Recreation in and around Oakwood
Lake Charles, a fifteen-acre man-made lake and storm-water detention area, is the focal point of the Oakwood subdivision. Members are encouraged to use Lake Charles for boating and fishing. The lake is fishable from boats or designated areas along the Eastern Shoreline or Westman Beach at the south end of the lake (refer to the Common Area Rules for specifics. Members who do not live adjacent to the lake may launch and tie up their boats at designated locations along the Eastern Shoreline with prior permission and boat tags from the Landscape committee.
The Eastern Shoreline consists of two fishing piers and a beautifully landscaped nature path ideal for quiet walks. Westman Beach provides a sandy area for family recreation. Lake Charles, the Eastern Shoreline, and Westman Beach are available for use only by Oakwood residents and their guests. Anyone present in these areas must provide upon request a driver's license or other identification as proof of residence in Oakwood.
Ty Warner Park is the largest park in the district totaling 36 acres and offers a large variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. At its core are three mufti-purpose ball fields anchored by a concession building complete with handicapped accessible washrooms. Adjacent to this area is a courtyard laid out with benches, decorative lighting, stone masonry and brick work. Nearby is a large garden gazebo on a great lawn that can accommodate public gatherings and is host to our annual summer series of "Concerts in the park". Patrons of these functions will be surrounded in the traditional formal garden setting defined by a decorative fountain, park benches and path lighting.
Also in Ty Warner Park's core is an accessible community playground
anchored by a large open air shelter of the same architectural style as the garden gazebo. The playground consists of a tot lot encouraging social play, imaginary play and development of fine and large motor skills. Tots will be safely corralled in their own playground away from the aggressive play of older and larger children.
The older children find a more challenging atmosphere encouraging them to explore physical challenges and social interaction on the cutting edge play apparatus called the Galaxy series. Possibly the most exciting element of the playground is the zero-depth splash pad. Cushioned by a safe and soft resilient rubber surface, kids and adults can splash in the summer sun by the simple touch of a button. Based on a nautical theme, water sprays through an in-ground spout, whales tail, or maybe even an anchor will squirt or spray the water.
Ty Warner Park also offers passive recreation and opportunities to bond with nature. The pavilion serves as a shelter with accessible washrooms. Restored woodlands and enhanced wetlands are connected through a prairie system surrounding the perimeter of the park linked by a series of interpretive signs. Along the perimeter, walkers and joggers enjoy the natural surroundings on a paved 1 mile path. Cross country skiing enthusiasts will also have use of the interior and perimeter path system during the winter months. Two tennis courts and a sled hill provide additional opportunities for outdoor recreation.