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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 three citizen-lead volunteer committees to work with the Park Board of Commissioners and staff for the betterment of the District and our community. All meetings are open to the public.

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 13 members who must be Oak Park residents. They are appointed by the Park District Board of Commissioners to serve staggered three year terms. 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.

The May 2020 PDCC meeting (view the agenda) will be held virtually at 7pm. If you would like to provide public comment, please complete this form. The deadline to receive comments is 5:30pm on May 18. If you would like to attend, here is the zoom meeting link. You will not be able to comment during the meeting. Your comment(s) will be read during public comment on the agenda. 

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

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

Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC)

The Environmental Sustainability 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. (ESAC Mission & Guiding Principles)

Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee members serve staggered 3 year terms with new terms beginning in January. The Committee meets the third Monday of the month from 5:45pm to 6:45pm. Meeting location is the Hedges Administrative Center, 218 Madison Street. For more information about the ESAC, email Patti Staley.

The May 2020 ESAC meeting (view the agenda) will be held virtually on May 18 at 5:45pm. If you would like to provide public comment, please complete this form. The deadline to receive comments is 4:00pm on May 18. If you would like to attend, here is the zoom meeting link. You will not be able to comment during the meeting. Your comment(s) will be read during public comment on the agenda. 

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

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

Active Adult Advisory Committee (AAAC)

The Active Adults Advisory Committee provides guidance and recommends direction to the Park District of Oak Park regarding the implementation of recreational activities and procedures for senior citizen programs.  This committee will provide valuable communication between the Park District and the citizens of Oak Park in regards to the needs of seniors living in the community.   The AAAC will offer an independent perspective on issues affecting seniors in the community with each member representing only themselves and not any organization(s) to which they may belong.  Through this cooperative effort, the Park District will be better able to assess community needs and expectations necessary to carry out its mission, “In partnership with the community, we enrich lives by providing meaningful experiences through programs, parks and facilities.”

The AAAC will be made of eleven members with one serving as the chairperson.  Members will serve three-year terms from the date of appointment.  A committee member may be re-appointed for up to two additional terms. The Committee meets bi-monthly as deemed necessary by the chair. Meeting location is the Dole Center, 255 Augusta Boulevard. For more information about the ESAC, email Maureen McCarthy.

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

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

 

 

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