The weather this year was challenging but with the small group we were able to put in new mulch at the Fort and Bark Park.
Each year, Operation Playground coordinates a group of volunteers from Lincolnway High School and holds a "Maintenance Day" for the Fort. Students sand, stain, paint, and perform other maintenance tasks to the Fort to ensure it looks its best for the new playtime season. Students who volunteer earn service hours for helping with this project. If you or your organization are interested in help with Maintenance Day, please contact us. Students must be 16 or older to participate.
Operation Playground manages two parking lots at Fall Fest. Parking fee revenues are used to maintain Fort Frankfort, the Bark Park and enhance other Frankfort parks. Volunteers are needed to work the lots, with duties that include waving Fall Fest visitors toward the lot, collecting the parking donation, giving a donation receipt, and helping direct drivers to open spots. Morning shifts take place between 8:30/9am - 12/1pm and afternoon shifts occur from 12-3pm. As a special thank you, Bark Park members will earn a free membership for the following season! You may register at
Saturday, October 22, 4-7pm
Founders Community Center
140 Oak St, Frankfort, IL 60423
The annual craft beer tasting event is Operations Playground's most important fund raising event. Helping hands are always needed for handing out tasting glasses and program, selling raffle tickets and serving as beer pourers. To volunteer, please contact the Frankfort Park District at 815-469-9400.
A nonprofit is as strong as the community that holds it up. Together, we can do more than we can do alone. Let's bring our abilities and passions together to affect real change.
There are many ways to join us and support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways that you can get our message to your friends and family.
Operation Playground Foundation PO Box 1044 Frankfort, IL 60423 US
Operation Playground volunteers meet quarterly and we welcome new members anytime. Meetings usually last 1.5 hours. Please contact Phil Simmons, Operation Playground Board President, at Phil Simmons at email@example.com with questions or to learn more about joining our organization.