The Importance of Oak Trees

Did you know that oak trees have been in Illinois for 10,000 years? There are 20 species of oak that are native to our state, including white oaks, swamp oaks and red oaks. Unfortunately, Illinois is down to 17% of its original oak ecosystem. This is in large part due to developments and invasive plants […]

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New Registration Software – ACTIVENet

Dear Residents, Participants & Members,  The Park District of Franklin Park is transitioning to a new registration software, ACTIVENet. The previous software, MaxGalaxy, will no longer be operated by ACTIVE due to Microsoft’s plan to stop supporting Silverlight. The Park District starts operating ACTIVENet on November 8. Park District staff has trained and prepared the […]

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Get to Know Chimney Swifts

When Timber Park’s renovation is complete, you may notice a tall standing structure. One of the features of the project is a chimney swift habitat. Chimney swifts are birds that arrive in Franklin Park in late April and then migrate back to South America for the winter. Chimney swifts get their name because of their […]

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Park District of Franklin Park Receives Platinum International Aquatics Safety Award

The Park District of Franklin Park has been awarded the prestigious Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award. Earning this award demonstrates that the aquatic facilities operated consistently exceed industry standards in risk management and epitomize aquatic safety excellence. International Aquatic Safety Awards are conferred to deserving aquatic facilities by Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. – International Aquatic Safety and […]

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Bee Aware of Our Pollinator Friends

By: Jen Costa, Parks Services Assistant Did you know honey bees are not native to North America? They were imported from Europe in the 17th century to make honey and pollinate crops. Without bees, our diets would be dull, tasteless and less nutritious. Bees pollinate 80% of the world’s plants by pollinating fruits, nuts and […]

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Meet Your New Program & Aquatics Manger

Tim Skladzien is the new Program & Aquatics Manager for the Park District of Franklin Park. He oversees all Aquatic programs, Special Events and Youth Dance programming. He graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications and Master’s degree in Professional Leadership. Tim grew up in […]

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Masks Required for Indoor Youth Sports

August 11, 2021 On August 10, 2021 the Illinois Department of Public Health updated its All Sports Policy pertaining to indoor youth sports. For indoor sports, masks are required for individuals aged two years and older who can medically tolerate a mask. Spectators are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status when attending indoor […]

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Eddie Biondo Fall Fest Parade to March Again

The Park District of Franklin Park is pleased to announce the return of the Annual Eddie Biondo Fall Fest Parade. This longstanding Franklin Park tradition will march for the 43rd time on Sunday, October 3, 2021 from 1-2 p.m. The parade did not march last fall due to the pandemic. Eddie Biondo was the parade’s […]

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Surrounding Communities form the Leyden Leagues

The Park District of Franklin Park has formed new cooperative youth athletics leagues with the Village of Schiller Park, Rosemont Park District, Leyden Township Recreation Department and Norridge Park District. The Leyden Leagues begin this fall with Flag Football starting in September and Volleyball starting in October. Flag Football is open for Grades 3-8 and […]

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