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The Park District of Oak Park is dedicated to social equity and serving the parks and recreational needs of all Oak Park residents. Scholarship funds are available to assist low income individuals and families who choose to participate in Park District of Oak Park programs. The majority of these funds are provided by the Park District of Oak Park as well as funding from the Oak Park Township for children ages 9-17. The Park District has increased the amount of funds given by the scholarship program by over 300%. In 2012, the Park District served 72 households and distributed $9,947 in scholarship funds. By 2014, the Park District served 142 households and amount distributed increased to $32,804.

The 2017 scholarship application is now available and guidelines are as follows. Scholarship funds can be used for all programs and passes offered by the Park District of Oak Park. (i.e. camps, classes, pool passes, trips, preschool, etc...). Funds are not eligible for equipment purchases or rental fees. Available funds for these programs are $300 maximum per child and can be used anytime during the calendar year toward qualifying registrations. Would you like to help support our program? You may now submit a donation online!

2018 Eligibility

Eligible individuals and families must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Must be a resident of Oak Park of any age.
  2. Income must be within one of three defined income tiers as defined on the application. (tiers 1 and 2 coincide with the free and reduced lunch program with District 97 schools).  See application for details
  3. Activity attendance, pass usage, and conduct will be a consideration annually when granting funds to repeat families.
  4. Applicants must be able to provide proof of residency, income, and proof of dependents as defined on the application.

2018 Funding Guidelines

Depending on your household size and income, qualifying households may get 75%, 55%, or 35% of fees covered toward registration fees up to $300 maximum per person with no maximum per household.


Applications for the 2018 calendar year are now being accepted. Approved funding for the 2018 Scholarship year will begin in early January 2018. You can turn in your completed application or pick one up at Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex, 415 Lake St. or the Gymnastics and Recreation Center, 21 Lake St. 

All applications along with supporting eligibility documents can be accepted anytime during open customer service hours.


Our customer service department is available to answer your scholarship questions as well as any registration questions. They can be reached at (708) 725-2000 during open business hours. You may also email with any questions you may have regarding the program.

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