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. At this link, you can review further information about how Lake Charles came to be!
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.
Please refer to the Common Area Rules for specific use of these Oakwood amenities.
Ty Warner Park is the largest park in the district totaling 36 acres and offers a large variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Trails, fountains, ball fields, natural and planned garden areas, jungle gyms, tot playgrounds and of course the splash pad - Ty Warner has it all.
At its core sits the Gazebo* surrounded by a courtyard with formal gardens and stone work.
Nearby is the oversized Pavilion* complete with picnic tables, grills in warmer months. This area hosts “Concerts in the Park” and 4th of July Fireworks!
*Call the Westmont Park District for details and schedules for how you might rent these structures for your next party.
The first 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.
Older kids find a more challenging atmosphere encouraging them to explore physical challenges and social interaction on the cutting edge play apparatus called the Galaxy series, and the zip line across the way.
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. 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 one mile (200 step) paved path.
Cross country skiing enthusiasts will also have use of the interior and perimeter path system during the winter months.
A steep hill is available for adventurous sledders. In recent winters the WPD lined the bottom of the hill with hay bales and added a rope to make the climb back easier.
Are you a sports enthusiast? Here you will discover two tennis courts, three baseball fields and two soccer fields, all well lit for you to track those scores.
At the NE corner of Ty Warner Park you can cross the street and find James M. Long Park (821 Blackhawk Dr.). There you will find a sand volleyball court and small basketball court with an adjustable height basketball hoop.
The Natatorium of Ty Warner offers swim lessons, lap pools, as well as regional and national swim meet opportunities.
275 Plaza Drive
The FMC Natatorium at Ty Warner Park is a 71,000 square-foot aquatic facility.