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Don and Loretta Gorman Park
4412 Henry St, Oak Forest, IL 60452

Named after a husband and wife park district commissioner team, Don and Loretta Gorman Park is one of Oak Forest ParkMore District's three community parks. It includes a fieldhouse with concession area, two tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, flag football field and a basketball court. The park features a full playground, with tot lot. It is also one of three parks with an area designated for inline skating.

The fieldhouse is available for use by the community on Saturdays and Sundays. Maximum capacity is set at 80 people. The kitchen includes a microwave, refrigerator and stove. Contact the Park District for rental rates.

Oak Forest Park District
15601 S. Central Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452

The Oak Forest Park District provides approximately 28,000 residents with access to more than 200 acres of parkMore facilities, youth and adult programs -- and unlimited fun.

The Central Avenue park building houses the administrative body that manages the district's parks and programs. The facility, with an attached health and fitness center that Oak Forest residents can join, is located across the way from the Acorn Public Library. Programs available here include FunTime preschool classes, gymnastics and dance classes, yoga and open gym.

The park district also hosts special events, including teen dances, holiday-themed parties, family festivals, game days and camps. Use of park district facilities and resources is dependent upon the program and residency status.

The Board of Commissioners is led by President James Emmett and meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, at 7:30 pm in the boardroom at the main building. Visit the Oak Forest Park District website for more information.

Arbor Park School District 145
17303 Central Ave., Oak Forest, IL 60452

Arbor Park School District 145 is comprised of Kimberley Heights School (pre-kindergarten and kindergarten), MortonMore Gingerwood Elementary (grades 1 and 2), Scarlet Oak (grades 3 and 4) and Arbor Park Middle School. The 1,439 students enrolled are led by 71 faculty district-wide.

Superintendent Allen Jebens, Jr. leads the District's Board of Education in government.

A district-wide parent teacher organization sponsors is made up of volunteer teachers, parents and admininstrators. The group provides additional funding for the district, along with special events like Santa's Secret Shop, Market Days, the Art Fair, the Fun Fair, the eighth grade graduation dance and art and college scholarships. 

For more information on the district, its schools, the PTO or community, visit District 145's website.

Don Burns Park
16900 Forest Ave, Oak Forest, IL 60452

Residents can stop by this neighborhood park, located next to Morton Gingerwood School, to enjoy one of two tennisMore courts, a basketball court or flag football field. Home to the Oak Forest Park District Girls' Softball Association, four softball fields are also available.

Visitors can enjoy a snack from the concession stand in the picnic area. Younger park guests can take advantage of the full playground, complete with tot lot.

The park was named after Don Burns, one of the park district's original commissioners.

Consolidated High School District 230
15100 S 94th Ave, Orland Park, IL 60462

The Consolidated High School District 230 oversees the policies and management of Carl Sandburg, Amos Alonzo StaggMore and Victor J. Andrew High Schools. The three schools are attended by students living in Oak Forest, Orland Park, Orland Hills, Tinley Park, Willow Springs, Bridgeview and Worth, as well as Palos Park, Hills and Heights.

District 230 is managed by a superintendent and three assistant superintendents, as well as a board of directors.

While today the district serves about 73 square miles of towns and villages, it began with in 1919 with University of Chicago graduate Miss Dorothy Emily Davis. She created the first Orland High School, with one 13-student class who met in one room on the second floor of Orland Park's Old Village Hall.

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