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Park Perks - Summer 2015
Park Improvement News
Michele Bingham Memorial Park Updates
One of the final phases of the improvement plan at Michele Bingham Memorial Park has been temporarily put on hold. The paving at the Park was postponed until the Spring of 2015. Paving bids came in over budget in the Fall of 2014, so the project will be re-bid in the spring with the completion of the work anticipated in May. The conversion of paving the gravel parking area to asphalt will add 40 extra parking spots at the Park and include a turnaround at the end of the parking lot. A new paved walk from the sidewalk along Elsner Road down to the playground will also be part of the paving project re-bid.
New Playground Equipment for Lincoln Meadows Park
Lincoln Meadows Park, located at Johnson Avenue and Elm Street is scheduled to get new playground structures by Fall 2015. Staff is currently evaluating different options available for the site. The new structure will replace the existing equipment, some of which were installed over 20 years ago. In addition to a new playground, the pea gravel surfacing will be replaced with ADA compliant engineered material. Park staff is also evaluating additional amenities and play opportunities for this site as well. New landscape will be added to finish off the project.
Christmas Tree Recycling
The 1st Annual Christmas tree recycling program was a success! This past winter the Frankfort Park District offered a free Christmas tree recycling program to Frankfort residents from December 26th through January 15th. Over 75 Frankfort residents dropped off their Christmas trees to be recycled into mulch. The trees were chipped by Park District staff and turned into mulch at two different drop off locations; Main Park, in the south parking lot and Commissioners Park, in the upper parking lot. Each site displayed a large 3’x3’ sign where the trees could be placed. This is an additional way the Park District is helping the environment by recycling and thinking Green. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
1st Place IADP/IPRA Photo Contest
The Frankfort Park District was awarded 1st Place in the Recreation/People at Play category, of the Illinois Association of Park Districts/ Illinois Parks and Recreation Association, IAPD/IPRA "Give Us Your Best Shot" 2015 Photo Contest. Stacy Proper, Superintendent of Recreation, submitted the winning photo entry “Short Run 5K” and it was displayed as part of a special showcase at the IAPD/IPRA Conference in Chicago in January 2015. An award was presented to the Park District and is on display at the Founders Community Center. Photographs were judged on the basis of exposure, clarity/focus, and subject matter relative to the category. All winning entries will be published in Illinois Parks & Recreation magazine.
Operation Playground Foundation
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. Current projects made possible with funding from Operation Playground Foundation include: tennis court upgrades, an outdoor Ping-Pong table, and the prospect of outdoor fitness stations.
· Tennis courts at both Main Park and Commissioners Park will each have a hitting backboard installed in the Spring of 2015. The backboards allow players to practice their skills without a partner. The boards will utilize the newer curved design which gives the ball a more natural bounce back to the player.
· Commissioners Park tennis courts are also getting a windscreen installed on the fence which will reduce wind on the courts and provide an even contrasting background for better ball visibility.
· An outdoor Ping-Pong table at Commissioners Park.
· Operation Playground and the Park District are evaluating the possible purchase of 3-4 outdoor fitness stations at Michele Bingham Park by Old Plank Trail.
2nd Year for Fort Frankfort Adventures Summer Day Camp
“Fort Frankfort Adventures Summer Day Camp is back for more summertime fun. This Day Camp Program strives to provide our campers with a safe, supervised summer environment where a child can make new friends and enjoy recreational opportunities. The camp will be located at the beautiful Commissioners Park in conjunction with Chelsea Intermediate School. Exciting new field trips, pool days, arts & crafts, and team building games make for an awesome summer,” said Kristen Morrison, Recreation Supervisor. This awesome full day camp is for children entering 1st - 6th grade and will run for 8 weeks, from 9:00 - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday with before and after camp options. Registration must be done in person at the Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street. Please visit the Park District website at www.frankfortparks.org and click on Programs then Summer Day Camp for additional information or see brochure page 11 for Summer Day Camp details.
Get Ready for Summer Fun at the Splash Park!
The Splash Park, located at Commissioners Park, will open for the season on Saturday, May 30th. Join us opening weekend for free admission on May 30th and May 31st. The splash park will be open daily (weather permitting) and is also available for rental. Please visit the Park District website at www.frankfortparks.org and click on Parks & Facilities for additional information or see brochure page 7 for more Splash Park details.
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.
Pleas click HERE to download a listing of our 2015 Summer 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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