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 – Summer 2017

Park Improvement News

Welcome New Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds

The Frankfort Park District would like to introduce and welcome Ed Newton as the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. Ed brings a great balance of education and work experience in Parks and Recreation to the Park District. As a graduate of National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) school of maintenance management, Ed possess a strong background in both maintenance management and safety. He most recently was a division manager of fleet facilities safety and construction at the Plainfield Park District. Prior to that Ed had been the Superintendent of Maintenance at the Worth Park District. In addition he has served as the Maintenance Supervisor for the York Center Park District. Among his duties as Superintendent, Ed 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. He is married with three wonderful daughters. Ed is excited to be on board at the Frankfort Park District and looks forward to working with the staff and the community here in Frankfort.

Photo: Ed Newton, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for the Frankfort Park District.

 Stone Creek Park Playground Update

The Frankfort Park District’s capital budget includes funds for a new playground at Stone Creek Park. Stone Creek subdivision will get a new playground this spring which will be located at Pine Ridge Drive and High Stone Way. The play equipment was ordered in March and weather permitting the site will be graded this spring and the equipment will be installed in May. The park will include a play structure, a revolution inclusive spinner, swings for both youth and toddler and site amenities. The addition will bring the total number of playgrounds managed by the Park District to 18! Be sure to watch the District’s website for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Photo: Site rendering of the Stone Creek Park Playground.

District Parks Improvements

During the past four months, Buildings and Grounds staff continue to ensure the parks and buildings are safe and enjoyable for residents. District staff have worked to prune trees at 17 park locations and conducted playground inspections. Staff are working to improve the park site amenities, which includes repairing and cleaning the picnic tables throughout the parks. New stone, funded by Operation Playground Foundation, was added to the Bark Park which reduces the mud that the dogs come in contact with. The Park District continues to invest monies to maintain the District buildings. A partial roof replacement was completed at the Founders Community Center and the heating and air conditioning at the Puent building have been replaced with energy efficient units. This spring will be the second year for the Community Garden plots at Commissioners Park. The inaugural year was quite a success as the plots yielded great crops. Staff are adjusting the layout to allow gardeners easier access to their plots. See page 38 for additional Community Garden Plot program details.

Photo: Giant Pumpkins grown at the Community Garden plots at Commissioners Park.

Tom Barz – Appointed Chairman of the IAPD Board of Trustees

Tom Barz, President of the Frankfort Park District, was installed as Chairman of the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ (IAPD) Board of Trustees in January 2017 at the IAPD/IPRA State Conference in Chicago. Barz joined the IAPD board in 2010 and served two years as Vice-Chairman. Barz currently serves as chairman of the IAPD Board Development and Executive committees. He is a member of the Ambassadors, Honors and Resolutions, Membership and Program committees.  He also serves as Co-Chair of the IAPD/Illinois Park and Recreation Association Joint Conference Committee and Co-Vice Chair of the Joint Coordinating Council.  As the new Chairman, one of Tom’s first duties was to recognize the outgoing Chairman, Ken Collin of the Freeport Park District by presenting him with an Honorary Life Membership certificate.

Photo: Tom Barz (right),Chairman of the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ (IAPD) Board of Trustees presenting Ken Collin (left) with an Honorary Life Membership certificate.

South Suburban Park & Recreation Professional Association (SSPRPA) current and past members were well represented at the annual IAPD/IPRA State Conference in Chicago this month! In addition to Tom Barz installation as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for IAPD, Jeff Boubelik (retired Executive Director of the Frankfort Park District), received the 2017 Distinguished Professional Award from the University of St. Francis! Jeff’s career achievements included being elected as SSPRPA’s only two term President.

Photo: Jeff Boubelik receiving the 2017 Distinguished Professional Award from the University of St. Francis.

Congratulations Frankfort Warriors

The Frankfort Warriors started in 2003 and is now completely under the leadership of the Frankfort Park District. The Frankfort Warriors are a five-level competitive travel basketball program for boys, grades 4 – 8. The emphases of the program are skill development and improvement gained through multiple weekly practices and games. The Warriors not only provide quality coaching and competition; but also help develop a core foundation of ethics (teamwork, commitment, responsibility, respect and sportsmans

hip) into our players that they can use now and take with them into adulthood. This season the Warriors organization not only won dozens of individual games, but also won several tournaments throughout the season. Congratulations to the Frankfort Warriors on completing another great season.

Tournament Championships:

  • 7th Chicagoland Showdown ( Score Sports Center Willow Springs IL) November 12, 2016
  • 7th Grade Refuse to Lose (Walker Athletic  Lisle IL) December 3, 2016
  • 7th Bulls/Sox Shootout (Bull/Sox Academy Lisle IL)  December 17, 2016
  • 7th Grade Moosejaw Shootout ( Joy of the Game Fieldhouse Wisconsin Dells WI)  January 14, 2017
  • 4th  Reedsburg Shootout ( Reedsburg High school WI) January 14, 2017
  • 7th Roma Shootout ( ROMA Sports Club Frankfort IL) February 4, 2017

Photos: 7th Grade Tournament Champions & 4th Grade Tournament Champions.

Frankfort Park District Approves Memorial to Judy Herder

The Frankfort Park District authorized Operation Playground Foundation to raise money for the purpose of purchasing a pumptrack to be named the “Judy Herder Memorial Pumptrack”. Judy Herder was a member of the Operation Playground board for 17 years and was instrumental in developing numerous park projects in Frankfort. John Herder said, “Judy would love this project. She supported the idea of a track like this for years.”  Phil Simmons, president of Operation Playground said, “this track will be used by kids and adults who enjoy biking, skateboarding, rollerblading and scooters. It’s fun, safe and exciting!” The track creates a community environment by bridging the generation gap between parents, small children and adolescents.

The internationally award winning track is made of a composite material and will wind around a 215 foot course.  It’s maintenance free and because it’s not constructed of dirt, it’s clean and aesthetically pleasing. The course has modular pieces which will allow for it to be reconfigured to change the course layout and pieces can be added to the track to enlarge the course.

Numerous fundraising projects are being planned by Operation Playground. Operation Playground Foundation is a registered 501c3. Past projects funded by Operation Playground include Fort Frankfort, the Frankfort Bark Park, the 3on3 Basketball Courts at Main Park, and the OPT exercise facility at Michelle Bingham Park. For more information call the Frankfort Park District at 815-469-9400 or email Phil Simmons at

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

2017 Volunteer Opportunities:

Please click HERE to download a listing of our SUMMER 2017 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.