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Mokena Community Park District

The Mokena Community Park District is the area’s leading recreational resource. It maintains more than 20 parks and facilities in the area, including Yunker Farm, the Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, the PDGA-certified Oaks Disc Golf Course (noted among the best in the nation), a skatepark and the up-and-coming Fox Ridge Park. This 10-acre site earned a $400,000 Open Space Land Acquisition & Development (OSLAD) grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in May 2011. This grant will help to develop a ball field, a multi-grid athletic field, an ADA-accessible playground, picnic areas and many other amenities at Fox Ridge Park.

The programming afforded through the Mokena Community Park District is just as impressive as its parks and facilities. Throughout the year, residents of all ages, interests and abilities participate in more than 300 activities, ranging from arts & crafts classes and athletics to summer camps and dance and music programs. The park district also hosts an assortment of community wide events, notably Concerts and Free Movies in the Park, a 5K run/walk, the annual Flea Market at Main Park and various holiday gatherings.

Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the activities offered at Hickory Creek Forest Preserve, part of the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Spanning the communities of Mokena, New Lenox and Frankfort, the preserve offers access to several popular trails, including the Hickory Creek Byway’s 2.8-mile West Branch and 1.8-mile East Branch, as well as the 21.5-mile Old Plank Road Trail. The preserve also presents opportunities for picnicking, camping, canoeing and environmental education.

Those who prefer to spend a day on the greens are furnished with several area golf courses, which feature well-maintained grounds and hazards to provide a challenge to the most seasoned of players. Among the popular choices in the region include the Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox, the Prestwick Country Club in Frankfort and the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park, to name a few.

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