6.1.3 - Self-Directed Programs and Services

Standard:  The agency shall offer self-directed recreation opportunities for individuals and groups to participate without leadership, under only general supervision.  Examples include picnic facilities, tennis courts, roadways in scenic areas, bridle trails, self-guiding nature trails, and open playgrounds.  

Suggested Evidence of Compliance: Provide examples of how the agency provides self-directed recreation opportunities, including a list of such opportunities.

Informational reference in the Management of Park and Recreation Agencies, (2010), 3rd Ed., Chapter 9 – Program Services and Event Management, p. 161.

Agency Evidence of Compliance:

The Park District of Oak Park offers a wide variety of self-directed programs and services including, but not limited to:

  • Walking Paths
  • Playgrounds
  • Athletic Fields
  • Outdoor Basketball Courts
  • Dog Parks
  • Outdoor Swimming Pools
  • Splash Pads
  • Indoor Ice Rink
  • Outdoor Ice Rinks
  • Sand Volleyball Court
  • Tennis Courts
  • Chess Tables
  • Picnic Areas

A matrix1 showing these opportunities in each Park District park & facility is included in each Park District brochure.  Additionally, the public has the ability to search for the locations of these opportunities on the Park District's website2.


  1. 06.01.03_Facility-Features-Matrix-in-Program-Guide.pdf
  2. Park District of Oak Park Online Park & Facility Search

Agency Self Review: MET