News and Announcements
Warming Centers: Community Center & Centre at North Park
Monday, January 05, 2015
The Community Center (9560 Franklin Ave.) and North Park (10040 Addison) are warming centers. If your home loses heat or your car breaks down, please seek shelter at one of these locations. We hope our residents and friends stay warm this week! If you have any questions about the warming centers, please call the Park District at 847-455-2852.
Maple Park Wins OSLAD Grant
Monday, January 05, 2015
Congratulations to the Park District for receiving from an OSLAD Grant from Governor Quinn for Maple Park! Construction will begin later in the year. Stay tuned for details!
Book Your Next Event at the Centre at North Park!
Monday, December 01, 2014
Looking for a banquet hall for your next event? Visit the Centre at North Park located at 10040 Addison Avenue! Whether you are planning a wedding, anniversary, graduation party, special birthday celebration, bridal shower, or family reunion, our staff at North Park will help you structure your event according to your budget and needs. To see pricing and packages, view our brochure!
Call 847-928-8478 today to see our banquet facility, reserve a date, or discuss our menu options.
Directions to North Park:
- From North: Exit 294 south at Irving Park East. Go one block to Scott Street and turn right, continue on Scott to Addison Avenue. North Park is located at the corner of Addison and Scott Street.
- From South: Exit 294 north at North Avenue/Lake Street. Go east on North and turn left on 25th Avenue (Rose Street). Continue to Addison and turn left, heading west to Scott Street. North Park is located at the corner of Addison Avenue and Scott Street.
Polar Express is Currently Sold Out
Monday, November 03, 2014
Due to the tremendous interest in our Polar Express events on December 6, 13 and 20 is currently sold out! Thank you for your support and interest in this wonderful event. If you were unable to register for next year, we recommend that you register early when the Fall brochure comes out in August. Due to the popularity of this event, it typically fills up by October. To secure your spot, please register as early as possible.
New Lightning Detection System Installed at the Park District
Monday, June 02, 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, email@example.com
Park District Awarded PowerPlay Grant
Friday, April 11, 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
Friday, April 11, 2014
Park District Commissioners approved the purchase of a lightning detection system for four
park district locations at the March 25 Board Meeting. 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 information
al signs at parks. There is more information at www.fpparks.org
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.
More information on NOAA Weather Radio can be found at:
Lightning Phone Apps
- Lightning Finder
- Weather Bug
- NOAA Now
- NOAA Radar US
Discounted Individual Pool Passes on Sale Now till May 10!
Friday, March 07, 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
Park District Awarded Safety Accreditation
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
When your family visits a Park District facility or playground, it is important for your family to know that safety is a number one priority. Every facility and playground undergoes safety inspections daily. This past year the Park District for the first time received accreditation through our risk management pool, PDRMA. Not only was this our highest score achieved we also were awarded the overall goal of accreditation. This shows that safety is a priority and a mindset at the Park District. We are looking to maintain and research new ways to provide the highest safety standards.
If you notice something of concern, please contact us at 847-455-2852.
50 Years With You! - Celebrating the Park District's 50th Anniversary
Thursday, December 19, 2013
On behalf of my fellow Commissioners and the Park District staff, I invite you to join us in a year-long 50th Anniversary celebration as we look back at “50 Years With You!” Since the Village of Franklin Park was incorporated in 1892, it took another 72 years before the Franklin Park Women’s Club and the local Kiwanis Club asked residents to vote for a referendum to form the “Franklin Park Park District.” At that time, besides school property and some vacant lots, there were no parks in town and few places for children to play.
The vision of what could be in Franklin Park was led by the “Franklin Park Cooperative Recreation Association,” an independent volunteer group that inspired residents to meet with their neighbors and go door-to-door to share their excitement for potential Park District parks, facilities and programs. The four-year effort for the July 11, 1964 referendum resulted in 980 residents voting “yes” as well as the election of the first five Commissioners from a group of thirteen candidates. The park district was officially incorporated July 17, 1964.
The new Park District quickly purchased remaining land for parks. North, Elder, Hawthorne, Ruby/Addison, and Timber Parks were built between 1966 and 1968. The Pool on Pacific, North Park Gymnasium and Service Center were acquired and built in 1969 along with Willow, Chestnut, and Robinson Crusoe (Championship) Parks. The Community Center was built in 1970 and the Ice Arena in 1974 and in the same four years, Chestnut, Lincoln, and Iceland Parks were developed. Since those early years, from 1988 to 2003, land was purchased for eight additional parks, now totaling 24.3 acres of park property for families to enjoy.
With the purchase of the last four parks, the Commissioners have been dedicated to providing parks within walking distance of every home. Since 2000, thirteen parks were renovated and during the coming Anniversary Year, we will have Grand Openings for Elder, Lincoln, and Chestnut Parks. Elder and Lincoln Parks were just completed in October, and Chestnut Park is under construction as part of a major renovation supported in part through an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Grant.
This insert attached is your guide to the 50th Anniversary activities. As we introduce regular 2014 events, each will also feature part of your parks and recreation history. We look forward to celebrating this exciting birthday year with you and encourage you and your family to discover and enjoy your parks, facilities,
Susan E. O’Connell
President, Board of Commissioners
Elder Park & Lincoln Park - Now Open!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Looking for something fun on this cool, crisp fall day? Come to Elder Park and Lincoln Park to play!
Elder Park, (2932 Elder Lane) and Linclon Park, (3000 Lincoln Street) are now open and in the Spring, the Park District will hold an official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Enjoy the parks and let us know what you think!
Elder Park Lincoln Park
Elder, Lincoln and Chestnut Park Construction
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Construction is near completion for Elder and Lincoln Park and will be reopening soon. Chestnut Park's construction began, but won't be completed until Spring 2014. Official park openings for Elder, Lincoln and Chestnut Parks will be taking place sometime in Spring of 2014.
Visit our website and Facebook page for details on park openings.
Rain Barrels are Available for Purchase!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Rain barrels are used to recycle rainwater from your home's roof. They attach to your gutter's downspout, enabling you to catch rainwater and store it to water plants and gardens as needed. Rainwater is better for plants than municipal water because it's free of chlorine and other chemicals. Recycled rainwater can help you to have the best roses, fruit trees or tomatoes possible!
Decrease use of treated water for outdoor uses
Decrease energy consumption normally required to treat and pump water and waste-water
Decrease storm water runoff, since water seeps into the groundwater when used to water gardens and lawns
Decrease flow to municipal waste-water treatment centers
In cooperation with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the Park District has made rain barrels available for Franklin Park residents to purchase! Barrels stand about 3 feet high and are either black or blue, but can be painted. To reserve your barrel, fill out a Request Form and submit it with payment ($77 each) to the Community Center, 9560 Franklin Avenue. For more information, call 847-455-2852. |
Click here to download of the latest issue of the Recreations Newsletter!