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 2018
Park Improvement News
Stone Creek Park Updates
The installation of the playground at Stone Creek, located at the intersection of Pine Ridge Drive and High Stone Way was completed this year. The new multi-age playground includes a play structure, a revolution inclusive spinner and swings for both youth and toddlers. The extremely dry fall limited the ability to add plantings. Crews will add additional landscaping to enhance the site as weather permits. Look for the ribbon cutting ceremony to be announced on the Park District’s website and Facebook page.
Photo: Stone Creek Park Playground.
Heritage Knolls Park Plans
In September, District staff met with residents of the Heritage Knolls subdivision to gather their feedback regarding the Heritage Knolls Park. The District was looking to collect feedback on the playground equipment and the overall park site that can be used for long range planning. Concepts were presented and reviewed for the replacement of the Heritage Knolls Park playground equipment. The District is planning to replace the playground equipment at Heritage Knolls Park in 2018. If you have questions you can contact Gina Hassett, Executive Director, at 815.469.9400 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Park District Improvements
Buildings and Grounds staff are continually working to ensure the parks and buildings are safe and enjoyable for all residents. During the fall, improvements were made to the Puent Building parking lot that is located at the edge of Main Park. The work allows for improved access to the facility where the District’s preschool program is housed. Year two at the garden plots was successful! This year gardeners had access to new storage shed that allows for shared hand tools and equipment for the gardeners. Additionally, new water access was added allowing gardeners’ easier access for watering their plants. For the second year, one of our gardeners grew giant pumpkins! There are numerous ponds within community parks. The ponds are being treated throughout the year to manage the algae and invasive species. A small boat has been purchased by the District which will allow crews to treat entire ponds rather than just the shoreline.
Photo: Giant Pumpkin grown at Community Garden @ Commissioners Park
GaGa Pit @ Main Park – Eagle Scout Community Service Project
Jack Malcom of Frankfort Boy Scout Troop 270 has completed the construction of a Gaga Ball Court at Main Park, providing park improvements, as his Eagle Scout community service project. Due to its popularity the new GaGa Pit is a welcomed addition to Main Park. The game is exciting and very popular with kids. This is the second GaGa pit in the parks, the first one was installed at Commissioners Park in 2014. A posted sign at the game pit explains the concept and rules for anyone not familiar the game. The Frankfort Park District would like to give a special thanks to Jack Malcom for constructing the new GaGa Ball Court at Main Park as his Eagle Scout project.
Photo: Gaga Ball Court at Main Park
IAPD 2017 Awarded Frankfort Park District – “50th Anniversary Award”
The Frankfort Park District has been recognized with a statewide award at the Illinois Association of Park Districts’ Best of the Best Awards Gala for celebrating its “50th Anniversary”. The Best of the Best Awards Gala took place the evening of Friday, October 13, 2017, at Wheeling Park Districts’ beautiful Chevy Chase Country Club. The awards were presented by Peter Murphy, Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Park Districts to Gina Hassett, Executive Director of Frankfort Park District, Stacy Proper, Superintendent of Recreation and Tom Barz, (Chairman of IAPD) Board of Commissioners President of the Frankfort Park District.
Pictured (left to right): Peter Murphy, Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Park Districts, Gina Hassett, Executive Director of the Frankfort Park District, Stacy Proper, Superintendent of Recreation and Tom Barz,(Chairman of IAPD) Board of Commissioners President of the Frankfort Park District.
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 Lisa Slattery, our new Business Manager at the Frankfort Park District. Lisa’s primary responsibilities will include the management of the financial operations, human resources, information technology and payroll for the Park District. She is a graduate of Lewis University and her background includes experience from municipalities and public accounting. She has been a resident of Frankfort for over 20 years and her family enjoys participating in Frankfort Park District programs, activities and events. Lisa looks forward to working with The Board of Commissioners, Staff and residents.
Photo: Lisa Slattery
Thank You to Sponsors and Supporters of Pours for Parks Beer Tasting
Operation Playground Foundation would like to say thank you to the many sponsors and supporters of the Pours for Parks Beer Tasting. The event raised monies for the Judy Herder Memorial Pumptrack. The Foundation continues to work to meet the goal of raising $60,000 to purchase a modular pumptrack made of a composite material and will wind around a 215 foot course. The modular pieces will allow for the course layout to be reconfigured and pieces can also be added to the track to enlarge the course. The track can be used by kids and adults who enjoy biking, skateboarding, rollerblading and scooters. It’s fun, safe and exciting! It is maintenance free and because it’s not constructed of dirt, it’s clean and aesthetically pleasing. The track will be installed at Indian Boundary Park which will provide great access due to the proximity of Old Plank Trail. The Foundation is hoping to have the track installed in summer of 2018. Thank You Sponsors and Donors; (Half Barrel Sponsors) CD&ME, FnA Bicycles, Frankfort Lions Club, OldTown Homeowners Association, Oral Surgery Center, (Growler Sponsors) Area Landscape Supply Inc., Auto Accessories Garage, Charrington Homeowners Association, Dental Boutique, Farnsworth Group Inc., Great Space, LLC, Mayor Holland & Stacy Holland, Representative Margo McDermed, Safety Meeting Outlines, Town Center Bank, (6-Pack Sponsors) Currency Exchange Association, Debbie Powers, Dr. Alan Heath DDS, Possibility Place Nursery, Russo Power Equipment, (Pint Sponsors) Dave & Peggy Lindgren and Gwendolyn Sterk. If you would like to make a donation to the project or to learn more about it, please visit www.opfrankfort.org.
Back to School Bash attendees donated school supplies that were intended to be donated to schools. The local schools indicated that their needs had been met due to an influx of donations. With the recent hurricanes in the United States, the school supplies have been donated to Hurricane victims in Houston. Thank you to those who donated and know that your generosity was greatly appreciated by those affected in Houston. Thank you!
Photo: Donated School Supplies
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.
2018 Volunteer Opportunities:
Please click HERE to download a listing of our WINTER/SPRING 2018 Volunteer Opportunities.
Click on the Event name to Sign-up Online for Volunteer Opportunities:
Winter on the Green
Daddy Daughter Dance – Friday
Daddy Daughter Dance – Saturday
Spring Craft Show Friday Set-up
Spring Craft Show Saturday Set-up
Lunch with Bunny
Super Dog Hunt
Family Fun Fly
Spring Break Movie Day
Celebrate Earth Day
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.
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