History of the Dolton Park District

In 1925, a group of interested citizens met to form a park district and selected a parcel of 21 acres in the center of the Village of Dolton.  This land was owned by Mrs. Matthew VenDersen, and her asking price was $3,000 per acre.

The Village of Dolton had a population of 2,300.  Mr. Fred Waterman, owner of approximately 200 acres of land incorporated as part of the Village of South Holland, requested that this area be included in the boundaries of the park district.  The name selected was the Dolton Park District.


1927

Petitions were circulated for signatures to hold an election to establish the Dolton Park District.  The new Board of Commissioners took office on May 1, 1927. The Dolton Park District was incorporated as recorded on July 27, 1927.

Dolton Park District Commissioners Building was the first building in the Dolton Park District and was used as the Administration Building for Commissioners.


1927

The West Garage was constructed to hold all lawn maintenance equipment for the Park.


1953

The Main Field House Banquet facility was built.


1979

The New Administration Building was built.


1996

Shaw Recreation Center was built which holds our Gymnasium, Fitness Room, Piano Room and Dance Room.


2015

Dolton Park District’s LEED Gold Early Learning Center was built.


2017

The Park District launched a new and improved mobile-friendly website.