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Water Tower Social District Improvements


The City of Oak Park is considering improvements to the Water Tower Social District and the plans linked below show some of the options being considered.

Questions and comments can be directed to Economic and Planning Director Kimberly Marrone @ and/or Economic Development and Planning Specialist Salam Habhab @

Please feel free to click on and browse the plans in place thus far: 

Water Tower Social District Vision Board for Proposed Improvements

Lot Overview

Proposed Plan for Water Tower Social District on 11 Mile 




Gardner Street at Kingston Street will be temporarily closed for the month of October for the installation of a temporary pocket park. This temporary closure and installation is part of the City's planning process for a potential permanent pocket park in our Water Tower Social District. The closure will begin on Friday, Sept. 30 during the workday and we anticipate the road to re-open on either Monday, Oct. 31 or Tuesday, Nov. 1.

This temporary closure will allow the City to determine the impact a permanent closure could have on our road users; additional traffic studies in the area will be conducted in October to help determine the long-term impact.  

We would appreciate any feedback and concerns people have about this temporary closure or a potential permanent closure. We want to hear from everyone who may be impacted by our actions. Please send any feedback to

A  kickoff event for the temporary pocket park is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1 from 1-3 pm. There will be free hot dogs and water, as well as various family-friendly games. Additional events are planned throughout the month on evenings and weekends; a schedule of events is available online and in City facilities. Everyone is welcome to attend and let us know their opinions.  We appreciate the patience of the community as we work to make long-term improvements.