Parking garage partially closing for repairs

September 28, 2017

Dear OPRF Families and Students,

The Village of Oak Park board has approved some significant and rather urgent repairs to the parking garage at Scoville Avenue and Lake Street. (Under an intergovernmental agreement, the village owns the garage while the district owns the land on which it’s built.) One of the most significant concerns is that water from rain and snow is seeping into and deteriorating the concrete structure. Freezing and thawing worsens the damage, which has become extensive enough that the village has decided to do the repair work as soon as possible, rather than wait until next summer when parking needs are greatly reduced.

The work will begin Wednesday, Oct. 4, and is planned to be completed prior to Thanksgiving. The village board opted to go with an eight-week schedule that will allow partial use of the garage during the repairs, instead of a six-week schedule that would have shut down the entire garage. The village is providing the following parking options that affect students and visitors:

  • South Boulevard (south side of train tracks): In addition to being available to student permit holders as they currently are, spots on the north side of South Boulevard from Elmwood to Wesley will be available to faculty and staff, all on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Scoville and Lake parking garage: 20 spots will be marked as reserved for visitor parking.

  • Surrounding streets: The resident-only parking restrictions are being removed for faculty and staff only.

  • For special events such as Homecoming and football games: Restrictions on residential blocks will be lifted for visitors, as indicated by temporary signage. Please be sure to read signage carefully to ensure you are legally parked.

We understand that this project will be an inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience during the work. If you have any questions, please contact


Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams