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.

Public Forum on the District 200 Referendum

SEOPCO will hold an Open Public Forum on the District 200 Referendum on Tuesday October 25th  from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  The forum will be held at Washington Irving Elementary School, 1125 South Cuyler Avenue. Speakers will represent District 200, as well as the Yes and No positions, followed by a moderated question & answer session from the audience. We plan to broadcast live via Facebook live video. Details on the live stream will be posted at: If there are any questions please post them to the Seopco Facebook page.”

Community Policing Meeting Dates

Here is a list of upcoming meeting dates for community members to meet with our local Resident Beat Officers (RBO) and Neighborhood Resource Officers (NRO) to discuss issues of safety and other topics. Meetings are at 7:00 PM.

DATE                                   ZONE                    LOCATION

Tue        14Jun16               Zone 7/8              Barrie Center

Wed       06Jul16                Zone 6                  618 S Austin substation

Tue        12Jul16                Zone 7/8              Barrie Center

Wed       03Aug16              Zone 6                  618 S Austin

Tue        09Aug16              Zone 7/8              Barrie Center

To see which Zone you live in, visit the Village website.

Barrie Fest Sponsors

SEOPCO couldn’t hold Barrie Fest without the support of these sponsors. We’d like to send out  a special thanks to all of these organizations, especially our lead sponsor, the Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest.

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frame warehouse culvers

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for our two big events in September.
Movie Night in Barrie Park will be held on Friday Sept. 9, in conjunction with Irving School and the Park District. We’ll have a pizza party starting in the late afternoon, then show a movie at dusk.

The next day, Saturday the 10th, is our annual Barrie Fest, starting at noon. We’re still working on the agenda — feel free to email with suggestions. We will definitely have bands, a business fair, bounce houses and other entertainment.

Stay tuned for more details.

South East Oak Park Community Organization