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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to view the January 2016 edition of Park Pulse.
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Park Perks - Winter/Spring 2016

Park Improvement News

Lincoln Meadows Park Playground Completed

The new playground project at Lincoln Meadows Park located at Johnson Avenue and Elm Street was completed this Fall. The new playground equipment is 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 benches and landscaping for all to enjoy.

Welcome New Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds

The Frankfort Park District would like to introduced and welcome Sandy Stundins as the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. Sandy brings a great balance of education and work experience in Parks and Recreation to the Park District. Sandy was the Parks/Maintenance Manager for the Bolingbrook Park District. Her duties included managing 46 parks, 20+ full-time staff and 20+ part-time staff. She also served as a full-time horticulturist for Morton Arboretum and Cog Hill Golf Club and Country Club. She is a certified Playground and Safety Inspector and is a certified Chemical Applicator with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Sandy received her Bachelor of Science degree (Major: Landscape Horticulture) from Colorado State University – 1999. Among her duties as Superintendent, Sandy will manage and supervise the Buildings and Grounds full time employees, part time and seasonal workers and direct maintenance and projects throughout the parks and facilities.


Pictured: Sandy Stundins, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds



New Mechanic/Parks Maintenance Staff

Welcome Dave Gow who has been hired as the new Buildings and Grounds Mechanic/Parks Maintenance staff person for the Frankfort Park District.  Under the direction and supervision of the foreperson and Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, the Mechanic is responsible for the majority of fleet maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and equipment owned and operated by the Park District.  Dave’s addition responsibilities include facility repairs, landscape and general maintenance duties throughout all parks at the Frankfort Park District.


Pictured: Dave Gow, Mechanic/Parks Maintenance



Winter Outdoor Activities

This winter season the two ice rinks will return to Main Park under the lights and is open daily as weather permits.  One ice rink will be designated for free/open skate and the other is for ice hockey. Concessions, skates and snow shoe rentals will be available at the north concession building. The sled hill located at Commissioners Park, features sledding under the lights and is open daily when there is snow on the ground.  Lights will stay on until 9 pm.  For more details visit the website at as it gets closer to winter.

Welcome New Board Member

The Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners and Staff would like you to join us in welcoming our newly appointed board member, Tom Ruvoli. Frankfort Park District attorney John Izzo administered the oath of office to Tom on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at the board meeting. Commissioner Ruvoli was congratulated and welcomed by all board members. Commissioner Ruvoli has been a Frankfort resident for 17 years where he and his wife Laura have raised three daughters, all Lincoln-Way East High School graduates, who are currently attending various Universities. His family has been active in the Frankfort community and has participated in Frankfort Park District programs. Commissioner Ruvoli is hoping to "continue to strengthen the programs, parks, and natural spaces throughout Frankfort in order for all members of the community to enjoy" and he "looks forward to working with fellow Board members, Park District team members and the community in the development of the Park District for future Frankfort generations". Ruvoli holds a BS in Marketing and Management from DePaul University and a MBA from Saint Xavier University, in Chicago, IL and is the Senior Program Manager in the Information Technology department at the law firm of Sidley Austin, LLP in Chicago. Tom's experiences in management, technology and in the community will be an asset to the Frankfort Park District. Commissioner Ruvoli’s appointment fills the vacancy left by Commissioner Larry Caracciolo who resigned in September. Executive Director Carstens and board members appreciate everything Commissioner Caracciolo has done throughout his five years of service with the Frankfort Park District and community.


Pictured (left to right): Commissioner Tom Ruvoli, his daughters; Gina, Alyssa, Julie and his wife Laura.


Welcome New Business Manager to the Frankfort Park District

The Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners and Staff are pleased to announce and would like you to join us in welcoming Ryne Kman, our newly hired 1st Business Manager for the Frankfort Park District. Ryne has a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentration in Accounting from Robert Morris University. Ryne has been the Finance Director for the Village of Midlothian for the last 2 years, where he prepared and managed a budget over $10,000,000 and prior to that he worked for the iFranchise Group as an accountant. As Business Manager, for the Frankfort Park District, Ryne will be responsible for the management of the financial operations, human resources, information technology and payroll for the Park District.



Pictured: Ryne Kman, Business Manager


Frankfort Park District Awarded an IAPD 2015 “Best Green Practices Award”

The Frankfort Park District’s outstanding work has been recognized by a statewide award at the Illinois Association of Park Districts' Best of the Best Awards Gala.  The Frankfort Park District was a first place award recipient in the “Best Green Practices” category for its comprehensive Tobacco Free Parks and Facilities policy/ordinance initiative. The IAPD Best Green Practices Award is presented to a park district, forest preserve, conservation, recreation or special recreation agency that has taken initiative to incorporate and encourage environmentally friendly business practices and policies. The District competed against other agencies throughout the entire state in order to win this prestigious IAPD award. The Best of the Best Awards Gala took place the evening of Friday, October 2, 2015, at Wheeling Park Districts' beautiful Traditions at Chevy Chase Country Club.  The awards were presented by Ken Collin, Chairman elect of The Illinois Association of Park Districts to Tom Carstens, Executive Director of Frankfort Park District, and Tom Barz, Vice President Board of Commissioners.  The Frankfort Park District has been recognized/commended by the Will County Health Department as having the most comprehensive tobacco-free parks policy in Will County. Tobacco-free parks create a healthy environment, keep our parks beautiful and set an example to keep youth tobacco-free.



Pictured (left to right): Ken Collin, Chairman elect of The Illinois Association of Park Districts, Tom Carstens, Executive Director of the Frankfort Park District and Tom Barz, Vice President Board of Commissioners of the Frankfort Park District.

Certificate of Recognition

The Frankfort Park District received an Illinois House of Representatives “Certificate of Recognition” for their achievement of statewide recognition by the Illinois Association of Park Districts as “The Best of the Best” in Green Practices. On behalf of the 99th General Assembly, State of Illinois House of Representatives, Margo McDermed, Illinois State Representative, 37th Legislative District, presented the Certificate of Recognition to the Frankfort Park District at the October 13th Board Meeting acknowledging this special accomplishment. Representative McDermed extended her congratulations to the Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners and Staff Members for their efforts, dedication and the hard work necessary to become an IAPD “The Best of the Best” in Green Practices recipient.



Pictured (left to right): Tom Carstens, Executive Director of the Frankfort Park District, Margo McDermed, Illinois State Representative and John Reilly, President Board of Commissioners of the Frankfort Park District.

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

Winter/Spring 2016 Volunteer Opportunities:

Please click HERE to download a listing of our 2016 Winter/Spring 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.