Standing in a grove of red and black oaks, Oak Ridge is located on the crest of the Harbor Hill Moraine (a mass of rock formed by glacial movement) at the southwestern corner of Forest Park, overlooking Jamaica Plains.
Amenities + Details
Indoor Event Space
Outdoor - Covered
Outdoor - Not Covered
Up to 150
Country Club, Historic Venue, Park, Trees
Venue Service Offerings
Rentals & Equipment, Service Staff
Oak Ridge at Forest Park Reviews
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Reviewed On 1/14/2018 by Charles B
The most beautiful space in the area! French doors on either side of the space, old wood paneling and views of the park make it an old-world environment, while still being neat, clean, and modern. Who could ask for anything more? We found an...
Air B&B across the street for the immediate family, and we were very happy all weekend. The staff at Oak Ridge was very helpful and flexible and worked with our desires and schedule to make everything happen. We were able to have a jazz quartet on the terrace and food and drinks brought in. Sharon was great as our staff for the night. Nicole is a sweet person too and made our big-picture planning very easy.
Reviewed On 8/12/2016 by Janet B
My fiance and I spend most of our weekends in Forest Park. We immediately knew that Oak Ridge was where we wanted to spend our wedding day. Now that we have set a date and met with Nicole, we are even more sure that Oak Ridge will be perfect.
I met Nicole yesterday and she is absolutely amazing! She was so attentive, answered all my questions, and has already given me some great pointers as I plan my wedding at Oak Ridge. Can't wait!
Reviewed On 5/22/2014 by Genevieve M
I came across Oak Ridge from being a wedding photographer many years back, and I knew it was the place I wanted to have my wedding at. Although it was a bit difficult to find any info on this venue, they've been renting this beautiful, very ele...
gant historic house for many years, and I'm so glad I did!
Being a NYC Parks property, there were many rules - mostly very strictly enforced - but Nicole Gamory was such a pleasure to work with. The venue has two floors, and they give you the flexibility of renting one or both floors, which we did since our wedding is in April and were afraid of the changing weather. They have amazing views of the park and had just recently added a bridal suite (for an additional fee).
Our overall experience with Oak Ridge was great, but I'm giving the venue 1 less star for the limited time they allow to have access to the venue, as they allow 7 hours in total for an event (including setup and cleanup), so the actual wedding only lasted 5 hours. We could've used an extra hour or two to decorate and have everything settled before guests started walking in. Also, the bridal suite should've been included in the rental fee (especially because we rented both floors), which they offered a 3 or 6-hr option. We chose the 3-hr option as we didn't anticipate spending a lot of time in the suite and we are already past our budget, so we had to vacate the room midway thru our event, which was a bit stressful, but we made it work. Another issue we had in the beginning was finding a caterer within their recommended caterers, within our vision and budget. I won't elaborate on my caterer, Prima Donna Catering Service, on this review which wasn't such a great experience (and please do a search and read up on).
Onto the positives, they only required a small deposit to secure our date. The balance, along with the refundable security deposit (and other rentals, if any) were due a few weeks before the event. They were also able to finish the bridal suite in time for our wedding. Another plus is that the tables and chairs are included in our rental fee, and they only required from us to provide a floor plan ahead of time as they set it up before the event.
In retrospect, Oak Ridge is a beautiful, affordable alternative venue for a budget NYC wedding. I adore Nicole Gamory, her staff and their professionalism. I recommend this venue with a caveat on their policies, and understand that it's because the house is a historic site and a NYC Park facility, but would definitely consider this venue again in the future.