2015 Run for Diversity 5K and 10K

Run-for-Diversity-2015-Logo-580x387Join Oak Park Regional Housing Center’s “Run for Diversity” on Sunday, August 9th, 2015. The 5k start time will be 7 a.m. and the 10k will start at 7:15 a.m. Both courses will begin near Mills Park in the Pleasant District of Oak Park.

The Run for Diversity is a chip-timed race and times will be available online immediately following the race via ItsRaceTime.com.


For details and to register, visit: http://www.oprhc.org/runfordiversity2015/


To volunteer, contact: run@oprhc.org


Be an informed voter this Spring!

SEOPCO and the Wednesday Journal are sponsoring candidate forums for both school board races and the Park District.

All candidate forums will be held at Irving Elementary School Auditorium – 1125 S. Cuyler

Park Board of Oak Park Candidate Forum
Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

District 200 – Oak Park River Forest School Board Candidate Forum
Date: Thursday, March 19
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

District 97 – Oak Park Elementary School Board Candidate Forum
Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Sponsored by SEOPCO & the Wednesday Journal

2014 Contributions to the Community

Here’s how SEOPCO worked with the community in 2014 to make our neighborhood a better place.

  • Organized our Annual Barrie Fest, which took place in September.  Live bands played throughout the afternoon as approximately 300 neighbors enjoyed an afternoon of visiting our business fair, jumping in the bounce houses, Oak Park Fire Department demonstration and junior firefighters, having coffee or lunch and listening to great music.  Wonderful afternoon to visit with friends and get to know your neighbors!
  • Worked with the Oak Park Police Department to organize an expanded RBO meeting in response to safety concerns in our neighborhood this summer.  Approximately 10 officers from the Oak Park police, including Chief Tanksley, and over 50 community members gathered together to discuss how to increase safety in South East Oak Park.  This meeting has led to an increase in the number of officers attending RBO meetings to address specific community issues.
  • Contributed to a study of how best to shape the future of development along Roosevelt Road, commissioned by the Village and carrried out by Ehlers Inc.  A development funding analysis that resulted was presented to the Village Board.  Staff is still studying optons.
  • Partnered with Culvers for an October fund raiser to help raise funds for the Irving library.  All funds raised will go to purchasing new furniture for the library.
  • Worked with the Oak Park Park District and the Irving PTO to plan annual Movie Night in conjunction with Irving’s Back-to-School party.  Sadly, it was rained out for the first time.  The money paid for the licensing fee will be applied to next year’s Movie Night.  Thank you to the Park District and the PTO for all their work on this.
  • Monitored developments on the Eisenhower Transportation Corridor. There was no significant movement this year,
    but SEOPCO continues to stay in touch with this important transporation issue.

Join us at Barrie Fest – September 13

BarrieFest 2014
Celebrating the  Southeast Oak Park Community!

Saturday, September 13 in Barrie Park
(Lombard at Garfield)
1 – 5 PM

Lots of Activities!

Organization and Business Fair
Live music from Ring Shout and Friends, Jim Haptonstahl, and Bright Abyss
Free  organic compost for people to take home and give a boost to their gardens! (bring your own container)
Oak Park Fire Department truck with the “Flame House” for the Kids! (1-2 pm)
Bike registration by the OP Police Department
Bounce House and Obstacle Course
Pet Parade at 2:00 p.m.! Dress your pets up and win a prize (starts at the stage)

Lead Sponsor
Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest

Food by Robinson’s Ribs and beverages from Mojo Express

South East Oak Park Community Organization