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Park Passport Mission Accomplished


Nearly 100 Oak Park kids went on a park adventure this summer through the Park District of Oak Park’s inaugural Parks Passport Program. In an effort to get kids ages 5 to 13 to stay active and explore their parks and community, the Park District, in partnership with Oak Park School District 97 and the Oak Park Public Library, distributed park passports to all D97 students challenging kids to complete 10 park missions. These challenges included attending a summer concert, climbing the Barrie Park sled hill stairs to equal the height of the Statue of Liberty, and visit the new Maple Park playground. If children completed all 10 missions, they received a prize and a coupon for a yummy treat from sponsor Red Mango.

Congratulations to Gabrielle De Santiago whose name was drawn from all participants to receive the Passport Program Grand Prize which included a one year rink and pool pass. Longfellow School, as the school with the most student participants, was the recipient of a water-activated art project. “Encouraging children to connect with nature, be active and learn about the history of our parks was the focus of the Parks Passport Program. With nearly 100 participants visiting our parks throughout the summer, we have achieved our goal and we look forward to many more children participating in summer 2018,” stated Jan Arnold, Park District Executive Director. The Park District, School District 97 and Oak Park Public Library extend its congratulations to all passport participants.   


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