OPRF High School graduation to compete with street festival

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Hundreds of residents and visitors will descend on Scoville Park on the first Sunday in June for the Day in Our Village Festival, which features 150 to 200 Oak Park-based vendors and various organizations.

Meanwhile, only a few blocks away on the same day, droves of families will be making their way to the Oak Park and River Forest High School graduation ceremony. The confluence of events could be a parking and traffic nightmare for the village.

Village spokesman David Powers said organizers of the festival have spoken with Oak Park Police and, "they really don't anticipate any problems."

"Police have a plan for the graduation to handle traffic and parking, and they are not concerned about (the two events) falling on the same day," Powers said.

What do Oak Parkers think?

Contact: tim@oakpark.com

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Oak Parker  

Posted: April 18th, 2014 8:44 AM

The police plan is to block off any parking withing a 2 block radius of OPRFHS. And they will do that first thing on Sunday morning if not Saturday night. If you are attending the DIOV on the north side of town, walk or bike. Don't forget that there is plenty of family friendly things to do at Rehm Park.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: April 17th, 2014 7:15 PM

And oh yeah, 'Go Hawks!'

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: April 17th, 2014 7:14 PM

Thanks, David. The fact is, I make posts in between writing, researching, watching TV, etc. And frankly, when responding to the superficial judgments of the numerous ignorati that post here, there's not all that much of a challenge. It takes much more time to respond (and I usually don't feel the need) to people who are actually moderately informed and thoughtful in their opinions. People who just want to riff semi-lierately on newspapers and writers are like flies to swat at.

Making a plan from Oak Park  

Posted: April 17th, 2014 7:11 PM

I have to say that the traffic last year for the graduation was a nightmare. There are many families with elderly and disabled family members that need to be dropped at the curb near the seating or the field house, and just getting the car to the curb was beyond crazy due to the seeming randomness of the blocked off and new one way streets. Knowing that there will be additional streets blocked off because of DIOV and that we again have elderly grandmothers, one with a cane, is not happy news.

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 17th, 2014 6:25 PM

Bill Dwyer, I've seen this so many times before. Someone, such as you, respond to a snark and the snark suggests that the only reason you responded is that you have so much time, and the snark is, you know, too busy to have time to respond thoughtfully. Lame beyond belief.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: April 17th, 2014 5:53 PM

Expose that I'm retired, This just in? Well, OK then. I'll save the bust folks at WJ the trouble. "I'm retired." Anything else? Like, maybe, a coherent comment on your part?

Black Poet  

Posted: April 17th, 2014 5:08 PM

YOU ALL ARE MISSING THE RACIAL ANGLE TO THIS STORY

This just in...  

Posted: April 17th, 2014 4:53 PM

Bill Dwyer has too much time on his hands. Maybe someone at the Wednesday Journal should do an expose on that?

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: April 17th, 2014 4:42 PM

I just love it when know-nothings like Slow News Day criticize the WJ for what they think, in their ignorance, is bad news judgment. First, it's news because A Day In Our Village brings hundreds of people west ok Lake Street to Scoville Park, which could be a problem with many hundreds more going to the graduation. And second, SND? Oak Park is about 52,000 strong, not 40K.

Slow News Day?  

Posted: April 17th, 2014 4:14 PM

WJ, why is this news? Boring. Also, is it really only "hundreds" that attend the Day in Our Village? That would be sad given we are over 40K strong.

June from Oak Park  

Posted: April 17th, 2014 2:30 PM

I dont see this as a problem. It'll be quite entertaining! I'm looking forward to volunteering again this year for DIOV

Marty Bracco from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 17th, 2014 12:21 PM

It will make for an interesting day, though the 3 PM start for the graduation may lessen the impact a bit. Since Day in our Village is always the first Sunday in June, the onus might be on OPRF to inform attendees of the events, and to try and approach from the east if at all possible. I'll remember to bike around town that day!

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