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.
Click here to view the May 2016 edition of Park Pulse.
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Click here to view the March 2016 edition of Park Pulse.
Park Perks - Summer 2016
Community Recreation/Fitness Center
Project - Proposal
The Park District is currently gathering public input on the community’s desire to fund a community recreation center and the scope of the project. The amenities being considered include an indoor three-lane elevated walking/jogging track, group exercise rooms, fitness center, two-court gymnasium, multipurpose rooms (2), kids play zone, locker rooms and more. Amenities and programs proposed are based on previous community opinion research and nothing is set in stone. The Park District will be hosting Open House meetings at the Founders Community Center on May 4 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm for residents to learn about and share their thoughts and recommendations on the proposed Community Recreation Center project. Also, a citizen-led task force has been formed to examine any and all proposals. No decision will be made to place a community recreation center proposal on the ballot until August 2016. The earliest a community recreation center proposal would appear on the ballot - assuming there is community support for the project - would be November 8, 2016. For additional information please see the fact sheet on pages 49 & 50 in the Summer 2016 brochure.
Frankfort Park District achieved Level A “Accreditation” status, recognizing excellence.
The Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA) is an intergovernmental risk pool, made up of 150 Park Districts, offering self-insured Property/Casualty and health coverage to park districts, special recreation associations, and forest reserve/conservation districts throughout Illinois.
PDRMA assigns a Risk Management Consultant to the Park District with the goal of keeping employees, patrons and property as safe as possible. To achieve this multifaceted objective PDRMA developed a comprehensive Loss Control Review (LCR). PDRMA worked with the Park District staff to identify and analyze risks, and then recommend ways to mitigate them, from proven effective best practices to innovative, customized solution.
The Frankfort Park District was notified by PDRMA (Park District Risk Management Agency/Pool) that they achieved “Accreditation” status, recognizing excellence. Accreditation is the highest level of achievement by a PDRMA member, attained through exceptional performance on the LCR. Criteria met includes; being a member for at least four full years, having completed two formal LCR’s, average of the two most recent reviews percentage scores being at least 95%, and must score better than the membership average for a five-year loss history cycle in at least two of the five lines of coverage evaluated. The Park District achieved an average score of 95.25% from the 2013 and 2015 audits which includes review of core risk management and safety best practices in Administration, Recreation, Parks Maintenance and Loss experience and prevention. This status is very difficult to achieve. The Frankfort Park District is now at a “Level A” status and received a $1,500 cash award, a framed certificate and a brass plate for our PDRMA plaque recognizing our review level earned and acknowledging our achievement.
Park Improvement News
Windy Hill Park Invasive Clean Up
A prairie area in Windy Hills Park along the Old Plank Trail will receive a new look thanks to a newly formed partnership between the Forest Preserve of Will County and the Frankfort Park District. The Forest Preserve of Will County volunteers and the Frankfort Park District will host a “Volunteer Clean-Up Work Day” at Windy Hill Park along the Old Plank Trail. Jason Buss, Resource Management Volunteer Liaison for the Forest Preserve District of Will County will lead the highly skilled and trained preserve volunteers in restoring and preserving a 5-10’ section of woods area east of Pfeiffer Road, at Old Plank Trail, to the ComEd easement. The area will be cleared of invasive weeds/plants to secure a buffer and then replanted with woodland and native prairie plants. Stewards have been volunteering for many years to expand this area, which is one of the few high quality prairies along the Old Plank Trail. The Park District is looking forward to this partnership as a great opportunity for staff to learn about native restoration.
Community Garden Plots at Commissioners Park
Become part of a new community gardening program by purchasing a garden plot at Commissioners Park. Get some sun, exercise, plant flowers, fruit, vegetables and enjoy nature gardening. The gardening season is from May 1 - October 31 and plots measure 20 x 20 feet. All gardeners must agree to follow the rules and guidelines of the Garden Plot Program. The Garden Plot Manual and fees are available at the Founders Community Center and on the Park District's web-site: www.frankfortparks.org. Brett Jennrich of Frankfort Troop 270 Eagles constructed a composting bin alongside of the garden plots as his final Eagle Scout project. See page 35 in the Summer 2016 brochure for additional Community Garden Plot program details.
