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 - Fall 2015

Park Improvement News

Lincoln Meadows Park Playground Update

Lincoln Meadows Park located at Johnson Avenue and Elm Street is getting new playground equipment. The new playground project has gotten underway this Summer and is scheduled to be completed this Fall. The new equipment will include swings, a free standing climber and a main play structure designed for 2-12 year olds.  The site will also have new landscape, benches, and a sidewalk adjacent to the playground.

Welcome New Buildings & Grounds Foreman:

The Frankfort Park District would like to introduced and welcome Steve Chianelli as the Buildings and Grounds Foreman. Steve brings a great balance of education and work experience in Parks and Recreation to the Park District. Among his duties as foreman, Steve will help in the development of additional natural areas throughout the parks. His knowledge of ecological restoration and experience leading crews will be an asset to the Park District.

Plant “Milkweed for Monarchs” Project

Kay MacNeil of the Garden Clubs of Illinois (GCI) is the chairperson of "Milkweed for Monarchs" program, which is designed to help bring monarch butterflies to Illinois. She has brought the project to the Frankfort Park District. Monarch butterfly numbers are plummeting. Monarch butterflies cannot survive without milkweed. It's the only plant on which monarch butterflies lay their eggs and the only source of food monarch caterpillars can eat.  Milkweed plants are rapidly disappearing, due to the loss of habitat from land development and because they are often seen as an invasive weed, it is killed with herbicide or removed. The best way to help the monarch butterfly is to rebuild their habitat and give them the food they need to survive. Along with the Save Our Monarchs Foundation,, the GCI project encourages planting milkweed in landscaping and gardens. The Frankfort Park District is sowing milkweed seeds into our native prairies to encourage the strengthening of the Monarch populations. You too can help bring back monarch butterflies, one milkweed plant at a time by planting milkweed! Stop by the Frankfort Park District office to pick up milkweed seeds packets/flyers and make a donation at the drop box (which goes to Save Our Monarchs, the seed supplier). The seed packets and donation drop box are located at the front counter of the Founders Community Center at 140 Oak Street.  We can all make a difference! For more online information about the "Milkweed for Monarchs" project visit!milkweed-for-monarchs/c1ldg.

Welcome New Board Member

The Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners and Staff would like you to join us in welcoming our newly elected board member, Katie Marie Rak. Frankfort Park District attorney John Izzo administered the oath of office to Katie Marie Rak, and re-elected Commissioners Tom Barz and Larry Caracciolo who were all sworn into office on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the board meeting.  Ms. Rak has been a Frankfort resident for 28 years and her experiences working for the Park District for the past 11 years will be an asset. Commissioner Rak was congratulated and welcomed by all board members. Rak’s appointment fills the vacancy left by Commissioner Pam Melnyk whose term ended in May. Executive Director Carstens and board members thanked Commissioner Melnyk for everything she has done throughout her six years of service. The Board praised her support and commitment to the Frankfort Park District and community.

Stacy Proper Awarded
SSPRPA "Member of the Year"

Congratulations Stacy Proper, Superintendent of Recreation for being awarded “Member of the Year” by the South Suburban Park & Recreation Professional Association at the April 9th awards ceremony.  The “Member of the Year” award was presented in recognition of her exemplary skills in providing recreation services for the South Suburban Park & Recreation Professional Association. Stacy has been a member of SSPRPA for 15 years.  During her time as a member she has worked on the Teen Committee (5 years), Social Committee (5 years), and has been the Social Committee Chairperson for 2 years.

Footlights Dance Troupe Recieves Awards &
Trophies in Headliners Dance Competition

The Frankfort Park District - Footlights Dance Troupe (High School age group) participated for the very first time in the Headliners Dance Competition on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  The completion was held at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois. The dancers received awards and High Silver trophies for all dances entered. The dancers competed in lyrical, student choreography and open dance categories. The troupe performed to “Shatter Me” in the lyrical dance category, emphasizing emotion through ballet movement. Emma DeRubertis and Marissa Smith were awarded for their choreography and performance to “Chandelier”, in the student choreography category. The troupe also placed Highest Overall for the Senior Small Group with a fusion of jazz and hip-hop dance routine, in the open dance category, to “BOSS”. The Footlights Dance Troupe is comprised of six girls; Katie Wozniak, Marissa Coy, Kelsie Cavanaugh, Marissa Smith, Emma DeRubertis, and Julia Pickham.  Instructor Jen Ward began preparing her students enrolled in the ballet, hip/hop, jazz, and tap programs, for this competition in October 2014.  The girls practiced 3 hours on Saturday mornings for months in order to prepare for this dance competition. “This is the first competition the dancers have entered and experienced; they worked hard, they did a fantastic job, and their talents were rewarded,” said Ms. Jen. The Frankfort Park District would like to express their congratulations to all the girls on this huge accomplishment!

Town Center Bank
New Silver Sponsor

We welcome Town Center Bank as our new Silver Sponsor of the Frankfort Park District. The Park District has partnered with Town Center Bank for sponsorship services. Town Center Bank sponsored events will include; Halloween Haunting, Short Run on a Long Day, 4th of July Celebration and the Back to School Bash. Town Center Bank’s name and logo will appear on all promotional items created for these events and will have a booth at designated events. Town Center Bank will also have a banner on the 18 ft. outfield fence on field two at Commissioners Park. The sponsorship agreement is for two years. Year one is September 2015 - August 2016 and year two will be from September 2016 - August 2017. Look for our new Silver Sponsor - Town Center Bank four-color, ¾ page advertisement on the back outside cover in our seasonal programs brochure. Town Center Bank is located at 20181 South La Grange Road, Frankfort, IL 60423.

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! 

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

Interested in Volunteering?

Contact Cali DeBella our Special Events Coordinator at 815-469-9400 or you can email her at

Please click HERE to download a listing of our 2015 Fall Volunteer Opprutunities.

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