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Franklin Park Fest - August 26 - 29

Franklin Park will host a slimmed down festival from previous years, but it will still be fun, festive, and family-friendly. The event will feature a carnival that will be open all four days, free live music on Friday night and Saturday with a food vendors and a Beer and Wine Garden. While we are not able to have the train viewing this year, we look forward to celebrating our railroad heritage again in June 2022.

Franklin Park  Fest Flyer 

MWRD Subsidizing Rain Barrel Purchase

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s (MWRD) rain barrel program promotes local green infrastructure to capture rainwater from roofs and save it for use later, such as watering gardens and flowers. The MWRD is subsidizing 50% of the cost of rain barrels for all Cook County residents and 75% of the cost for Cook County residents over the age of 65.

- Cook County Residents: $21.96

- Cook County residents over the age of 65: $10.98

Free shipping and any accessories ordered are included in the purchase of rain barrels. Each rain barrel includes a 2-foot flexible downspout pipe. Delivery may take up to 30 days. To order, go to


Phase 5 of Restore Illinois Plan

Illinois has entered Phase 5, the final phase of the Restore Illinois pandemic recovery plan. All capacity limits will be lifted for indoor and outdoor settings, and large gatherings of all sizes can resume. If you are fully vaccinated, you will no longer be required to wear a face mask except if it is required by federal, state or local regulations including on public transportation and healthcare facilities:

Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear face masks in all public settings:

Village-wide Garage Sale - August 20, 21 and 22

The Village’s three-day event will be held on August 20, 21, and 22 from 8 AM to 7 PM daily. If you would like your address to be included in the sale, please email or call (847) 671-8242. Register no later than August 15 to be included in the list of addresses that are participating. The list will be available just prior to the sale.


Mowing Lawns, Clearing Clutter Helps Everyone

The Village reminds residents to mow your lawn regularly and to eliminate weeds in alleys and areas behind homes. Grass and weeds should not exceed six inches in height. Tall grass, areas with high weeds and cluttered backyards provide the perfect place for unwanted animals including rodents to hide and breed. Remove debris including rotting wood, brush, and dense shrubbery. Firewood stacks should be elevated off the ground.

Garbage bins should always be closed with lids securely fastened to prevent critters from reaching a food source. Keep the area around your garbage bins free of trash, food scraps and spills. click to continue .......


Blood Drive – September 3

Give the gift of life by donating blood on Friday, September 3 from 3 to 7:30 PM in the Community Room of the Police Station.


Leyden Family Services Offering Assistance Over the Phone

Leyden Family Services' Seniors & Benefits Department is available to assist you by telephone! Over the phone appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Staff can assist with to apply for Medicare, Medicaid and other governmental programs. Call (847) 455-3929 to make an appointment.

Click here for more info..... Leyden Family Service – Seniors & Benefits Department


Quiet Zone Update

The Village is in the final stages of applying to secure a Train Horn Quiet Zone with the Village of River Grove. Completion of the pedestrian safety improvements will allow the two Villages to qualify for the Quiet Zone. Since fall of 2020, METRA has been working to construct the required safety improvements which include upgrading crossing equipment technology at Scott Street, a new pedestrian crossing at the Rose Street grade crossing, installing new gates at the Calwagner pedestrian grade crossing and shifting the pedestrian grade crossing at the Metra depot.

Unfortunately, METRA has informed the Village that due to COVID-related setbacks, they will not be able to complete their work this summer as expected and have extended their estimated completion date to late October. The Village is proceeding with making street improvements including installing plastic delineators down the centerline of the roads at 25th and Ruby. Please watch our Village newsletter for updates on this important project.

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Trail Redevelopment Will Bring New Opportunities

Last month, I was pleased to join Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and State Representative and Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Des Plaines River which connects to the Des Plaines River Trail in Rosemont. 

For years, the Des Plaines River Trail has been impacted by chronic issues of flooding, disrepair, and unsafe road crossings. I serve as Chair of the Trail Advisory Group, hosting meetings and helping to identify trail improvements and potential route options.

The Trail Advisory Group is advocating for the creation of a continuous trail network in Northeastern Illinois that allows for biking, walking and horseback riding and that provides connections between local communities. Currently the trail terminates at North Avenue, but the planned expansion would expand and connect it to the Illinois Prairie Path and Miller Meadow near Forest Park. It would also provide connections to other trail systems that extend from the Wisconsin border to the Stevenson Expressway, a distance of over 50 miles.

Franklin Park is strongly committed to supporting new opportunities that offer cyclist and pedestrian alternatives and that sustain our environment. The trail offers more educational and recreational options for our residents and families and adds to the wellness of our region. Our connection to the natural environment is vital to our physical, mental, and emotional health. The Des Plaines River Trail project, along with other planned improvements, will create more opportunities for vibrant public spaces and offer safer access to destinations around Franklin Park. The trail will also spur economic development as more people will be able to visit our Downtown District, and have access to the Metra Stations, Pace Bus stops, and their jobs without relying on a car.

The River Trail Improvement Project is another impressive result of intergovernmental cooperation.  Among those contributing funding and support for the project are Cook County, the Cook County Forest Preserve District, the Village of Rosemont, the North Central Council of Mayors, the West Central Municipal Conference, and the Chicago Community Trust.

World Headquarters Relocates to Franklin Park

Life Fitness, the world-wide leader in commercial fitness equipment, will relocate its global headquarters and construct a new facility in Franklin Park. The company currently has a facility in Franklin Park at 10601 Belmont Avenue, but plans to significantly renovate and expand it, consolidating corporate offices there and adding staff. Construction will begin this month. When completed, the location will feature a state-of-the-art fitness showroom and an Experience Center to facilitate product development. The renovations are expected to be completed in 2023.

The relocation of this prestigious global headquarters demonstrates Franklin Park’s strong desirability as a business address.

Life Fitness is known for their commitment to wellness, for their employees, their clients, and their community. They will be another great corporate citizen for Franklin Park.

We look forward to the investment and energy Life Fitness will bring to our community.

McDonalds to Revitalize Vacant Lot

Another new business will be calling Franklin Park their business home. McDonald’s will locate a new restaurant at Edgington and Grand Avenue. The lot, already commercially zoned, has been vacant for over 30 years. McDonald’s is investing considerably in the lot by providing new lighting and extensive landscaping that will significantly upgrade this previously empty, unattractive lot. McDonald’s is also constructing, with no Village funding, a new alley that will greatly benefit the residents in the immediate area.  Additionally, Washington Street will remain a one-way street.

McDonald’s neither required, nor requested, any tax breaks, zoning changes, or street changes.

The Village is hopeful this will spur more investment and clean-up the area.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Mayor Barrett Pedersen


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