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 – Fall 2017
Park Improvement News
New Playground at Stone Creek Park
Stone Creek Park, located at the intersection of Pine Ridge Drive and High Stone Way now has a new playground. Contractors installed the playground edging and sidewalks at the beginning of the summer and by the end of July the playground equipment was installed. The new multi-age playground includes a play structure, a revolution inclusive spinner and swings for both youth and toddlers. Benches will be added to the park along with landscape restoration and additional site amenities. This newest addition brings the total number of playgrounds managed by the Park District to 18! Look for the ribbon cutting ceremony to be announced on the Park District’s website and Facebook page.
Photo: Stone Creek Park Playground.
Park District Improvements
Buildings and Grounds staff are continually working to ensure the parks and buildings are safe and enjoyable for all residents. There has been a new heating and air conditioning system installed at the Susan A. Puent Educational Building. The Frankfort Park District received a portion of the funds through the “Illinois Energy Now” incentive program. The Splash Park located at Commissioners Park underwent improvements to spruce up the area by replacing the faded and warn benches and installing additional new picnic tables. The second year for the Community Garden plots at Commissioners Park has been a great success with twenty garden plots utilized. Improvements this year included the installation of a storage shed with tools available for the garden plot members to use and access to running water. Due to high demand we are creating additional plots as the program expands.
Photo: Community Garden plots at Commissioners Park.
Eagle Scout Community Service Projects @ Main Park
Several scouts from Frankfort Boy Scout Troop 270 are providing park improvements as part of their Eagle Scout community service projects. Brendon McCray of Frankfort Boy Scout Troop 270 has constructed replacement planter boxes at Main Park as his final scout project working towards becoming an Eagle Scout. Brendon worked several weekends, throughout June, on the assembly, installation and planting of the planter boxes at Main Park. Jack Malcom, also of Frankfort Boy Scout Troop 270, is working on the construction of a Gaga Ball Court at Main Park as his final scout project working on becoming an Eagle Scout. He has received approval from the scout council and assisted by Frankfort Park District staff, will be setting up a timeline for construction that will take place later in the summer. The game is exciting and very popular with kids. Due to its popularity the new GaGa Pit is a welcomed addition to Main Park. 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 Brendon McCray for building the planter boxes at Main Park and Jack Malcom for constructing a new GaGa Ball Court at Main Park as their Eagle Scout projects.
Photos: Gaga Ball Court and planter boxes at Main Park. (Photos to Come)
Frankfort Park District
Newly Elected Board of Commissioners
The Frankfort Park District is pleased to announce five elected members to our Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners. The new board members were elected in the April 4th General Election. Join us in welcoming newly elected Board Members; Matt Schedin and Patrick (PJ) Bickett in addition to our three re-elected Board Members; John Reilly (Vice President), Brian Feehery and Tom Ruvoli. The five Board Members were sworn into office by the Honorable Bennett Braun at the May 9, 2017 Board Meeting. The new board members will serve a four-year term, with Commissioner Feehery re-elected to complete a two-year term ending in 2019.
The Frankfort Park District says goodbye and thank you to Commissioners Jaclyn Schedin (Secretary) and Margaret Farina (Treasurer) for their years of service and dedication.
Photo: (Left to Right): Board Members; Brian Feehery, Tom Ruvoli, Katie Rak, Matt Schedin, Patrick (PJ) Bickett, John Reilly (Vice President), Tom Barz (President), and the Honorable Bennett Braun.
Photo: (Left to Right): Jaclyn Schedin, Tom Barz (President) and Margaret Farina.
Welcome New Board Members
Matt Schedin & Patrick (PJ) Bickett
The Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners and Staff would like you to join us in welcoming our two newly appointed board members Matt Schedin & Patrick (PJ) Bickett.
Commissioner Matt Schedin has been a Frankfort resident for 5 years where he and his wife Jackie, who just finished her 4 year Park District commissioner term, are raising two children. Schedin worked for a local plumbing company for 17 years and currently is employed by the City of Palos Heights Public Works Department. His family has been very involved in the Frankfort community; his children are very active in sports and participate in Frankfort Park District programs, activities and events. This fall Matt is excited to be a part of the newly formulated Frankfort Gladiator Wrestling Club based out of Roma sports complex. Commissioner Schedin “looks to bring new ideas and visions to the district while keeping costs down. I would like to keep moving forward as a district in bringing the best services, programs and opportunities for our Frankfort residents.
Commissioner Patrick (PJ) Bickett and his wife Renee along with their 3 sons (Nolan10, Grady 8, and Conor 7) moved to the Frankfort community in October, 2013. Bickett graduated from St. Xavier University and is an Innovation Consultant with 20 years of experience. His entrepreneurial background includes working at IBM, in machine learning and artificial intelligence, and with other leading global companies, brands and startups. He is looking forward to utilizing his innovation, entrepreneurial background and corporate experience to help extend and improve local services. Bickett has become an active member in the community. He is very active in Frankfort Baseball community, coaching all three sons, for both travel and in-house baseball. Commissioner Bickett is, “Excited about the opportunity to leverage the districts natural spaces to serve our community in new ways, while generating external revenues to support more ambitious park services and programs to be used by all Frankfort residents.”
Photos: Board Members; Matt Schedin and Patrick (PJ) Bickett.
Karen Volk – Personal Trainer – 2nd Annual Southwest Choice Award Winner
Karen Volk has been working with the Park District for the past four years instructing fitness classes and over the last three years as a certified personal trainer. The Frankfort Park District is proud to announce that she was one of the 2nd Annual Southwest Choice Award winners presented by 22nd Century Media. Winners are selected by votes from the community. In order to win this award, readers from The Frankfort Station, The Lockport Legend, The Mokena Messenger, The New Lenox Patriot, The Orland Park Prairie and The Tinley Junction voted for their favorite local businesses. To cast votes, readers were able to go online or use ballots presented in their newspapers. Voting took place from February 2-28 in 140 different categories. Karen, a two-time certified personal trainer winner, received this year’s award at the 22nd Century Media’s second annual Southwest Choice Awards cocktail and awards ceremony, which took place on March 15th at the Tinley Park Convention Center.
“Movement is the key to fitness,” the two time winner of this award stated, “You will not become truly fit by just sitting on a weight machine.” Karen enjoys cycling, cross country skiing, and rock climbing to help her stay fit. She has also participated in several triathlons, Hustle Up the Hancock (94floors), as well as various 5K run/walks.
Photo: Karen Volk – 2nd Annual Southwest Choice Award Winner
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.
2017 Volunteer Opportunities:
Please click HERE to download a listing of our FALL 2017 Volunteer Opportunities.
Click HERE to Sign-up Online for 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.
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