With the 4th of July less than a month away, we want to make your celebration with us as smooth as possible. Please find parking information that will be in effect during the Oak Lawn Park District and Village of Oak Lawn’s Fireworks display at Richards High School, 10601 Central Ave., along with the Oak Lawn Park District’s Party in the Park event at Memorial Park, 102nd & Major, on Wednesday, July 4th: 

Richard High School’s entire South Lot on 107th Street will be closed for resurfacing.

107th Street will be closed to traffic. 

Parking during these events will be available at the following locations:

* Oak Lawn Park District Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center, 10444 S. Central Ave. *

* Wolfe Wildlife Refuge, 109th St. & Kostner Ave. (police patrols on the paths guiding patrons to the Fireworks display) *

* Memorial Park, 102nd & Major *

* Oak Lawn Park District’s Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets, 5850 W. 103rd St. *

Bike Patrol

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In an effort to enhance the relationship between police officers and citizens the Oak Lawn Police Department began a program where police officers ride bicycles on a part time basis. Having officers on bicycles rather than in cars makes them more accessible to the public. Officers are able to go into parks and onto the bike paths, where children see the officers as less intimidating. The unit has been a proven success in deterring illegal activity in the many parks of Oak Lawn. The officers also patrol various business parking lots.

Besides patrolling parks and parking lots, the officers conduct safety awareness talks and events. They speak with children about the importance of following all traffic laws and to always wear a bike safety helmet.

The Bike Patrol Unit utilizes specialized bicycles that are fully equipped with flashing red & blue lights and a siren. Bike officers are available to make appearances at block parties when they are requested. They distribute safety information and coloring books to the children.