Recreation and parks
Orland Park boasts a very large Recreation and Parks Department. With over 60 parks in the village, there are plenty of options for recreation, from sports complexes to nature trails.
The Centennial Park Aquatic Center is a 192-acre (78 ha) park with a public pool. With six water slides, two large pools, and a children's play area, it is one of the largest public pools in the area. Since its debut in 1992, the Aquatic center has gone through multiple renovations to accommodate its growing popularity. There have been several add-ons, including two new water slides, and two outdoor sand volleyball courts.
Located just south of the Centennial Park Aquatic Center, Lake Sedgewick is a 95-acre (38 ha) lake with plenty of activities to take advantage of. There are multiple hiking paths, nature trails, boardwalks, and boat ramps. There are also pedal boats and kayaks available to rent. Fishing and boating is allowed as well.
The Winter Wonderland Ice Rink is also located in Centennial Park. Opened from November to March, this outdoor ice rink is free of charge. There is a small warming hut where you can rent ice skates.
Located on 159th Street, the Sportsplex is the largest indoor recreational facility in Orland Park. There are three full-sized basketball courts, an indoor soccer field, and a full weight room with free weights, plenty of cardio options, and a ¼-mile indoor track. Personal trainers are available, along with many different fitness classes, including Pilates, yoga, cycling, and zumba. The Sportsplex also has a 35-foot (11 m) rock wall with six different routes for all skill levels. With over 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2) of space, the Sportsplex is the recreation center of Orland Park.
Orland Park is served by four grammar school districts, Orland School District #135, Community Consolidated School District #146, Palos School District #118 and Kirby School District #140. A majority of Orland Park is within Orland School District #135.
St. Michael School is located within Orland Park. A number of other parochial schools in the region provide bus service for Orland Park students.
Because of Orland Park's large population, one of the major high school's in District 230 is Carl Sandburg High School, along with Victor J. Andrew High School and Amos Alonzo Stagg High School. CSHS has a little less than 4,000 students. Sandburg is known for its great sports teams because of the number of Regional, Sectional, and State titles it has accumulated over the years.
Orland Park is located within Consolidated High School District #230 and high school students attend Orland Park’s Carl Sandburg High School, with a small portion of the village attending A.A. Stagg High School in nearby Palos Hills. Sandburg’s ACT composite score for 2007/08 was 22.7 with SAT scores averaging 635, 644 and 630 for Critical Reading, Math and Writing, respectively.
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