Memorial to Judy Herder – Project Community Meeting – March 8

Community Meeting • Wednesday • March 8 • 7:00 pm
Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street
To discuss the project. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the project.

The Frankfort Park District authorized Operation Playground Foundation to raise money for the purpose of purchasing a pumptrack to be named the “Judy Herder Memorial Pumptrack”. Judy Herder was a member of the Operation Playground board for 17 years and was instrumental in developing numerous park projects in Frankfort.

John Herder said, “Judy would love this project. She supported the idea of a track like this for years.”

Phil Simmons, president of Operation Playground said, “this track will be used by kids and adults who enjoy biking, skateboarding, rollerblading and scooters. It’s fun, safe and exciting!” The track creates a community environment by bridging the generation gap between parents, small children and adolescents.

The internationally award winning track is made of a composite material and will wind around a 215 foot course.  It’s maintenance free and because it’s not constructed of dirt, it’s clean and aesthetically pleasing. The course has modular pieces which will allow for it to be reconfigured to change the course layout and pieces can be added to the track to enlarge the course.

There will be a community meeting at the Founders Community Center located at 140 Oak Street at 7:00 pm on March 8 to discuss the project. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the project. The cost of the track is estimated to be $53,000. Currently the Park District is giving consideration to putting the track at a District Park located close to Old Plank Trail and would allow residents and trail users to enjoy the track. Numerous fundraising projects are being planned by Operation Playground.

Operation Playground Foundation is a registered 501c3. Past projects funded by Operation Playground include Fort Frankfort, the Frankfort Bark Park, the 3on3 Basketball Courts at Main Park, and the OPT exercise facility at Michelle Bingham Park.

For more information or a quote call the Frankfort Park District at 815-469-9400 or email Phil Simmons at

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