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Park District Receives Lighting Grant


The Park District of Oak Park is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $29,402 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Park District Lighting program. This grant will allow the Park District to replace all outdoor walking path lights throughout the parks system with energy efficient LED bulbs. Approximately 200 bulbs will be replaced resulting in an annual cost savings of over $20,000 for the District. Light bulb replacement will begin soon and will be completed by mid-May 2017.

The Park District of Oak Park strives to set a high standard of leadership and competency in the promotion of sound conservation practices. Recent Park District green initiatives include the installation of solar panels at the Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center, Longfellow Center and Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex resulting in a significant reduction in the District’s energy consumption. Cisterns, which conserve the water supply, have been installed at the Oak Park Conservatory and Longfellow Park and the District is currently in the planning stage of adding a cistern at Field Park. All Park District parks are part of the Carry In/Carry Out program where park visitors are asked to carry out all waste and recyclables brought into any park. All of these initiatives are not only good for the environment but also save tax dollars.

Within the past 10 years, the Park District of Oak Park has secured over $5 million in grant awards for park improvements and sustainability projects.

Here are more details about the Park District's green initiatives


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