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 – Fall 2022

Park District News

Splash Park Ribbon Cutting

On Tuesday, June 14 the Frankfort Park District held a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Commissioners Park Splash Park. In attendance were the Frankfort Park District Commissioners and staff, Senator Michael Hastings, members of the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce and members of the Village of Frankfort Board including Mayor Ogle.

The renovated facility has a new recirculation system and splash pad features. The recirculation system that has been added will improve the water quality. The Splash Park also has new water spray features which includes a dumping bucket.

Executive Director Hassett said “This is a much-needed upgrade that was just in time for the hot weather and a wonderful addition to Frankfort and the surrounding area. There are no public pools in the Lincolnway-area therefore the splash park offered an option for families to get wet and keep cool during the summer weather”.

Executive Director Hassett said “The Park District approved the project in 2021 and upon approval was notified that Senator Michael Hastings secured a DCEO grant to assist with the costs. The Frankfort Park District will receive $350,000 to offset the project.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Photos:
Splash Park – Grand Opening – Ribbon Cutting

Jansen Pier
Community Partners – Mitchell Construction

Thanks to Frankfort resident Mike Mitchell of Mitchell Construction the pier installation at Jansen Park is complete. The labor for the construction was donated by Mitchell Construction. The Park District is elated to have a generous community partner as their donation will serve the community for many years. Mitchell Construction, installed new footings and constructed the pier at Jansen Park pond. It is beautiful!

Visit their website at www.mitchellconstructioninc.com

Photo: Jansen Park Pier

Frankfort Park District Awarded OSLAD Grant

The Frankfort Park District is excited to be awarded a $174,000 funding from the State of Illinois for Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) Grant. The funds awarded will be used to renovate the playground and site amenities at Windy Hill Park. The Park District met with members of the community in 2021 to discuss the site plan that was included in the grant application and has been waiting for the State to give notice of the grant awardees. The OSLAD grant is a matching grant so the project will include funds from the Park District. The additional funds provided by the grant will allow for the project to include items that would not be included due to budget constraints. The District’s timeline is estimated to include bidding the project in the fall of this year and estimated construction for 2023. The funding for the OSLAD grant program comes from the State of IL Real Estate transfer tax.

To view the press release visit: https://www.illinois.gov/news/press-release.25169.html

Photo: Inspirational Imagery for Windy Hill Park Playground.

Investments in Facilities

The capital budget included funds to make improvements to parks and facilities. Repairs to the parking lots at Commissioners Park are scheduled for late summer / early fall. The project has been delayed due the work stoppage issues at the quarry. For some time, the District has been evaluating opportunities to acquire a new facility for recreation programming. The Board has been cautious to invest funds into the Founders Center in hopes the District would use the money to invest in a new facility. With no immediate time frame to construct or purchase a facility to replace the Founders Center, it is necessary to protect our assets.

Roof repairs were made to a portion of the 30 years old roof on the Founders Center gym storage. The Board has approved the purchase of a new HVAC unit for the Founders Gym. The 27 year old air conditioning for the gym failed and given the level of programming in the gym it is was deemed necessary to replace the unit. With continued supply chain issues, the air conditioning at the Founders gym will be down for the remainder of the summer but is anticipated to be ready for the summer of 2023.

In addition to the OSLAD Grant funding that was awarded to the District to renovate Windy Hill Park, additional money will be invested in Lincoln Meadows Park. Senator Michael Hastings has secured funding to enhance the existing playground at Lincoln Meadows. There will be more information in the fall regarding the project.

Spotlight on Instructor
New Dance Teacher – Kristen Bruns

The Frankfort Park District would like to introduce and welcome Kristen Bruns as our new Dance Instructor. Ms. Kristen will join Ms. Bella instructing this Fall 2022 for the Frankfort On Pointe Dance Program. She will be teaching Little Stars (3-4 years), Pre-Ballet (4-5 years), Ballet/Tap Fusion (5-6 years), Ballet 1, Tap 1, Jazz 1, Ballet 2, Tap 2, and Jazz 2.

Ms. Kristen received a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Illinois University and comes to the park district with 21 years of experience teaching ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and contemporary styles of dance. She said, “I have always enjoyed working with children and the fun and curiosity they exude. Teaching dance and sharing something I love with children seemed like the right path for me after dancing for much of my childhood.”

Ms. Kristen has lived in Frankfort for 17 years with her husband, four sons and two pugs. “I am so excited to start sharing my love of dance with the children in the Frankfort area. I love being part of this community!” said Kristen.

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:

Santa Photos & Workshop – Saturday, December 10 / 11:00 am – 1:30 pm / Founders Community Center

Nerf Wars Tournament – Wednesday, December 28 / 12:15-3:15 pm / Founders Community Center Gym

New Year’s Countdown – Friday, December 30 / 10:45 am – 12:45 pm / Founders Community Center

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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