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2017 SEOPCO Goals

2017 SEOPCO Goals

  • Continue to keep SEOP residents informed on local issues relating to our Mission.
  • Maintain and communicate a positive identity for our neighborhood.
  • Continue to work with Citizens for Appropriate Transportation and the Village of Oak ParkP on the I-290 redevelopment
  • Possibly hold a forum to communicate with neighbors
    • Discuss and encourage diversity
  • Ongoing discussion of this topic and how it relates to who we are and where we live
  • Consider holding a diversity forum, partnering with the Housing Center
  • Continue annual events
  • Movie night with the Park District
    • Back to School pizza party with Irving School
    • Tentative date is Friday, September 8
  • Barrie Fest
    • Tentative date is Saturday, September 9
  • Encourage and support a “Green” Community
    • Ongoing discussion and collaboration with local organizations to encourage conservation and recycling
  • Hold an election forum for Village government candidates and the D97 referendum

SEOPCO Accomplishments in 2016

  • Informed our neighborhood about local events, communicating  via Facebook, our email list and Twitter.
  • Organized our annual Barrie Fest, which took place in September.  Live bands played throughout the afternoon as approximately 400 neighbors enjoyed visiting our business fair and jumping in the bounce houses, This year we also added a climbing wall, which was quite popular. Local artists and bands provided live entertainment. The Oak Park Fire Department stopped by, as well as the Oak Park Library’s Book Bike. Our new food vendor, Carnivore, was busy throughout the day selling delicious sandwiches. It was a wonderful afternoon to visit with friends and meet neighbors!
  • Held a public forum on the District 200 Referendum in October with speakers representing the District 200 Board, as well as the Yes and No positions. This was followed by a moderated question & answer session from the audience. We broadcast this forum live via Facebook video.
  • Worked with our new Neighborhood Resource Officer, Derrick Verge as he hosted monthly meetings at Barrie Center. Each month Officer Verge and other members of the police force gathered to discuss how to increase safety in South East Oak Park.
  • Partnered with Culvers for an October fund raiser to help raise funds for the Holiday Food and Gift Basket program at Irving School.
  • Collaborated with the Oak Park Park District and the Irving PTO to plan annual Movie Night in conjunction with Irving’s Back-to-School party. A great time was had gathering to visit and eat pizza, but the threat of rain forced the cancellation of the movie. We’ll try again next year.
  • Monitored developments on the Eisenhower Transportation Corridor. There was no significant movement this year, but SEOPCO continues to stay in touch with this important transportation issue, with the help of Citizens for Appropriate Transporation.
  • Held a successful membership campaign with about 50 neighbors making contributions.

SEOPCO’s 2016 Membership Campaign

Dear Friends and Neighbors of South East Oak Park,

Over the last 14 years, South East Oak Park has become a vibrant, diverse neighborhood. We have a strong elementary school with a great reputation, and many new neighbors who have joined our community to live and raise their families.

This year we are again conducting our annual membership drive and inviting friends and neighbors to help us fund events and activities within our community. Your investment in our organization and community will go a long way toward funding our events and helping to increase awareness of Southeast Oak Park.

In 2016, SEOPCO is planning events we hope you will enjoy. We intend to collaborate with the Irving School PTO and the Park District of Oak Park to host Movie Night in Barrie Park. Our annual Barrie Fest will also be back for a 12th year and will feature local live entertainment, bounce houses, a business and organization fair, and much more. We also intend to keep the community informed on issues around the reconstruction of I-290.

Our suggested household annual membership is just $20. Please take a moment to donate by clicking on the “Contribute” tab. Or you can mail a check to SEOPCO, P.O. Box 1722, Oak Park, IL 60304.

Thanks for your support. On behalf of the SEOPCO board thank you all that you do for our neighborhood!

Co-Chairs Allan Flynn        Laura Crawford

BarrieFest 2015!

Celebrating the Southeast Oak Park Community
Saturday, September 12
Barrie Park (Lombard at Garfield)
12 – 5 PM

Live Entertainment!*

12:00 Walter Mitty Jazz Band
1:15 Jim Haptonstahl
2:30 Contemporary Music Project
4:00 Walking Boots

 Lots of Activities!

  • Bounce House and Obstacle Course!
  • Organization and Business Fair
  • The Book Bike! (1 pm)
  • Oak Park Fire Department truck with the “Flame House” for the Kids! (2-3 pm)
  • Bike registration by the OP Police Department!
  • Free Compost! (bring your own container)
  • Pet Parade at 2:00 p.m.! Dress your pets up! (starts at the stage)
  • Food by Robinson’s Ribs!

Lead Sponsor

Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest

Additional Sponsors

Commonwealth Edison
Culver’s of Berwyn
Fair Share Finer Foods
Frame Warehouse
House of Heat
Kolovitz Movers
Oak Park Regional Housing Center
Wednesday Journal

Logistical and Administrative Support
Park District of Oak Park