Respect It - Preserve It - Sustain It - PLANET EARTH
Franklin Park is committed to being a sustainable community that works together to make innovative and economically-smart decisions that preserve our environment. Our residents have enthusiastically embraced recycling. In fact, our waste hauler Republic Services says that Franklin Park increased the amount of recycling at a higher rate than any other location that they service. On page 4 of this newsletter, we have included the Village’s Guide to Recycling. It can be cut out and used for quick reference. Please pay special note to the items that cannot be recycled. Consider saving your plastic bags and returning them to Jewel to be recycled by the store. Homeowners can help sustain our community by composting.
Check our website’s Sustainability Page for information on how to get started. It also discusses how you can have a lawn that looks good without using herbicides and insecticides that can harm your family’s health and the environment. You can incorporate Natural Lawn Care practices that focus on restoring balance to the soil system, including nutrients that make a lawn healthy without dangerous chemicals. Don’t forget to join us at The Park District’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 22 from Noon to 2 PM at North Park.
This event will feature information on environmentally safe living, renewable energy, water conservation and how to get the entire family involved in preserving our planet. The event will help us all learn how to reduce our carbon footprint and respect the miraculous planet we have been given. Plan to bring your old electronics to be recycled too!
Also, I am inviting everyone to join me at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 22 to start the celebration as we plant trees at the Police Station. We are very proud that Franklin Park has earned a Tree City USA designation based on our commitment to supporting community forestry in our town.
In the Good Old Summertime
Summer in Franklin Park is always full of fun, fests and excitement. But this year, as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary, we promise a variety of special activities that will our honor our Village’s rich history and look forward to another happy and prosperous 125 years!
The Anniversary is being commemorated with the opening of the time capsule that was buried 25 years ago. I will be joined by the winner of the Mayor for a Day writing contest for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. This year’s theme is ‘What would you place in a time capsule to be opened in 25 years?’ I am looking forward to opening the sealed time capsule and also burying a new capsule to be opened 25 years from now.
Our high school art students competed to design our annual vehicle sticker based around this historic anniversary. The Library is creating a dazzling visual display of Franklin Park through the decades which will be on display during Franklin Park Fest.
Our annual Franklin Park Fest featuring Railroad Day will be held June 8 - June 11. Jazz Night, which has gained interest from around the region, will be held on Thursday evening. Great bands will perform on Friday evening and all day on Saturday and in the evening. Go to our website to see the complete musical line-up.
Train viewing will be held Saturday, June 10 from 10 AM to 3 PM with a display of vintage and specialty train cars. The day will feature exhibitors with unique train memorabilia and collectibles.
In honor of our Anniversary, we are planning special family-focused activities for the young and young of heart all day on Saturday during the Fest. We will have a variety of games and attractions that have delighted children through the decades.
The Anniversary fun will continue throughout the year with a special commemoration at our Veterans Day observance, during the Park District’s Fall Fest and at our annual Tree Lighting event as well. For all these events and more, please check our website and our Facebook page and look for more details in upcoming newsletters.
Mayor Barrett Pedersen