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Citizen Committees

Park District Volunteer Citizen Committees

The mission of the Park District of Oak Park is to enrich lives by providing meaningful experiences through programs, parks and facilities, in partnership with the community. The Park District values community input and involvement and has organized four citizen-lead volunteer committees to work with the Park Board of Commissioners and staff for the betterment of the District and our community.

Park District Citizen Committee (PDCC)

Originally organized in 2003 to assist in the comprehensive planning process, this Committee oversees the implementation of the Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvement Plan and provides a valuable communication channel between the Park District and the citizens of Oak Park. PDCC members provide an independent perspective on parks and recreation issues affecting the community with each member representing only themselves and not any organization they may belong to. With the help of the PDCC, the Park District is better able to assess community needs and expectations necessary to carry out its mission.

The PDCC is made up of 11 members, 2 alternate members and 2 student representatives. Members of the Park District Citizen Committee must be Oak Park residents. They are appointed each year in September by the Park District Board of Commissioners to serve staggered three year terms. Student representatives must be Oak Park residents and a junior or senior attending an Oak Park high school. They serve a one year term from September through August. Meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month beginning at 7:00pm. For more information about the PDCC read the PDCC brochure or, email Diane Stanke.

If you are interested in serving on the PDCC, please submit a completed Citizen Committee Application (PDCC student applicants should submit a completed Student Representative Application) and letter of interest to:

Park Board President
Attn: PDCC
Park District of Oak Park
218 Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Greening Advisory Committee (GAC)

The Greening Advisory Committee was originally organized in 2007 as the Greening Task Force to discuss the environmental issues the Park District was facing and explore measures to be taken to meet citizens' greening interests and maintain the health of the parks. The committee acts as a liaison between the Park District and the community, helping implement the Park District’s Environmental Policy, assisting the Park Board in identifying and exploring sustainability issues and environmental initiatives, helping determine annual projects, and maintaining the Green Team, the Park District’s park stewardship program.

Greening Advisory Committee members serve staggered 3 year terms with new terms beginning in January. The Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month at 8:30am. For more information about the GAC, email Patti Staley.

If you are interested in serving on the GAC, please submit a completed Citizen Committee Application and letter of interest to:

Park Board President
Attn: GAC
Park District of Oak Park
218 Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Art Advisory Committee (AAC)

The purpose of the Art Advisory Committee is to enhance the cultural and aesthetic quality of life in Oak Park by integrating art throughout the Park District. The committee acts as a resource and provides expertise in the area of fine arts; maintains an inventory, inspects, and provides public education on existing art in the Park District; works to encourage the contribution of funds to the Park District Artworks Acquisition and Maintenance Fund and recommends the designation of these funds; and works with other public and private entities and individuals on art-related activities. Read more about the Art Advisory Committee.

Art Advisory Committee members serve staggered 3 year terms. The Committee meets once a month in the evening. For more information about the AAC, email Maureen McCarthy.

If you are interested in serving on the AAC, please submit a completed Citizen Committee Application and letter of interest to:

Park Board President
Attn: AAC
Park District of Oak Park
218 Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Senior Advisory Committee (SAC)

The mission of the Park District’s Senior Advisory Committee (SAC) is to provide guidance and recommend direction to the Park District regarding the development and implementation of recreational activities for senior citizens.

The committee is made up of seven voting Committee members (three are appointed by the Park Board of Commissioners, one shall be a member of the Park District Citizen Committee and three are elected by the Active Adult Members-at-large). In addition to the seven voting members, the Park District will appoint no more than two non-voting members as representatives. Additionally, there will be one non-voting member who will act as a liaison between the SAC and the Park Board; this member shall be appointed by the Park Board President. For more information about the SAC, email Shari Melde.
 

If you are interested in serving on the SAC, please submit a completed Citizen Committee Application and letter of interest to:

Park Board President
Attn: SAC
Park District of Oak Park
218 Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

 

 

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