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 - Fall 2016
Park Improvement News
Lincoln Meadows Park Grand Re-Opening
Commissioners Tom Ruvoli and Katie Rak performed the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the Grand Re-Opening of Lincoln Meadows Park. It was held on June 20th from 6:00-7:30 pm in conjunction with Party in the Park - “School’s Out for Summer”. Festivities included a DJ dance party, giant inflatables, kid’s games and more. Refreshments of popcorn, cookies and drinks were also served. Lincoln Meadows Park located at Johnson Avenue and Elm Street now has a completely new look. The new playground was installed with equipment designed for 2-12 year olds and includes; swings, a hippo play feature, a main play structure and a free standing climber. The site also has new landscaping and benches for all to enjoy.
New Playground at Stone Creek Park
Stone Creek Park, located at the intersection of Pine Ridge Drive and High Stone Way is currently undeveloped. Stone Creek Park will undergo a transformation this Fall. A new multi-age playground will be installed and benches will be added to the park. The renovations are expected to be completed by the end of the 2016 year. The Frankfort Park District area residents are very excited for this new addition.
New Buildings & Grounds Foreman
The Frankfort Park District is pleased to announce Hugh Bronson as the new Buildings & Grounds Foreman as of April 11, 2016. Under the direction and supervision of Sandy Stundins, Superintendent of Building and Grounds, Foreman Hugh’s responsibilities include supervising full time, part time, and seasonal staff as well as performing a variety of special projects, park maintenance, facility maintenance, custodial and recreation support activities. Hugh brings over 30 years of experience with him from his previous job with the Chicago Public Schools. He is a Licensed Stationary Engineer by the City of Chicago and his expertise is in building maintenance. Hugh is a Frankfort resident and will be a great addition to our team!
Operation Playground Foundation
New Outdoor Exercise Equipment at Michele Bingham Memorial Park
New outdoor exercise equipment was installed July 6 along the Old Plank Trail at Michele Bingham Memorial Park. The new workout equipment area is located between Old Plank Trail and the Michele Bingham Parking Lot. The project was made possible by funding from the Operation Playground Foundation and collaborative efforts of the Frankfort Park District and the Village of Frankfort. The Village authorized the Park District to lease the easement along the trail which allowed for the district to oversee the installation and maintenance of the work out equipment. Funding for the project was provided but the Operation Playground foundation which is a non-profit volunteer organization that proudly serves the Frankfort community. The funds donated by Operation Playground covered the cost of the concrete foundation and four pieces of exercise equipment. The exercise equipment includes; a Squat Press, a Pull Up and Dip Station, a Seated Chest Press and a Seated Lat Pull. Operation Playground Foundation funding has significantly helped in providing assistance and support for the improvement of Frankfort Park District facilities and development of several projects for the youth and adults of the Frankfort Park District. The Frankfort Park District is grateful for all of the accomplishments and projects that Operation Playground Foundation has supported throughout the parks. To find out more information about Operation Playground Foundation or to make a donation visit their web site at www.opfrankfort.org
Welcome New Executive Director - Gina Hassett
The Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners and Staff are pleased to announce and would like you to join us in welcoming Gina Hassett our new Executive Director for the Frankfort Park District. After working extensively with the Illinois Association of Park Districts, the Board of Commissioners hired Gina Hassett as our new Executive Director. Gina’s position was made official at the May 24th Board Meeting and her first day as Executive Director began June 6th. “We are excited to have Gina as our new Executive Director. Her strong leadership and financial management skills will help to guide our Park District in the coming years. We feel she will continue to strengthen the Park Districts place in our community,” said John J. Reilly, President Frankfort Park District.
Gina comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience as she has 20 years of park and recreation experience - serving the past eight years as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Village of Hinsdale. She received her bachelor’s degree in recreation administration from Eastern Illinois University. Gina has strong skills in project management, community outreach and budget preparation. She looks forward to engaging with community members and organizations to forge and strengthen relationships. She has a strong desire to address the community’s needs and provide quality and innovative recreational opportunities to everyone.
Tom Barz Elected Chairman-Elect of the IAPD Board of Trustees
Tom Barz, Vice President of the Frankfort Park District, was recently elected Chairman-Elect of the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ (IAPD) Board of Trustees. Barz joined the IAPD board in 2010 and served two years as Vice-Chairman. He works with the 19-member board to advise the association in providing service, research, advocacy, public awareness and educational programs for the membership of 366 park, recreation and conservation agencies and nearly 100 affiliated business partners. “Tom is deeply committed to furthering the park, recreation and conservation mission in Illinois,” said Peter Murphy, IAPD President and Chief Executive Officer. “He has been a great asset to the IAPD board, and I look forward to continuing to work with him to advance park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies statewide.” Barz currently serves on the IAPD Ambassadors, Board Development, Executive, Honors and Resolutions, Membership and Program committees. He also serves on the IAPD/Illinois Park and Recreation Association Joint Conference Committee and Joint Coordinating Council. IAPD was established in 1928 and is the oldest state association for parks, recreation and conservation in America. The association serves more than 2,100 elected park, recreation and forest preserve district board members who govern more than 360 agencies employing 40,000 individuals. IAPD strives to improve Illinois’ quality of life through park districts, forest preserves, conservation and recreation agencies by establishing grants and other new revenue streams for park land, facilities and services; educating the public about the positive effects parks and recreation have on communities; and meeting the problem of decreasing open space in Illinois.
Short Run on a Long Day 5K Race Re-cap
The Frankfort Park District’s 16th Annual Short Run On A Long Day, 5K Run / Walk was held on Wednesday, June 15, 7:00 PM at Main Park, located at 400 W. Nebraska Street in Frankfort. Congratulations to all the runners who participated in this year’s Short Run on a Long Day 5K race! We had 391 registered runners taking part in this year’s run. The 1st Place winners and times are: Overall Male, Fredric Nielsen, 39 of Orland Park, IL 17:05.1; Overall Female, Kristin Kotara, 38 of Mokena, IL 20:19.4. This is Kristin’s 3rd year in a row winning 1st place overall female. Thanks to all of our 2016 Sponsors; Town Center Bank, Re/Claim Fitness, Jeffrey LaMorte Salon & Day Spa, Baird & Warner, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Palermo’s Pizza, Creamery, Integrated Physical Medicine, Running Excels, Holistic Health & Chiropractic of Frankfort, Lincoln-Way Select Properties, Hinckley Springs, Jewel-Osco, OrangeTheory Fitness and Real Time Pain Relief. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped at the Short Run on a Long Day. Thank you to the Frankfort Police Department and Frankfort Fire Protection District. Thank you to Chip Timing by T & H Timing. Sponsorship is available for next year’s 2017 run.
Photo Caption - (left to right): Fredric Nielsen, 1st Place Overall Male winner and John Reilly, Board of Commissioners President.
Photo - (left to right): Kristin Kotara, 1st Place Overall Female winner and John Reilly, Board of Commissioners President.
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 email@example.com.
Interested in Volunteering?
Contact Cali DeBella our Special Events Coordinator at 815-469-9400 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 2016 Volunteer Opportunities:
Please click HERE to download a listing of our 2016 Summer Volunteer Opportunities.
Fall 2016 Volunteer Opportunities:
Please click HERE to download a listing of our 2016 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.
Customer Service Statement
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