Park District of Franklin Park History

Founded by concerned citizens in July 1964, the Park District of Franklin Park serves approximately 15,158 residents residing north of Grand Avenue in Franklin Park, offers more than 250 programs each year, and operates 17 parks totaling 24.14 acres and four facilities.

Facilities include a year-round indoor Ice Arena with a full sheet of ice and Studio Arena, North Park Banquet Hall and Sports Arena, the Community Center, and the Pool on Pacific, an outdoor aquatic facility featuring an Olympic-size swimming pool, a zero depth area with spray features, a drop slide, two tube slides, a basketball net and diving area.

The park district employs 22 full-time staff, augmented seasonally by more than 120 part-time employees. We participate in a special recreation cooperative, the West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA). Supported by 12 park districts, the association provides special leisure services for people with disabilities.

Mission Statement

Dedicated to the Franklin Park community, we provide unique recreation opportunities through quality programs, parks, and facilities.

Entrusted with our residents’ investment, we are committed to fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, and the highest standard of service.

Challenged with environmental and energy concerns, we are responsible for conservation, community education, and the best practices in resource management.

Considering the needs of our richly diverse community, we create awareness of the lifelong benefits of parks and recreation.

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