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 2015
Park Improvement News
Paving Gravel Parking Lot @ Commissioners Park
The paving of the gravel parking lot at Commissioners Park was completed in fall of 2014. The 23,000 square foot area was the last remaining portion of gravel at the park. The newly paved parking lot serves the Bark Park dog park, soccer fields, and as an overflow lot for many of the activities at Commissioners Park.
The Emerald Ash Borer, or EAB, continues to devastate and destroy both green and white Ash trees. The Park District has been proactively managing its trees throughout the parks by inventory, assessment, treatment, and in some cases, removal. Staff has begun the process of planting a variety of new trees all through the parks, specifically in the parks that have had several Ash trees removed. The removal and replacement work will continue through the fall of 2015.
Heartsavers AED Grant Awarded
The Frankfort Park District is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a Heartsavers AED Grant in the Amount of $466.00 from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety. The grant money will go towards the purchase of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable medical device heart monitor and defibrillator that checks the heart rhythm. If needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm and can be lifesaving. The AED unit will be located at the south concession stand at Commissioners Park.
Winter Outdoor Activities
This winter season the two ice rinks will return to Main Park under the lights and is open daily as weather permits. One ice rink will be designated for free/open skate and the other is for ice hockey. Concessions, skates and snow shoe rentals will be available at the north concession building. The sled hill located at Commissioners Park, features sledding under the lights and is open daily when there is snow on the ground. Lights will stay on until 9 pm. For more details visit the website at www.frankfortparks.org as it gets closer to winter.
Will County Health Department Recognition
The Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners was presented with a "Certificate of Policy", by Cindy Jackson and Jenny Gorszczyk of the Will County Health Department, for passing the strongest tobacco-free policy (including e-cigarettes) in Will County. Will County also purchased advertising in the Chicago Sun-Times and local newspapers acknowledging that the Frankfort Park District has the most comprehensive policy in the county. They are sharing our policy with all the other park districts and are encouraging them to adopt similar policies.
LWSRA Softball National Champs 2014
The Lincolnway Special Recreation Association Junior Hawks softball team won the National Wheelchair Softball Associations World Series in August at Cubs Care Field located at McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave. in Chicago. The Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners recognized the Junior Hawks team at their September meeting and congratulated the team victories. Several of the players, their coach Pete Manglesdorf, and LWSRA Executive Director Keith Wallace attended and showed the Board their medals and the two trophies the team won. The Junior Hawks defeated the Nebraska Barrons 7-1 in the semifinals and the Minnesota Rolling Twins 1-0 in the championship. Team member included; Thomas Duffy, Romero Sortor, Justin Hillman, Kevin Hamilton, Markeese Poe, Tony Bensema, Brandon View, Rachel Hudson, Michael Piunti, Nicky Piunti, Aaron Holiday, Lizzett Lechuga and Ryan Glatach. The team was coached by Pete Manglesdorf, Mark Ballard, Mark Bensema, Sue Dineen and Keith Wallace.
Footlight Dance Students Entering Dance Competition
The high school girls in the Frankfort Park District Footlight Dance Programs will have the opportunity to enter into a dance competition this year! Instructor Jen Ward has been preparing her students, enrolled in the Ballet, Hip/Hop Jazz, and Tap programs, to enter and experience a dance competition for the first time. Ms. Jen is currently looking to register them for the Headliners Competition at Governors State University. The Headliners Competition is scheduled for March 28th, 2015. The dancers will compete in the lyrical and open dance categories. The open category is a fusion of two different forms of dance combined together. The open category dance will be fusing Jazz and Hip/Hop together. The dance techniques of Jazz and Hip/Hop jazz are closely related, yet different. For the lyrical dance category the main purpose is to show emotion through Ballet movement, “which the girls are excelling at," said Ms. Jen. The girls are practicing Saturday mornings for 3 hours in order to prepare for the dance competition. "I am very excited to be doing a competition because I think it would be an amazing experience and opportunity. I am honored to be representing the place that I have learned so much from for over 10 years. This will be a blast," said Marissa Smith. "I'm really excited to do a dance competition because in the 11+ years I've been here we have never done anything like it. We work very hard and I think it's great we finally have a chance to do one," Emma DeRubertis stated. The dance competition is a great experience and an exciting way the senior girls are able to share their amazing talents and love for the art of dance.
Welcome New Board Member
The Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners and Staff would like you to join us in welcoming our newly appointed board member, Margaret Farina. Board Secretary Jaclyn Schedin administered the oath of office to Margaret Farina who was sworn in on Tuesday, September 9th at the board meeting. She was congratulated and welcomed by all board members. Farina’s appointment fills the vacancy left by Kathy Tinker who resigned in June. Commissioner Farina said she is looking forward to the opportunity "to serve my community" and "ensure quality programs, playgrounds and facilities for all Frankfort residents to enjoy". Farina's experience in the community as a member of the Frankfort Lions Club will be an asset to the Frankfort Park District. Commissioner Farina has been a Frankfort resident for 5 years along with her husband Keith and two sons.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in Volunteering?
Contact Cali DeBella our Special Events Coordinator at 815-469-9400 or you can email her at email@example.com.
Please click HERE to download a listing of our 2014 Fall volunteer opportunities.
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.
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