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.
Click here to view the May 2014 edition of Park Pulse.
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Park Perks - Summer 2014

Park Improvement News

Natural Prairie at Commissioners Park

This summer season the Park District plans to incorporate more natural areas into some of the parks, specifically to add some natural prairie elements to Commissioners Park.  "We will be converting around two acres of unusable ground at Commissioners to a natural prairie which will provide habitat for beneficial birds, insects, and small mammals," said Bob Johnson, Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds.

Michele Bingham Memorial Park Updates

The final phase of the three part improvement plan for Michele Bingham Memorial Park is to develop the parking site which will begin this summer.  The gravel parking lot will be converted to asphalt with the paving of the parking area along the posts on the north side of the road, with a turnaround at the end of the parking lot. The project improvements will also include a new paved walk from the sidewalk along Elsner Road down to the playground.  These improvements will add 40 parking spots at the Park.

Founders Community Center Repairs

The Founders Community Center has undergone some repairs and improvements over the last year.  The Founders Room roof was recoated with a specialized sealer to prolong its life, and a deteriorated portion of the gymnasium roof drainage system was  replaced.  The District is currently determining short and long term replacement schedules for HVAC, roofing, flooring, and various other critical components of the aging facility.

Basketball Half Courts at Main Park

Two new outdoor basketball half courts at Main Park will be completed and open for play in the spring of 2014.  Operation Playground Foundation helped to fund the basketball half courts.  Look for 3 on 3 Outdoor Basketball Tournaments and Leagues.  For additional information see page 31 for details.  Join us for the Grand Opening on Saturday, May 17 at 9:30 am.

Ice Rinks & Sled Hill

The record snowfall and "polar vortex" had many families taking advantage of the Frankfort Park District's ice rinks and sled hill.  Both the Open Skate Rink and the Hockey Rink at Main Park had a very busy and successful season.  Kids brought out their sleds, inner tubes, and even snowboards to enjoy the snow at Commissioners Park Sled Hill.

Going Green - USAgain Recycling Bins

The Frankfort Park District is partnering with USAgain (use it again) in providing a shoe and clothing recycling program. This is another way the Park District is helping the environment by going Green and giving new life to shoes and clothing that would otherwise end up in a landfill.  USAgain also creates green sector jobs.  A shoe recycling bin is located inside the Founders Community Center.  Money earned from this recycling program will go into a financial assistance program.  Do your part to go green, drop off your unwanted shoes and clothing and help the world and your community!

Fort Frankfort Adventures - Summer Day Camp

"Exciting plans are being made for the Park District's new Fort Frankfort Adventures Summer Day Camp.  This Day Camp Program will strive to provide our campers with a safe, supervised summer environment where a child can make new friends and enjoy recreational opportunities. The Frankfort Park District is delighted to be able to offer this camp at the beautiful Commissioner’s Park location as well as planned field trips outside the Park," said Kristen Morrison, Recreation Supervisor.  This new summer day camp program offers plenty of outdoor activities, water days, arts & crafts, weekly field trips and is for children entering 1st - 6th grade. This full day camp will run from 9 - 4pm, Monday - Friday with before and after camp options.  Come to the Open House - Fort Frankfort Adventures Summer Day Camp on Saturday, May 24, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Commissioners Park.  Meet the staff and enjoy an afternoon at the park. Registration information will be available. 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 page 11 for Summer Day Camp details.

Splash Park

Get ready for summer fun at the Splash Park!  The Splash Park, located at Commissioners Park, will open for the season on Saturday, May 31st.  Join us opening weekend for free admission on May 31st and June 1st.  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 page 7 for more Splash Park details.

Daddy/Daughter Dance - "Daddy’s Little Sweetheart"

This years Daddy/Daughter Dance - "Daddy's Little Sweetheart" had a Valentine's Day theme. Over 150 Dad's and their daughters enjoyed an evening of dancing, contests and refreshments. “I like watching all the dads taking photos with their cell phones and cameras of their daughters dancing or participating in one of the dance contests,”  said Cali DeBella, Special Events Coordinator. The girls dressed in red and dad's in suits and ties. “The staff working this event look forward to seeing all the daughters dressed up and dancing with their dads,” she said.  This has been an annual Park District favorite event since 2001 for dads to share a special night with their daughters.  Cali stated, "it was wonderful to see some of the same fathers and daughters year after year.  It’s fun to see the girls growing up.”  A professional photographer was also on hand for keepsake pictures.

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 cdebella@frankfortparks.org.

Interested in Volunteering?

Contact Cali DeBella our Special Events Coordinator at 815-469-9400 or you can email her at cdebella@frankfortparks.org.

Please click HERE to download a listing of our 2014 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.

Customer Service Statement

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

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!  

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