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.
Park Perks – Winter/Spring 2017
Park Improvement News
New Playground at Stone Creek Park
Stone Creek Park is located at the intersection of Pine Ridge Drive and High Stone Way and is currently undeveloped. The Frankfort Park District has budgeted funds for a new multi-age playground, shade structure and benches to be installed at the park and is scheduled for Spring 2017. The residences are very excited for this new addition.
Eagle Scout Project Compost Bin for Garden Plot Members
Brett Jennrich of Frankfort Boy Scout Troop 270 has constructed a composting bin alongside of the community garden plots at Commissioners Park as his final Eagle Scout project. Brett worked on and planned his Eagle Scout project for months and it has now been completed and is in use. On August 28th Brett and a group of 12 members from Troup 270, adult volunteers and assisted by Frankfort Park District staff built a compost bin by the community garden at Commissioners Park. It is located on the west edge of the garden plots at Commissioners Park, at 22108 S. 80th Avenue. The compost bin is a welcomed addition and is being used by garden plot members. The Frankfort Park District would like to give a special thanks to Brett Jennrich for building the compost bin at Commissioners Park as his Eagle Scout project.
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. Ice skate rentals will be available at the Founders Community Center office, 140 Oak Street, during office hours. 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 www.frankfortparks.org as it gets closer to winter.
Frankfort Park District Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Frankfort Park District. Celebratory festivities will be planned throughout the coming year. Check our website www.frankfortparks.org for 50th anniversary events planned. The Frankfort Park District is requesting your help in making this celebration a memorable one. Do you have any special memories or photos to share from over the years at the Frankfort Park District? Please send memory letters and/or photos to the Frankfort Park District, Attn: 50th Anniversary, 140 Oak Street, Frankfort IL 60423. Or email photos and/or memory letters to Stacy Proper, Superintendent of Recreation, email@example.com, with a Subject line of 50th Anniversary.
New Recreation Supervisor – Maurice Sullivan
The Frankfort Park District would like to introduce and welcome Maurice Sullivan as the Recreation Supervisor. His primary responsibilities will include overseeing youth and adult athletics, various camps and tournaments. Maurice brings a great balance of education and work experience in Parks and Recreation to the Park District. Maurice’s past duties as an Operational Supervisor included a wide range of Park District administrative, programming and marketing practices and experiences. As an Internship-Program Specialist for the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal he organized and implemented a range of program services, and activities and provided guidance and role modeling to members and staff. Maurice received his Bachelor of Science degree (Major Recreation and Park Administration) from Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois.
New Office Assistant – Sue Reidy
Welcome Sue Reidy who has been hired as the new Office Assistant for the Frankfort Park District at the Founders Community Center office. Sue brings a great deal of experience from her past positon as Administrative Assistant/Office Support for the Addison Park District. Her primary responsibilities will include; answering and distributing phone calls, take in and process program registrations, assist staff with projects and general office duties. Sue has an Associate’s Degree from Moraine Valley Community College, is married and has 3 children, and recently moved to Peotone from Roselle. She grew up in Tinley Park and is happy to be back in the south suburbs.
Operation Playground Foundation
Fort Frankfort, the Bark Park, Main Park basketball courts and the new fitness equipment at Bingham Park are just a few of the projects funded by the Operation Playground (OP) Foundation. The Foundations’ motto is “Improving Life through Recreation.” The members of Foundation are Frankfort residents who raise monies that are returned the community of Frankfort through its projects.
Operation Playground Foundation has no administrative expenses and does not contribute any money to the Frankfort Park Districts operating expenses. Operation Playground accomplishes its goals by tapping the volunteer spirit of Frankfort!
Operation Playground raises funds for the enhancement of the parks in Frankfort through annual fundraising events. Currently the Foundation hosts a golf outing that is held in September and monies are generated through manning Fall Fest parking. In the upcoming year, the Foundation will be looking to launch a new fundraiser and a new project.
Operation Playground prides itself in building the highest quality projects. In 2001, Fort Frankfort won the prestigious Governors Hometown Award. In 2007 the Bark Park was selected as one of the 10 Best Dog Parks in the United Sates by Dog Fancy Magazine. Through the years the Foundation has also donated $6,000 to Lincoln-Way Special Recreation.
For more information on the Foundation and how to get involved in the Foundation email Phil Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or (815) 592-8137.
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!
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 email@example.com.
Interested in Volunteering?
Contact Cali DeBella our Special Events Coordinator at 815-469-9400 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2017 Volunteer Opportunities:
Please click HERE to download a listing of our Spring 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.