Newsletters

The Park Pulse is a monthly newsletter distributed to the 157-C schools.  The newsletter features upcoming events, programs and announcements  from the Park District.

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Park Perks – Summer 2022

Park District News

Park Improvements

This year the Park District will continue work on the existing assets. Projects for this year include work on the asphalt at Commissioners Park. The repairs are scheduled to take place in July.

The Park District has developed a replacement schedule for the playgrounds in the neighborhood parks. Playgrounds are estimated lifecycle of 20-25 years as beyond this time is when equipment tends to show a decline in condition and replacement parts can be difficult to come by. The Park District evaluates the conditions of the playground equipment and adjusts the replacement schedule as needed. The Park District has selected Windy Hill Park as the next playground to be replaced. The Park District submitted to the State of Illinois for an OSLAD Grant to supplement the project budget which expands the scope of the project. The State of Illinois has provided an update that the grant awards are delayed, and they anticipate awarding the grants at the end of summer or early fall. The Park District will wait on the grant to move forward with the project. The playground for Windy Hill is still scheduled to be replaced, but the OSLAD grant process will push back the project to the spring or summer of 2023.

Splash Park Update

The Splash Park located at Commissioners Park remains under renovation. It is anticipated that the project will be completed at the end of May and be ready for summer use. The spray equipment at the splash pad is being replaced and a water filtration system is being added. The new system is an upgrade as the old system was a drain to waste system that utilized well water. The new system will have treated water like a swimming pool which will increase the water quality and temperature. Updates on the opening will be provided on social media and on the District’s website.

Photo: Splash Pad equipment upgrade renderings.

Community Partners – Mitchell Construction

The piers at Jackson Creek were taken down and plans were being developed for the replacement.  The projects had been postponed due to the pandemic which had increased the cost of materials and created material shortages. During the waiting period, the owner of Mitchell Construction, contacted the park district and generously offered to donate their expertise and services to construct the pier. The Park District is elated to have a generous community partner as their donation will serve the community for many years.  Later this summer, Mitchell Construction, will be installing new footings and construct the pier at Jackson Creek Park pond.  Check out the District’s website for updates. Visit their website at www.mitchellconstructioninc.com

Power Play Grant

For 12th time the Frankfort Park District received the Power Play Beyond School Grant from the Illinois Association of Park Districts. The grant provides funds to enhance Prairie Care, the District’s after school program. The funds are to be used to educate the participants on fitness, health and nutrition choices.  The grant is funded through the sale of Park District Youth Licenses Plates. To support the grant, please consider purchasing the Park District License plates,  https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/vehicles/license_plate_guide/park_district.html

Welcome New Recreation Supervisor
Beth Nagel

The Frankfort Park District would like to introduce and welcome Beth Nagel as our new Recreation Supervisor. Beth previously worked at the Burbank Park District for the past 14 years, and she is looking forward to her new role in Frankfort. Her primary responsibilities will include youth and adult athletic leagues, athletic special events, and fitness classes. In addition to athletics, Beth will also oversee the operation of the Splash Park and Concession Stand at Commissioners Park.

Beth received her Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration from the George Williams College of Aurora University in Williams Bay, Wisconsin in 2007 and her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a Business Leadership Concentration in 2017. Beth is also an active member of South Suburban Park and Recreation Professional Association (SSPRPA), and the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA). Additionally, she received her Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification in 2009 and enjoys staying up-to-date on current recreation trends.

Beth has been a resident of Tinley Park for the past 12 years and is proud to be from the Southside. Go Sox!  When she is not working, Beth is spending time with her husband and children.  Beth is actively involved in her son’s Cub scouts, and she likes to meet new people, travel, and camp!  When asked about one of her personal life goals, she says, “I would like to visit every major league baseball stadium at least once, with my family.  Wish us luck!”

Beth will be an asset to the District and a great addition to our team.  Please join us in welcoming Beth to the Frankfort Park District Team.  Stop by and say hello!

Borg Warner and the Future

In the spring of 2021, the Frankfort voters went to the polls on a Park District Non-Binding referendum.  The question posed to voters was “would you support a tax rate increase for the Park District to purchase and renovate the Borg Warner plant into a recreation facility”.  Voters did support the idea, but the referendum was an advisory question and didn’t authorize the park district to take action.

Following the referendum, there were multiple offers on the Borg Warner property which put the purchase price outside the Park District’s project budget. Borg Warner remains for sale. The company has extended use of the baseball field to the park district through the end of 2022 or until the property sells.

The Park District is evaluating options that would increase funding so that in the future the District will have funds to purchase or build a recreation center. The Park District is considering a tax rate referendum that would allow the district to collect funds that could be used to enhance current park district assets while generating money for a future development project. The Board and staff continue to evaluate these options and will be communicating with the voters to get their input.

Frankfort On Pointe Dance Troupe KAR Kids Artistic Revue

The Frankfort On Pointe Dance Troupe performed at the Regional KAR Dance Competition at the Rialto Theater in Chicago, Illinois on March 11-13, 2022. The group took 6 dances to competition and each dance received a Top First Place Award. The contemporary piece “Everyday Life” ranked 8th overall in their division, and their hip hop dance “Juice” ranked 7th overall. The girls also received special judges’ awards: “Best Costume” for “Everyday Life” and “Electric Energy” for “Get Ready.” Peyton Dobush choreographed the piece “Clean” which was the first ever solo to compete in the program’s history. We are incredibly proud of all of the girls’ hard work and cannot wait to see them compete again in April!
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Sponsor Spotlight – Phillips Chevrolet

We are proud to showcase Phillips Chevrolet and their amazing support for our 2021-2022 Youth Basketball League. We recently went to visit them in their Frankfort location and present them with team jerseys bearing their logo, the banner that hangs in our gymnasium, and a plaque thanking them for their sponsorship, dedication, and support for this league.

The Frankfort Youth Basketball League is designed for participants to utilize the fundamental skills of basketball in game situations. In addition, children will interact with peers and coaches, learn good sportsmanship, and work as part of a team. Thank you, Phillips Chevrolet, for your continued support and contributions to our programs and community. We appreciate all that you do!

Photo (left to right): Phillips Chevrolet General Manager Mike Maheras, Frankfort Park District Fundraising & Community Outreach Coordinator Julie Sullivan, Frankfort Park District Recreation Supervisor – Athletics Beth Nagel, and Phillips Chevrolet President Curtis Pascarella.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Frankfort Park District is looking to build partnerships with local businesses, foundations or individuals interested in supporting the District’s events and programs through sponsorship opportunities. Becoming a sponsor is an excellent way to show your support for the community while increasing your visibility throughout the Frankfort area. Please contact Julie Sullivan, Fundraising & Community Outreach Coordinator, at jsullivan@frankfortparks.org or call 815.469.9400 for more information.

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 Recreation Supervisor at 815.469.9400 or email her at cdebella@frankfortparks.org.

Interested in Volunteering?

Contact Cali DeBella our Recreation Supervisor at 815.469.9400 or email her at cdebella@frankfortparks.org.

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!

2022 Volunteer Opportunities:

Click on the Event name to Sign-up Online for Volunteer Opportunities:

July Party in the Park – Sandalwood Park – Monday, July 18 / 5:45 – 7:45 pm

Senior Picnic – Wednesday, July 27 / 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

August Party in the Park – Timbers Edge Park – Monday, August 8 / 1:15 – 3:15 pm

August Movie on the Green – Wednesday, August 10 / 7:15 – 8:30 pm

Back to School Bash – Friday, August 19 / 5:30 – 8:15 pm

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.


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