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Park District Awarded PowerPlay Grant

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dan LoCascio, Program and Facility manager applied for the PowerPlay Grant, a program of the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD). Funding and materials for this program are provided through the sale and subsequent renewals of the Park District Youth License Plate and through Friends of Illinois Parks. The Park District of Franklin Park has been chosen to receive a $500 PowerPlay! Beyond School Grant. 35 other Park Districts were selected to recieve this grant.

This grant involves implementing a model program that focuses on health, nutrition and fitness for children ages Kindergarten-5th grade and 6th grade-12th grade. Each grant recipient must incorporate the core elements of the model program into their curriculum. Topics and materials in the model program were created to maximize the learning potential of participants in the program. Agencies will receive seed money to conduct a new model beyond school program or to enhance an existing one. This grant will enhance our current After-School Program and will allow more activies to be planned. There is much to look forward to at the Park District!

Strike Guard Lightning Detection System

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Park District Commissioners approved the purchase of a lightning detection system for four pPark dDistrict locations at the March 25 Board Mmeeting. The Strike Guard equipment is designed to detect lightning and warn park and facility users to seek safe shelter.  The system will be based at the Community Center and have detection capacity at the Pool on Pacific, Birch Park and North Park.  The system sounds a siren and strobe light warning flashes when lightning is detected. It also sounds an “all clear” signal when lightning danger is over.
In addition to the system, the Park District is posting warning and informational signs at parks. There is more information at and we also encourage residents, participants, sports affiliate coaches, and staff members to download weather/lightning apps on their smart phones. These applications provide National Weather Service real-time information about storms and potential lightning. In the case of power outages, old fashioned awareness and detection methods, including the sound of thunder and lightning sightings, are also important tools. In our lightning safety training and communication we will stress the importance of using all available methods for lightning protection.
The system is scheduled for installation by May 19, 2014. For more information please see the online and phone app resources below.
Lightning Safety
More information on NOAA Weather Radio can be found at:
Lightning Phone Apps
  • Lightning Finder                     
  • Weather Bug                           
  • Accuweather
  • NOAA Now                            
  • NOAA Radar US

Discounted Individual Pool Passes on Sale Now till May 10!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Enjoy your summer close to home by making a splash at the Pool on Pacific! The most economical way to visit the pool is to purchase a season pass. If you purchase your season pass by Saturday, May 10, it’s a $10/pass savings. As in the past the Park District will require all residents to come into the Community Center, 9560 Franklin Avenue, to get their Resident Pass or renew the pass before purchasing their pool pass. You will need a Resident Pass to prove residency when purchasing pool passes or if you want the residency price when paying daily admissions. This is to ensure that all residents are paying the correct discounted rate for the use of the Pool on Pacific and other park district programs. We will continue to make it convenient for patrons to purchase their pool passes at the pool. Once the pool is open and as long as your Resident Pass is still valid, on your next visit to the pool take the time to purchase a pool pass and not worry about paying daily admissions all summer. Before the pool opens, you may register for myour pool pass at the Community Center office with your Resident Pass. Or you can mail your registration, once you have received your Resident Pass. Season passes are non-refundable. A pool pass is equivalent to three visits paying daily admission. For a child, it’s the same as visiting five times. The pool is open for 101 days, and for $29 you can enjoy it every day. Buy your pool pass today and enjoy the savings. With 101 days in the season and a reduced rate offered again this year, you cannot beat a fun-filled summer of staying close to home and enjoying your pool.
                                   Early Bird            Regular
                                   March 1-May 10   After May 10
Children under age 3:    Free                     Free
All passes:                  $29/$39 NR           $39/49 NR
NR - Non-Resident

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Featured Parks and Facilities

Pool on Pacific
Book a Pool Party at the Pool on Pacific! Call 847-455-2852 for more information.

Centre at North Park
The Banquet Hall and Sports Arena at North Park are the perfect setting for your next event.  Find out more about rentals and our Special Occasion Package.

James Park, 10600 James St
ADA Accessible, this park features outdoor basketball, picnic areas, a "Tot Lot" with playground equipment, and lots of outdoor, open space.

The Ice Arena
From relaxing "Let's Skate" sessions to lessons for all ages and levels, to youth and adult hockey, speed skating and birthday parties, the Franklin Park Ice Arena has something for everyone.

Highlights of Upcoming Events

Teen Night

Fri, Apr 25, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Are you sick of doing the same boring thing every Friday night? If so, come to Teen Night. Listen ...

Earth Day Celebration

Sat, Apr 26, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Our annual Earth Day is a community celebration featuring student displays from District 84 and 21...

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Sat, May 03, 2014 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Bring your family and friends to experience Cinco de Mayo at beautiful James Park. Celebrate th...

Dance Recital

Sat, May 10, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This celebration performance highlights the artistic talents of local children. You will be ent...

Secretary of State/Super Seniors Program

Wed, May 14, 2014 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

This program is provided to you as a convenience. It includes a Rules of the Road review course and ...

Local Weather

Conditions for Franklin Park, IL at 5:49 pm CDT

Current Conditions:
Fair, 46 F

Fri - Clear. High: 51 Low: 35
Sat - Mostly Sunny. High: 65 Low: 46
Sun - Partly Cloudy. High: 73 Low: 55
Mon - Showers. High: 72 Low: 47
Tue - Mostly Sunny. High: 55 Low: 38

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