Oak Lawn's renovated Memorial Park, also called Rocket Ship Park, will have its grand reopening at 5:30 pm Wednesday. | Steve Metsch/Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 24, 2014 6:40AM
The Oak Lawn Park District will hold a grand reopening of Memorial Park, also known as Rocket Ship Park, located at 102nd Street and Major Avenue, on Wednesday.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a judo demonstration and the Rec-Mobile program from 6 to 8 p.m.
Renovations to the park include a space-themed playground, splash pad, Neos electronic-interactive game, outdoor work-out equipment, pavilion, tennis courts, basketball courts, swings, washrooms and more.
The Rec-Mobile program is a free traveling recreation program aimed at children in kindergarten through the fifth grade. It brings games, sports, arts and crafts, organized and free play to Oak Lawn parks. Park District staff supervises activities, but parent and/or guardian attendance is encouraged. No registration is necessary.
Longtime residents likely recall the old rocket ship playground which was removed in 1990 due to parts no longer being available to maintain the equipment. In May 2011, the Oak Lawn Park District received a matching grant of $400,000 from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and renovations began in the spring of 2013.
Refreshments will be provided Wednesday. Call 708-857-2225 for more information.