Park Pulse

The Park Pulse is a monthly newsletter distributed to the 157-C schools.  The newsletter features upcoming events, programs and announcments  from the Park District.
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Park Perks - Winter/Spring 2014

Park Improvement News

Michele Bingham Memorial Park Updates
Look for the playground opening celebration this Spring!

The second phase of the three part improvement plan for Michele Bingham Memorial Park began during the fall of 2013.  The new playground installation at Michele Bingham Memorial Park is now completed.  The project improvements included; new playground equipment, playground surfacing, and a concrete sidewalk and curbing.  Landscape restoration added the finishing touches to the site.  The new playground opened for use mid-October. 

Butterfly Garden
Eagle Scout Project at Main Park

A butterfly garden designed and laid out by Bob Mueller, a member of Boy Scout Troop 49, as an Eagle Scout Project has been installed at Frankfort Park District’s, Main Park. Construction and installation of the butterfly garden project was completed on Sunday, September 15th by members of Troop 49, Bob Mueller, troop adults, family, and friends.  The landscaping and layout includes; a dozen different types of butterfly attracting plants, flagstone walkway paths, two trellised arbors, five red butterfly houses, and three informational “Interpretive Signs” housed in shadow boxes.  The interpretive signs display; information on the project, images and names of common butterflies, the lifecycle of a butterfly, what flowers attract butterflies, and a plant map layout of the butterfly garden complete with legends to guide you on the various plant’s location within the garden.

Bob Mueller has become part of the Chicago Zoological Society’s Communities and Nature program by creating this butterfly garden as an Eagle Scout project.  This garden not only serves as an essential source of food for native butterflies it also provides learning opportunities for children and adds beauty to the Park District and Frankfort.

Winter Outdoor Activities

This season, winter outdoor skating activities will once again be located at Main Park.  Two ice skating rinks will be installed; one designated for ice hockey and the other is for open skate.  The sled hill located at Commissioners Park, features sledding under the lights and is open daily as weather permits.  For more details visit the website at

Brookmeadow Park Updates

The transfer from the developer - Frankfort Farms LLC, of Brookmeadow Park to the Park District is complete.  Site improvements have begun focusing on restoration of the natural prairie surrounding the pond.  The prairie was inundated with an invasive willow species which quickly spreads choking out native plants as well as rupturing portions of the walking trail surrounding the pond.  The willow has been 90% removed and the damaged areas of pavement have been replaced. Prairie restoration work will continue throughout the next year.

Operation Playground Foundation

Main Park Basketball Courts

Main Park will have two new basketball half courts for open play in the spring of 2014.  Proceeds from the Operation Playground Foundation Golf Outing, held October 4, helped to fund the basketball half courts.  The installation includes; court pavement with acrylic court surfacing/lines as well as professional style goals.  Landscape restoration around the court areas has been completed.  Look for 3 on 3 Tournaments and Leagues.

Shaffer Park Dedication

The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the renaming of Tanglewood Park to Shaffer Park was held on Sunday, September 29th.  The park was renamed and dedicated to Paul Shaffer, Frankfort Park District Commissioner, who retired after 28 years of service. During his seven terms of service, he has served in all capacities on the Park Board; president, vice president, treasurer and as secretary. Commissioner Shaffer also served as a Lincoln-Way Special Recreation Association Board member for 18 years. His knowledge, professionalism, and commitment have been an asset to our district, residents and community.

Frankfort Park District and BMO Harris Bank Receive Best of the Best Award

The Frankfort Park District’s outstanding work has been recognized again this year by receiving a statewide award at the Illinois Association of Park Districts' Best of the Best Awards Gala.  The Frankfort Park District received the “Best of the Best” award in the best friend of Illinois Parks - small business category for its nomination of BMO Harris Bank of Frankfort. The District competed against other park districts, forest preserves, and conservation and recreation agencies throughout the entire state in order to win this prestigious award.

The Best of the Best Awards Gala took place at Wheeling Park Districts' beautiful Traditions at Chevy Chase Country Club on the evening of Friday, September 27, 2013.  The award was presented to Tom Carstens, Executive Director of Frankfort Park District, Tom Barz, President of Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners, Karen Ketchen, Vice President of Community Affairs - BMO Harris Bank, Rami Haleem, Market Manager - BMO Harris Bank, and Donna Capretti, Senior Premiere Banker - BMO Harris.

BMO Harris Bank is the Frankfort Park District’s “Gold” Sponsor (Primary partner).  The Frankfort Park District has been fortunate to have the support of BMO Harris Bank of Frankfort. The contributions BMO Harris Bank of Frankfort has made to the Park District are significant and essential to the quantity and quality of the program offerings. BMO Harris Bank has been an outstanding partner with the Frankfort Park District and the Frankfort community.

After-Hours Drop Box

For your convenience, the Frankfort Park District has an after-hours drop box located outside of the main entrance of the Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street. Registrations placed in the drop box will be processed the following business day.

Hold your next party at the Frankfort Park District!

If you are looking for an affordable site to hold your party or event, the Founders Community Center is available for rental. Parties, weddings, showers or meetings can be held in our classrooms, gymnasium or the Founders Room. For more information, including rental rates and availability, please call the park district office at 815-469-9400.

Customer Service Statement

The Frankfort Park District is committed to providing responsive, friendly, courteous and excellent service to our customers.

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you need Community Service hours for school? Or do you just enjoy helping others? The Frankfort Park District is always looking for volunteers to help with various Special Events and other programs. Interested in volunteering? Contact Cali DeBella our Special Events Coordinator at 815-469-9400 or email her at

Thank you from the Frankfort Park District

The Frankfort Park District would like to take a moment to thank all of you who have volunteered at our events throughout the year. A lot of time and work goes into putting on a successful event, and we could not have done it without our volunteers! We appreciate your continued support!