Lisa Boland, Oak Lawn Park District Board President, cut the ribbon at the Brandt Park ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday evening at 89th and Tulley Avenue, Oak Lawn. (Photos by Kelly White)

Lisa Boland, Oak Lawn Park District Board President, cut the ribbon at the Brandt Park ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday evening at 89th and Tulley Avenue, Oak Lawn. (Photos by Kelly White)

Oak Lawn Park District unveils new Brandt Park

By Kelly White

The Oak Lawn community takes great pride in its many parks.

The Oak Lawn Park District Board of Commissioners invited local area residents out to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Brandt Park, 89th and Tulley Avenue, Monday evening.

“All of our playgrounds are on a Master Plan list for replacement and Brandt was due based on age and condition,” Tom Hartwig, Executive Director of the Oak Lawn Park District, said. “Every year we try to upgrade two parks.”

1 6The renovation includes a unique highlight to the Oak Lawn community, a FitCore Extreme outdoor fitness/challenge course that offers opportunities for outdoor extreme fitness challenges from Landscape Structures.

This high-intensity strength training course reinforces the commitment to promoting health and encourages kids, teens, and adults alike not only to participate, but also reinforces the importance of getting fit and staying healthy.

“Brandt Park is a small park but the most unique feature is the FitCore Extreme from Landscape Structures,” Hartwig said. “The FitCore Extreme allows people to work out in the park and enjoy using the challenging equipment.”

The park also includes a basketball court, a new playground that allows people of almost any ability to challenge their physical fitness and work toward improving their health, along with shaded and seating areas around the park’s exterior.

Renovations began on July 6 through Innovation Landscape, a company based out of Oswego that provides design, installation and maintenance of landscaping, pavers, retaining walls, and outdoor living areas.

Funding for the $575,000 renovation project came directly from Oak Lawn’s Capital Projects Budget.

“The public will benefit because it is a great little park for residents that live in the area can use,” Hartwig said.

The park is built on land that is owned by Oak Lawn-Hometown School District, as part of an agreement that was arranged between the school district and the Oak Lawn Park District many years ago.

“It is another example of cooperation between the school district and the park district to provide amenities to our residents,” Hartwig said.

Oak Lawn Park District officials reached out to local area residents prior to the park planning process.

“This park has so much to offer, and it is all thanks to the input from our community members,” Lisa Boland, Oak Lawn Park District Board President, said.

In attendance at Monday evening’s ribbon cutting ceremony, along with Hartwig and Boland, were members from the Oak Lawn Park District Board, along with Paul Enderle and Mike Lofton from Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123.

During the event, all attendees able to not only welcome Oak Lawn’s newest playground into the neighborhood, but they were also able to enjoy everything the park has to offer and also stick around for a demonstration of the Challenge Course by Oak Lawn Park District’s Gym Ninja instructors.

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The Oak Lawn Park District Board of Commissioners invited local area residents out to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Brandt Park, 89th and Tulley Avenue, Oak Lawn, on Monday evening.

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