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.
Park Perks – Winter 2021
Park District News
New Pickleball Courts at Commissioners Park
The Frankfort Park District is excited to announce the opening of three new Pickleball courts at Commissioners Park. The concrete pad from the former skate park was utilized for the court surface. The project was developed and funded by Operation Playground Foundation. The non-profit Foundation funds park projects within the Frankfort Community that are not in the Park District’s capital budget. The project was slated to be completed in late spring but due to COVID the materials were delayed and then the fence was damaged in the windstorm that occurred this past August. There are still a few good weeks left this season to try out the courts.
For the past few years, the Park District has offered Pickleball Clinics and open play indoors at the Founders Center Gym which have been extremely popular. The District will be working to set up open nights of play for Pickleball at the outdoor courts and indoors over the winter. In addition to the 3 courts, the adjacent tennis courts at Commissioners Park were power washed and lines were added for Pickleball play. The tennis nets remain at the tennis height but overflow Pickleball players can utilize the tennis courts. The skate park equipment was removed and will be repurposed at Jackson Creek or at a future location within the park district.
Operation Playground Foundation has funded other projects within the District including the fitness equipment at Michelle Bingham Park, the Judy Herder Pump Track, the basketball court at Main Park, the Bark Park and the original project that started it all was Fort Frankfort. To learn more about the Foundation, donate or become part of the Board, visit the website at www.opfrankfort.org
Playground Replacement Projects Coming in 2021
The Park District has 18 playground structures. A number of the playgrounds were installed by the subdivision developers in the early 2000’s. The life span of a playground is approximately 15-25 years. As part of the District’s Comprehensive plan, the playground equipment was evaluated. Brookmeadow and Sandalwood Park are being considered for replacement of the playground equipment for the spring of 2021. The funding for the playground replacement is from bond proceeds and is part of the District’s capital plan. A playground renovation which includes new play equipment with concrete curbing and sidewalks is estimated to cost $180,000 per location.
In the early fall, the Park District staff provided online surveys to the residents to gather feedback about the two park locations. The data from the surveys was used to draft conceptual design concepts that was shared at park planning meetings. The meetings were well attended. Residents marked play equipment that interested them. Following the site meetings, staff went back to the playground manufactures to develop a final design. The designs are under review. The Board of Commissioners are evaluating the design and budgets. Once approved, staff will share with the designs with the community. The plan is that that the playgrounds would be constructed in late spring of 2021. The weather and material availability may affect the installation timeline.
Photo: Playground Planning Meeting
Spotlight on Instructor – Tammy Johnson
New Preschool Teacher
Tammy Johnson began teaching Preschool at the Frankfort Park District in the Fall of 2020. This is her first-year teaching Preschool. Tammy has 30 years’ experience teaching a variety of classes to children ranging in age from 2-18 years. Tammy’s interest in teaching began when she started assisting her mother, Ms. Chris Johnson with children’s classes for the Park District and soon began teaching on her own. She has been teaching children’s classes for the Frankfort, New Lenox and Lemont Park Districts for about 10 years.
“I look forward to coming to class every morning. I like to incorporate fun activities into the learning process. It is exciting to see how much they learn over a year and how far they have come. All the students are doing great. And I enjoy working with fellow teachers” said Tammy.
Photo: Tammy Johnson
Welcome New Dance Instructors
The Frankfort Park District would like to welcome Ms. Marissa Smith and Ms. Bella Roesing, the two new dance instructors for the Frankfort On Pointe Dance Program.
Marissa has been dancing since the age of three and danced as a student at the Frankfort Park District for 10 years. After graduating from Lincoln-Way East in 2015, she attended Illinois Wesleyan University and majored in Nursing. “While in college, I was on the dance team for all four years and served as a Junior and Senior Captain” said Marissa. After college she returned home to pursue a career as a behavioral health nurse, while also teaching a Girl’s Hip Hop class at the Park District. Ms. Marissa Smith will be teaching Pre-Dance, Dance Fusion, Girl’s/Boys Hip Hop, Level I Classes, Level II Classes, and Troupe.
Bella started dancing at age 3 at New Lenox Park District before moving over to Frankfort Park District where she began to compete at age 14. She graduated from Lincoln Way West High School in 2019 and was a member of Lincoln Way West’s Dance Team all 4 years including Fall Seasons and Competitive Seasons. During her Senior year she also taught and choreographed LWW Poms Kiddie Camp. Bella is currently a Sophomore at the University of St. Francis with a major in Substance Abuse Counseling and lives in New Lenox. This is her first-year teaching Level 3 Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Troupe and Pointe for Frankfort Park District.
s: Ms. Marissa Smith & Ms. Bella Roesing
Photo: Pre Dance students at the ballet bar.
Thank You to Our Park District Families
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the families that have participated in the Frankfort Park District programs and events during these unprecedented times! We appreciate your support, your understanding and your flexibility that you have shown us this past year! The Park District Board and staff continue to evaluate and monitor the guidelines set by the State, so we can safely provide recreational opportunities for all ages. We look forward to seeing more families safely enjoying our parks and programs in the upcoming months.
We welcome your feedback on how we can provide a safe recreational experience for you and your family. Please take a moment to complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HHV79W7. Your feedback is appreciated!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in Volunteering?
Contact Cali DeBella our Special Events Coordinator at 815-469-9400 or you can email her at email@example.com.
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!
2020 Volunteer Opportunities:
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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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