Extended Pool Hours Begin Village's Full Holiday Weekend

Extended Pool Hours Begin Village's Full Holiday Weekend
Posted on 06/28/2011

The Village of Orland Park's Centennial Park Aquatic Center will have extended hours on Friday, July 1, remaining open until 10:00 p.m. instead of its normal 8:00 p.m. close.

"The village has a number of events going on at Centennial Park Friday night, so the pool is remaining open longer to give people a chance to come swim after they enjoy all of the festivities," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin.

The holiday weekend begins with the annual Bike and Pet Parades at the main Centennial Park, 15600 West Avenue, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. Both events are free; however, pre-registration is required at the Recreation Administration Building at 14600 South Ravinia or at the village's Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street. Details appear in the Recreation Department's Spring/Summer Program Guide and on the village's website at www.orland-park.il.us.

The annual Liberty Family Fun Run and Walk begins with a 6:00 p.m. check in with the event starting at 7:00 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged; however, day of registrations will be accepted. The Family Fun Run and Walk steps off from the 153rd Street Metra Station and travels Centennial Park. The cost for the run is $12 for residents and $18 for non-residents. Residents pay $7 to participate in the walk while non-residents pay $11.

Orland Park police and fire personnel return to the ballfield at 7:30 p.m. on July 1 for the annual Guns ‘N Hoses Softball Game. Held at Centennial Field #3, the spirited game includes Orland Park's local heroes who work together every day to serve the community. The Orland firefighters will be defending last year's win, hoping to take the traveling trophy back to the fire station.

"The police and fire softball game is an annual Orland Park favorite," the mayor said. "It's a fun, relaxed setting for these emergency professionals who normally come together during very stressful situations. Everyone has a great time," he added.

Daily admission to the pool from noon until 5:00 p.m. is $7.00 for residents and $14.00 for non-residents. Evening admission from 5:00 p.m. until close is $4.00 for residents and $14.00 for non-residents. Pool members use their pass cards for admission.

"The temperature is predicted to be 95 degrees on Friday, so ending a busy night of events at the village's aquatic center will be a great way to end the day," McLaughlin said.

Orland Park's holiday weekend celebration continues on Sunday, July 3rd when the village presents The City Lights Orchestra performing at Centennial Park West from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Mayor McLaughlin, Cooper's Hawk Winery and Spaceco, the concert will feature a 45-piece orchestra with three to four vocalists, strings, winds, brass and percussion. The repertoire is "Americana," with great popular music from the past 80 years from John Philip Sousa, Glenn Miller, Aretha Franklin and Frankie Vali.

"Everyone is very excited about the July 3rd orchestra event," McLaughlin said. "It promises to be an evening of wonderful music in a beautiful setting as we celebrate our country," he added.

One of the newest additions to the village's park system, the 12-acre Centennial Park West is located in the Colette Highlands Subdivision near 159th Street and 108th Avenue. Free parking is available at the adjacent train station parking lot accessible from Jillian Road. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Cooper's Hawk staff will be on site selling refreshments.

The celebration continues on Monday, July 4th when Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band performs tropical rock, reggae, Caribbean and beach music at the main Centennial Park beginning at 7:15 p.m. The Orland-Palos Reber-Tesmond Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2604 will present colors at 9:15 p.m., followed by fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.

"The Village of Orland Park has a lot going on this weekend as we celebrate our great nation and the freedoms we enjoy," McLaughlin said, adding, "We warmly invite everyone to be a part of the village's festivities."

For more information about Orland Park's holiday weekend, call the village's Recreation Department at 708/403-PARK or visit the village's website at www.orland-park.il.us.