shelters
Picnic tables
Playground equipment
Small children play areas
No change

* 8. How would you rate the following?

  Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know No opinion
Number and size of parks
Condition of our parks
Condition of facilities
Condition of our park amenities 
Variety of park activities
Amount of flexible green (open) space in parks
Quality of sports fields and courts
Connections to and between parks
Variety of recreation programs
Variety of art and cultural events

* 9. Do you use our community pool in the summer?

* 10. How much more likely would you use our pool if we had a splash pad?

* 11. Besides a splash pad, what other amenities would you like to see at our pool?

* 12. Please indicate which of the following recreation facilities are most important to you for Oak Park to plan for and maintain?

  High Priority Medium Priority Low Priority Not Needed
Indoor pool
Indoor gym (for basketball, volleyball, pickleball, and/or badminton)
Indoor walking track
Dedicated dance room
Dedicated art room
Dedicated youth space
Culinary kitchen (for cooking classes and nutritional education)
None of the above.

* 13. What events have you attended in the last 12 months?  Please check all that apply.

* 14. What special events would you like to see happen in Oak Park? (Check all that apply.)

* 15. What youth programs have your children participated in during the last 12 months?  Please check all that apply.

* 16. What youth programs would you like to see offered?

* 17. What adult programs have you participated in during the last 12 months?  Please check all that apply.

* 18. What other adult programs would you like to see offered?

* 19. What senior programs (age 55 and older) have you participated in during the last 12 months?  Please check all that apply.

* 20. What other senior programs would you like to see offered?

* 21. Did you know there is a SMART bus transportation service that will transport seniors (age 55 and older) and individuals with disabilities to the Oak Park Community Center?

* 22. The Recreation Department will be offering a mobile recreation program next summer that will bring recreation equipment and activities to neighborhood parks. The focus of this program will be to encourage kids to participate in fun games, sports, and activities.  The benefits of health, physical activity, positive peer interaction and good sportsmanship will be promoted. 

This program may include: sports, group games, cardio hula hoops, scooter carts, jumbo balls, broad jump, basketball, soccer, volleyball, badminton, hop balls, agility ladders, giant tunnels, over sized board games, sidewalk chalk, arts and craft activities, music, dance, creative fun, read-along programs, and much more!  

What additional equipment or program ideas would you like to see added to the mobile recreation program?

* 23. Do you have any other suggestions or comments about Parks and Recreation in the City of Oak Park?

* 24. How do you register for programs with Oak Park Recreation?  Check at least one.

* 25. Are you an Oak Park resident?

* 26. Your gender is:

* 27. Your age is:

* 28. If you or anyone in your household has a disability, what kind of accommodations would make our facilities easier to use?

* 29. How would you describe your household?

* 30. What's the best way to inform you of our events, programs, and services? (Check all that apply.)

* 31. Would you like to be contacted in order to discuss your opinions further?

* 32. Thank you for filling out our Parks and Recreation Survey -- we appreciate your input!  Survey results will be listed in our master plan, on our website, at our Community Center, and shared on social media.