Oak Park Residents:
As we fall into autumn it is important to be reminded of our standards and expectations here in Oak Park. In the nine years I have served Oak Park as City Manager I have witnessed a transformation for the better, and I am certain our evolution has only just begun.
The sunflower fields bring brightness and beauty to what would have otherwise been empty spaces. The “City of Oak Park” sign that hangs over I-696 is now a hallmark symbol of our beautification and welcoming standards in this community, as further exemplified by the Keep Michigan Beautiful Award we just received for it. And, our attention to detail roots even deeper into the fabric of our being as each season passes.
While we have countless reasons to be proud of our City, we are also always seeking to improve. Continuous improvement provides a framework for identifying values and putting practices into action that encompass those values. To be successful means to embrace change and evolve with time, and those who live in this City and have businesses in this City and cannot be exempt from this. To remain inline with change for the greater good we must understand that such adaptations are forms of improvement.
I also believe in leading by example, which is why I and the City of Oak Park team continuously work to meet and exceed our maintenance and beautification standards. This certainly takes both commitment and time. And while the journey to meeting the standards we set can be long, know that we are dedicated to achieving them and presenting you—Oak Park residents—with a City worth being proud of.
It is vital that we all work together to create a beautiful, and safe, Oak Park. I am grateful for those who recently stepped up to improve a portion of Greenfield Road during a clean-up event and also for those who put in the regular effort to keep their properties and our City clean. The basics, such as an absence of litter, blight and weeds and adherence to our Code of Ordinances, are expected of us all. To meet basic standards, and certainly to exceed them, we must not only hold ourselves accountable, but others around us as well.
It takes a village, or in our case a City, to establish and meet standards of excellence, and we are well on our way.
....Oak Park Public Meetings Now Virtual
Public meetings held by the City of Oak Park will now be held virtually on Zoom through Dec. 31, 2021 per an Emergency Order Resolution recently approved by the City Council. All information on how to access public Boards and Commission meetings can be found here.
Regular City Council meetings, held the first and third Monday of each month at 7 pm, can be accessed:
- Via this link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84563649451?pwd=aU1idUN2SmhrVzJwUDlLQ2o2UlJtdz09)
- Or by calling (646) 558-8656
- Meeting ID: 845 6364 9451
- Passcode: 725486
Effective Sept, 16, 2021 by order of the Oak Park City Council and City Manager's Office, all members of the public, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, must wear face coverings to enter City facilities, and for the duration of their stay in our facilities.
We continue to have the best interest of our residents and employees at heart and appreciate your cooperation at a time when COVID-19 case numbers are again on the rise.
The COVID-19 vaccine is available to the public, through a partnership with Henry Ford Health Systems, in the Community Center (14300 Oak Park Blvd.) every third Wednesday between 9 am and 4 pm. Vaccinations are free and this is a walk-in clinic. The next clinic will be held on Oct. 6, 2021.
Boo Bash: October 23