Operation Playground Foundation
Michele Bingham Park Fitness Equipment
Thanks to funding from Operation Playground Foundation, Michele Bingham Memorial Park will have new outdoor fitness stations by Old Plank Trail. Operation Playground Foundation’s generous donation for this project is being utilized to construct a concrete pad and install 4-5 pieces of exercise equipment. The new outdoor fitness stations will be installed east of Elsner Road, in between the Old Plank Trail and Michele Bingham Park’s parking lot late spring/early summer. Operation Playground Foundation funding has significantly helped in providing assistance and support for the improvement of facilities and development of several projects for the youth and adults of the Frankfort Park District.
Footlights Dance Troupe Receives
Awards & Trophies in Headliners
Dance Competition for 2nd Year
Once again the Frankfort Park District - Footlights Dance Troupe (High School age group) participated in the Headliners Dance Competition for the second year on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The competition was held at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois. The Footlights Dance Troupe is comprised of 10 local high schoolers: Kelsie Cavanaugh of Frankfort, Janene Coy of New Lenox, Marissa Coy of New Lenox, Emma DeRubertis of Frankfort, Madison Jenkins of New Lenox, Nicole Martorano of New Lenox, Julia Pickham of New Lenox, Isabella Roesing of New Lenox, Katie Wozniak of New Lenox, and Lauren Wozniak of New Lenox.
The entire troupe of dancers competed in the “Ex's & Oh's” jazz dance routine and won the 1st Place Overall certificate award in the Senior Large Group category. Nine of the Footlights dancers competed in the “Frozen” ballet routine and won the 3rd Place Overall certificate award in the 13 & Over Small Group category. The overall awards are the highest scores overall in the whole competition. “The girls danced “Frozen” at last year's dance recital and did such an amazing job with it that they wanted to also take it to this year's competition. They just learned the “Ex’s & Oh’s” dance routine this year,” said Ms. Jen Ward.
The dancers placed with high judge scores for their technique, and presentation, earning them three trophies. They received two Gold Trophies for “Ex's & Oh's” and “Frozen”, and a High Silver Trophy for the tap number “Honey I'm Good” performed by Kelsie, Janene, Marissa, Emma, Madison, and Julia. “I am so very proud of how these girls did,” said Ms. Jen Ward.
The Frankfort Park District would like to express their congratulations to all the girls on this huge accomplishment! Great job, we are so happy that all of your hard work has paid off! A big THANK YOU to their instructor/coach, Jen Ward for all of your hard work and dedication!
Pictured (left to right): The Footlight Dance Program "Ex's & Oh's" students; Nicole Martorano, Janene Coy, Isabella Roesing, Marissa Coy, Emma DeRubertis, Madison Jenkins, Katie Wozniak, Kelsie Cavanaugh, Lauren Wozniak and Julia Pickham.
Pictured (left to right): The Footlight Dance Program "Frozen" students; Nicole Martorano, Isabella Roesing, Janene Coy, Marissa Coy, Kelsie Cavanaugh, Lauren Wozniak, Katie Wozniak, Madison Jenkins and Emma DeRubertis.
Pictured (left to right): The Footlight Dance Program "Honey I'm Good" students; Marissa Coy, Kelsie Cavanaugh, Madison Jenkins, Julia Pickham, Emma DeRubertis, and Janene Coy.
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.
Winter/Spring 2016 Volunteer Opportunities:
Please click HERE to download a listing of our 2016 Winter/Spring Volunteer Opportunities.
Summer 2016 Volunteer Opportunities:
Please click HERE to download a listing of our 2016 Summer 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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