We have entered each of the last three years with hope, but that feeling was linked to very different reasons at the start of each year. For 2020, we had the traditional hopes that come with a new year. For 2021, we had hopes for a return to “normalcy” and improved health and safety. For 2022, all those hopes remain in place, but so do hopes of new opportunities and connections—the spirit that fuels this outlook for 2022 is at the heart of a strong community and gives way to turning past and future hopes into a reality.
As I reflect on 2021, and look ahead into 2022, I cannot help but focus on the bright spots that continued to make hope possible. Despite still enduring a global pandemic, the City of Oak Park moved forward on its path of excellence. We welcomed new businesses, opened a social district, brought back events in a safe manner, and expanded our services to the public to ensure they receive the support deserve. The City of Oak Park also welcomed its 39th City Council, passed two millage renewals, and grew to a population of 29,560. So much of this was done in a time where uncertainty continues to loom.
We cannot avoid the uncertainty in life, but we can build plans based off facts and data to be best prepared for many different scenarios. In 2022, the residents of Oak Park will witness the City digging even deeper into this method of planning, to ensure what we do as a City best serves our businesses and residents. Our Recreation Master Plan Update and Building Asset Study will draw on all the diverse voices of this community and examine our recreational needs, allowing for an informed recommendation to be made. This is one of the items I am certain will be a bright spot for Oak Park in 2022. It will undoubtedly serve as a beacon of hope and excitement in our community for years to come.
There is much to be hopeful for in 2022. I look forward to continuing to move Oak Park forward with all the opportunities we are ready and willing to seize.
The Recreation offices will remain open to the public though and staff can be reached at (248) 691-7555. Additionally, the Technical and Planning offices will still be answering the phones; they can be reached at (248) 691-7450.
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 Jan. 26, 2022.