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 – Fall 2021

Park District News

Park Updates

Photos: Brookmeadow Park playground

During 2020, the Park District completed an update to the District’s Comprehensive Master Plan. It was adopted in 2021 by the Board of Commissioners. As noted in the plan, a number of the Park District’s assets, including the playgrounds in the neighborhood parks are coming due for replacement. In addition, they are numerous areas in the parks that require repairs to the asphalt. This summer two playgrounds, Brookmeadow Park and Sandalwood Park playgrounds are being replaced. The District is planning to replace the playground at Windy Hill in 2022. In the fall of this year, asphalt repairs will be made to the path at Brookmeadow and parking lots and trails at Commissioner Park.

The Splash Pad at Commissioners Park was constructed in 2004. The splash pad surface is coming due for replacement. The Park District has designed and has gone to bid to evaluate the renovation to the splash pad which will include a recirculation system. Currently the splash pad is on a dedicated well and the well water rich in iron and the temperature of the well water is cold. The upgrades that are being considered include the recirculation system which will treat the water improving the water quality and the temperature. The project also includes the replacement of the existing splash pad features and new surface. These upgrades are planned for the 2022 season. The project timeline is contingent on the Illinois Department of Health permits.

Photo: Proposed Splash Pad equipment upgrade rendering.

Pollinator Garden Installed at Frankfort Park District’s Founders Center

With the help of many, a pollinator garden was installed at the Frankfort Park District Founders Center. The idea had been in the works for several years. The Frankfort Lions club holds their monthly meetings at the Park District’s Founders Center. As part of their community service causes, the Frankfort Lions Club was looking to serve by working on a project that would sustainably protect and restore our environment while improving the well-being of all communities. For the last couple of years, the Lions Club had Jamie Viebach, from the Conservation Foundation, speak at their club meetings. It was through information and materials shared by Jamie that the idea of installing a pollinator garden was given consideration.

The staff at the Conservation Foundation, a non-profit servicing Will County, designed the layout and selected the native plants that would be used for the garden.  The hope was to have the garden installed in 2020 but as with other things, it was delayed a year.  The Lions Club provided the funds to purchase the plants and assisted with the planting. The Park District provided the space, readied the site, and assisted with the planting. Boy Scout Pack #270 Bear Den helped to improve the existing butterfly houses with new paint and helped to install the plants.

Pollinator gardens support and maintain pollinators by supplying food in the form of pollen and nectar that will ensure that these important animals stay in the area to keep pollinating our crops for continued fruit and vegetable production. Best of all, pollinator gardens benefit the ecosystem. To learn more about pollinator gardens and native plants, visit

Photos: Pollinator Garden at the Founders Center

Newly Elected Board of Commissioners

Photo: (Left to Right) Board Members; Michael McCarey, Tom Ruvoli, Tom Barz (President), Mark Ponton, and Elmer Gentry.

The Frankfort Park District is pleased to announce four elected members to our Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners. The new board members were elected in the April 6th General Election. Join us in welcoming newly elected Board Members; Elmer Gentry and Michael McCarey (Secretary) in addition to our two re-elected Board Members; Thomas Ruvoli (Vice President) and Mark Ponton (Treasurer). The four Board Members were sworn into office by attorney John Izzo at the June 8, 2021, Board Meeting. New board member Michael McCarey, both re-elected Thomas Ruvoli and Mark Ponton will all serve four-year terms ending in 2025 and new board member Elmer Gentry will serve a two-year term ending in 2023.

The Frankfort Park District says goodbye and thank you to Commissioners Matt Schedin and Patrick (PJ) Bickett for their years of service and dedication.

Welcome New Board Members – Elmer Gentry & Michael McCarey

The Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners and Staff would like you to join us in welcoming our two newly elected board members Elmer Gentry and Michael McCarey.

Commissioner Elmer Gentry

Commissioner Elmer Gentry is originally from St. Joseph, Missouri.  He has been a resident of Frankfort since 2008.  He is an Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy at Chicago State University.  In addition to his position on the faculty, he has served as a Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Acting Dean at the College. He and his wife, Corie, have three daughters who have participated in numerous park district activities. He has served on the Board of Directors for Frankfort Girls Softball (FGS) since 2010 as a Commissioner, Vice-president, President from 2015-2020, and currently serves as a Director. Through his involvement with FGS, Elmer has had extensive interactions with the employees and Board of the Frankfort Park District. He also served on the advisory community committee to explore the creation of a Community Recreation Center for Frankfort. “I am looking forward to serving as a commissioner in order to work with residents, commissioners and park district staff to continue quality programming and facilities for Frankfort” said Commissioner Gentry.


Commissioner Michael McCarey

Commissioner Mike McCarey has been a resident of Frankfort for 18 years. He has and continues to enjoy raising his family here with his wife Kim. When not busying working, Mike coach’s his son’s baseball team. Currently Mike is serving on the Frankfort Baseball Board and the Falcon Football Board. He has a passion for being active and serving the community.  Being part of the Park District Board gives me an opportunity to learn more about the community and work to expand and improve the park district facilities and offerings,” said Commissioner McCarey.


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 our Fundraising & Community Outreach Coordinator, 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

Interested in Volunteering?

Contact Cali DeBella our Recreation Supervisor at 815.469.9400 or email her 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!

2021 Volunteer Opportunities:

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

Family Campfire – Friday, September 17 / 6:00 – 8:15 pm

Mother Son Dance – Friday, September 24 / 5:30 – 8:15 pm

Thriller at Main Park – Friday, October 15 / 4:30 – 8:30 pm

Howl-A-Woof – Saturday, October 16 / 9:15 – 11:15 am

Father/Daughter Bowling Night – Friday, November 5 / 5:45-8:00 pm

Candy Bar Bingo – Monday, November 22 / 1:15 – 3:15 pm

Santa Workshop – Saturday, December 11 / 11:00 am – 2:15 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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