Robert Allen McAllister Park

McAllister Park is named for Silver Star recipient Robert Allen McAllister and includes a pollinator garden featuring native plants and at the request of the family, the oak trees will remain untouched. This green space is perfect for quiet contemplation and reflection.

The park was officially dedicated in a ceremony held on June 26, 2023. The VFW Post No. 2791, Kevin Clarke Detachment 1217 Marine Corps League and the American Legion Post 615 presented a color guard, gun salute and playing of Taps. Marie Ryan, President of the Park District Board of Commissioners, thanked the McAllister Family for their generous donation of the land and gratitude for Bobby McAllister’s service and ultimate sacrifice for our country. Board members Bernie O’Boyle, Ashley Rubino, Don Cuba and Lisa O’Donovan were also present for the event. Jack McAllister, brother of Bob, spoke briefly about the family’s history in Tinley Park and how them came to own this property.


Dawn - Dusk

Park District facilities with outdoor lighting may extend hours of use depending on use, need, and season.

About McAllister Park

Tinley Park-Park District was honored to receive a land donation from the family of Robert Allen McAllister.

Bobby, as his family called him, was born July 16, 1948 and grew up on the family farm in Tinley Park. He was the second of six children born to Ray and Dorothy McAllister. Bobby joined the Marines after graduating from Carl Sandburg High School in 1966.

On August 18, 1968, Bobby was killed in action in Viet Nam when his group came under enemy attack. Although mortally wounded as he attempted to reach the battery aid station, he saw two hostile soldiers about to attack a bunker containing several of his fellow Marines. Despite his injuries, Bobby exerted his remaining strength to deliver accurate fire against the enemy soldiers and prevented them from carrying out the attack. His bravery and selflessness saved those Marines from death or serious injury. Bobby was awarded the Silver Star Medal posthumously for his actions that day. He will always remain in the hearts of his family and friends.

It is with deep gratitude for the sacrifice Bobby McAllister made for his nation and heartfelt thanks to his family that we gratefully accept this gift.

Protect the Parks

The District takes great pride in providing safe, clean outdoor amenities for residents and visitors and our staff works hard to maintain the premises. If you see something unusual happening at a park, please notify us at 708-342-4200 or the Tinley Park Police Department at 708-532-9111. For information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons performing acts of vandalism or destruction within any park, there is a reward up to $500.