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Park District Takes Ownership of Dole Center

After a year of planning with the Senior Citizens’ Center of Oak Park-River Forest (SCCOPRF) and negotiations with the Village of Oak Park, the Park District of Oak Park has taken ownership of the Dole Center at 255 Augusta Boulevard and plans to merge with the SCCOPRF.Existing programming offered by SCCOPRF including creative writing, ceramics, jewelry-making, weaving, and world travel will continue in combination with Park District programming. The Dole Branch of the Oak Park Public Library will remain in the Dole Center.
The Park District will take ownership of the facility and begin facility improvements in June. The Center, including the Library, will be closed from June 22 to July 7. The Senior Center will move into Dole Center in fall of 2019.  At that time current Senior Center staff and volunteers will become Park District staff and volunteers pending background checks.
Current Senior Center members and Park District Active Adult program members will receive all of the benefits of both programs for a single fee of $50 per year which is currently the fee for each program.  Park District scholarships will continue to be available to any Oak Park resident.  The existing board from the Senior Center will continue to operate as a 501c3 and will raise money to offset expenses for supplies and programming as well as non-resident scholarships.Their office will be located in the Dole Center.
The Park District plans to offer programming for all ages during evening and weekend times to maximize the space and equipment that will be available at Dole.

The Park District is also working with the Oak Park Township to provide transportation from designated locations in the Village to and from the Dole Center for senior residents as well as working with the Oak Park Public Library to host some of their programs such as book club and foreign language classes.

Chartered in 1954, the SCCOPRF: The Lifelong Learning Center is the oldest senior citizens’ center in Illinois. We provide educational, social and cultural activities for people over the age of 50. Through educational, social, and cultural activities, the Senior Citizens’ Center inspires older adults to continue their quest for lifelong learning, supports their independence, broadens their horizons, and encourages their involvement with the community.



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