Memorial Day Weekend Marks Summer's Start in Orland Park

Memorial Day Weekend Marks Summer's Start in Orland Park
Posted on 05/24/2018

Memorial Day Weekend in Orland Park means the start of summer.

"We officially welcome summer to Orland Park with the arrival of Memorial Day Weekend," said Mayor Keith Pekau. "The pool opens and we gather as a community to remember the brave men and women who have given their lives serving our country."

The village's Veterans Commission will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m. at the village's memorial, Ara Pace - Place of Peace, located at the Village Center, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue.

"The village's ceremonies on Memorial Day and Veterans Day are very moving and we invite everyone to join us," Pekau said. "On Memorial Day, we remember those who have died serving our country and we also recognize the veterans and their families whose names have been added to the village's memorial."

The names of 15 veterans have been added to Orland Park's granite wall since the village's Veterans' Day Ceremony. Those whose names have been added with be present with family and friends. Honored veterans who have died will be represented by family members.

Refreshments will be served inside of the Orland Park Civic Center immediately following the ceremony and attendees will be able to view the memorial table with photos of the veterans who have been added.

Frann Carnivele will sing the national anthem. Colors will be presented by members of the Palos-Orland Reber-Tesmond Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2604 and the American Legion Orland Memorial Post #111.

The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by the 20 plus members of Orland Park Daisy Girl Scout Troop 65111.

"We're very happy to honor the 15 veterans whose names have been added to the village's wall," Pekau said. "It's nice to see the vets and their families proudly rise to their feet as everyone applauds their service to our country."

The village's Centennial Park Aquatic Center begins its 27th season on Saturday, May 26 being open from noon to 8 p.m. Pool members may enter at 11 a.m.

Located at 15600 West Avenue, Centennial Pool includes a lazy river, a 200 foot enclosed body slide, a 328 foot enclosed tube slide, a drop slide, two speed slides, two body slides, a platform cliff jump and a large zero depth pool with a kiddie play and spray structure.

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The village's Recreation Department offers open swim, swim lessons, splash parties, pavilion rentals, late night swims and family fun events. The full schedule appears in the Recreation Department Summer Program Guide and can be found online in the recreation area of

"The Centennial Park Aquatic Center was voted the best public pool by Chicago Magazine and is always tops among readers of one of our local media," said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village's Recreation and Parks Committee. "Pool memberships are a great value, giving residents a wonderful facility to cool off and enjoy some summer fun."

Pedal boat and kayak rentals at the adjacent Lake Sedgewick also open for the season Memorial Day Weekend. Pedal boats and kayaks may be rented weekdays, noon to 8pm and weekends 11am - 8pm. The last boat rental is one hour before closing.

Single and tandem kayaks are available for $5 per person per hour. Four person pedal boats may be rented for $10 an hour. Boat rentals are not available when the pool is closed or when weather conditions are deemed unsafe for boaters.

Further information about the village's summer offerings at Centennial Park is available by calling 708/403-7275.

Village offices and the Secretary of State satellite facility at the village hall will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of the holiday. Garbage pick-up will be one day later beginning May 28.