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Discovery Day Camp Location Change for June 16- July 7

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Attention Discovery Day Camp Parents,
On Monday, June 16 Discovery Day Camp is temporarily moving to North School in Franklin Park because the Centre at North Park is getting a new roof. The materials for this project will be stored near the facility as well as any other equipment needed to assist in completion of the project. The Park District is committed to the safety of all campers, staff and participants so we are moving to another location.
North School is located at 9500 Gage Street, 1 block east of 25th Ave. Campers will participate in normal activities. This does not change any activities/field trips or other camp events.
North School has a spacious field and Discovery Park is next to the field as well. Classrooms are available for Arts and Crafts or projects. On rainy days, we have access to North School’s gym as well as the Community Center. Campers will still walk to the pool every day from North School.
Camp activities and Sign In/Out take place on the field at North School. Parents may park on Pearl Street and/or Edgington Street. Because parking is not as close as North Park, please expect more time to sign in or out.
Depending on the weather or unexpected delays, Discovery Camp returns to North Park on Monday, July 7. If you have any questions feel free to speak with your child’s counselor or manager.
We apologize for any inconvenience but are excited about the improvement.
Dan LoCascio
Discovery Day Camp Program Manger
(847) 455-2852

New Lightning Detection System Installed at the Park District

Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Lightning Detection System provides early-warning of lightning through Birch Park, North Park, Community Center and Pool on Pacific. The Strike Guard Early Warning System detects and tracks lightning strikes and provides warning when lightning strikes within a 10 mile radius.

When lightning strikes have been detected (no false alarms) within the warning area, the systems in that zone will provide warning. One long (15-second) siren will sound, and a strobe will flash on the unit. After the Strike Guard System determines conditions are safe, (30 minutes of no lightning) the siren will sound three five-second intermittent blasts and the strobe will go off, providing notice that it is safe to resume activity in this area.
Active locations include:
Birch Park, North Park, Community Center and Pool on Pacific.
Familiarize yourself with the warning unit in this park. Each location has signs such as the following explaining the Lightning Procedures. On the Park District of Franklin Park website, familiarize yourself with the sounds of the sirens so you can practice the proper safety procedures. Sirens and strobes will not go off when the parks are closed for the evenings or during none usage winter months.
Be vigilant in monitoring threatening weather and always err on the side of caution. Seek shelter immediately in the event of the following:
  • You hear one long siren.
  • You hear thunder (regardless of siren). 
  • You see lightning (regardless of siren).
  • You see the strobe light on when arriving at the park.
No place outdoors is safe when a thunderstorm is near! The best shelter from lightning is to be inside a substantial building.
  • Avoid car ports, porches, garages, sheds, tents, baseball dugouts, or under bleachers.
  • If no substantial shelter is available, then seek refuge in a hard topped vehicle, with the windows up.
  • Stay away from trees, electrical poles, or other tall objects.
  • DO NOT LIE FLAT ON THE GROUND! Crouch down on the balls of your feet to create the lowest profile

Familiarize yourself with the Lightning Alert sound.

For questions, concerns, suggestions, comments regarding these Lightning Detection Systems contact Nathan Wick, Superintendent of Parks, at 847-455-2852,

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!

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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

Summer Concert Series: Inbound Kennedy

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Movie at the Pool on Pacific - The Lorax

Fri, Aug 01, 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Looking for a new idea for family night? Watch a movie poolside or in the water. Join us this summer...

Movie in the Park - Despicable Me 2

Wed, Aug 06, 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Bring a blanket, pillow, lawn chair, and your family and friends andenjoy a great movie on our new c...

Summer Concert Series: The Pipe Dreams and Dennis Florine

Thu, Aug 07, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Movie in the Park - The Lego Movie

Fri, Aug 08, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy The Lego Movie! The Lego Movie is a family favorite and will be o...

Local Weather

Conditions for Franklin Park, IL at 11:50 pm CDT

Current Conditions:
Mostly Cloudy, 65 F

Sun - Partly Cloudy/Wind. High: 85 Low: 59
Mon - Sunny. High: 71 Low: 57
Tue - PM Thunderstorms. High: 79 Low: 60
Wed - Isolated Thunderstorms. High: 78 Low: 57
Thu - Scattered Thunderstorms. High: 80 Low: 59

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