New Tots Play Area Coming to Rock River Recreation Path

Rockford Park District team members, Rockford Park District Foundation members, and representatives from Kiwanis Club of Rockford dug into what will eventually be a new place for youth to explore along the Rock River Recreation Path.

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Board Begins Preparation for Next Executive Director

Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners will begin the process of selecting a new executive director in anticipation of current Executive Director Tim Dimke’s retirement expected this summer.

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Learn to Ride a Horse This Summer at Lockwood Park

Registration is underway for group horse riding lessons this season at Rockford Park District's Lockwood Park and Trailside Equestrian Centre.

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NOTICE: Highland Park Playground Surfacing Replacement

The turf playground surfacing at Highland Park is being replaced. Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

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Rockford Park District Looking for Tree Enthusiasts

The Rockford Park District is committed to providing park space and recreation facilities that meet the recreational needs of this and succeeding generations as residents value the District’s role in preservation, conservation, reforestation, and beautification.

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Residents Value Recreation as Essential for a Healthy Life

The Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners received an annual report on the value residents place on the District’s programs and services that contribute to healthy lifestyles.

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Loves Park Playground Renamed in Honor of Mayor Darryl F. Lindberg

At the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners March 28, 2017 meeting, the Board approved the renaming of Loves Park Playground to Darryl F. Lindberg Park in recognition of the Loves Park, Illinois mayor’s substantial community contributions.

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Frosty Fridays Public Skating Sessions Continue Through April

It’s great to skate indoors at the coolest place in town, no matter what the weather is like outdoors!

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Therapeutic Recreation Summer Program Guide Available Online

Rockford Park District's Therapeutic Recreation Summer 2017 Program Guide is available free of charge at Park District Customer Service, facilities, and downloadable online at

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Individuals/Organizations Honored with Community Service Awards

The Rockford Park District held the 2016 Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA)/ Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Community Service Awards today at the Webbs Norman Center, 401 S. Main Street, Rockford.

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Silent Sports Trail Initiative Receives Donation

At tonight’s Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners meeting, representatives from the Rock River Multi Sport Group and Rockford Area Mountain Biking Alliance (RAMBA) presented the Park District Foundation with a $1,000 donation for the Silent Sports Trail Initiative.

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National Inclusion Project Continues Partnership with RPD

The National Inclusion Project has partnered again with the Rockford Park District to create an inclusive environment where children with and without disabilities can play, learn, and laugh TOGETHER.

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Sign Up for Spring/Summer Adult Softball Leagues

Registration is underway for teams and individuals to sign up for Rockford Park District spring/summer adult slo-pitch softball leagues.

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Park Space and Recreational Facilities Meet the Needs of Residents

The Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners received and affirmed an annual report on their strategic priority for providing well-maintained park space and recreational facilities to meet the recreational needs of this and succeeding generations of District residents.

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Rockford Park District Strengthens Smoking Ordinance

The Board of Commissioners has voted to prohibit smoking entirely from Park District facilities or parks with the exception of public golf courses where adult smoking is permitted beyond 50 feet of enclosed/partially-enclosed spaces on golf course playing fields in the company of consenting adults and absent assembly by the general public.

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2017 Illinois Snow Sculpting Results/Viewing

The winning teams were announced at an awards ceremony, Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Sinnissippi Park in Rockford, Illinois.

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RPD Eliminates $1 Million in 2017 Budget, and Anticipates Lower Tax Rate

Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners has approved the 2017 budget.

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RPD Names 2016 Employee and Team of the Year

At a special employee excellence recognition ceremony, the Rockford Park District announced the 2016 Employee of the Year and 2016 Team of the Year. The employee and team of the year were selected by all Rockford Park District team members.

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Tim Dimke Receives Two Prestigious Awards

Tim Dimke with AwardsThe Rockford Park District and its Executive Director Tim Dimke were recognized at the Annual Illinois Park and Recreation Association/Illinois Association of Park Districts State Conference Awards Luncheon in Chicago.

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Rockford Park District Receives Financial Reporting Awards

Chief Financial Officer Penny Christians presented Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners President Ian Linnabary with the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR).

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Ekberg-Pine Manor Park: EPA Project Updates

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) is leading a portion of the remediation, or clean-up, of the Southeast Rockford Groundwater Superfund Site.

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Silent Sports Proposed Master Plan

A group of Rockford Park District citizens and silent sports enthusiasts – hikers, runners, cyclists, and skiers – seeks to expand recreational opportunities at Atwood Park. The vision of the silent sports stakeholders has been realized in the following master plan prepared by Progressive Trails Design.

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Rules for Political Signs in Parks

On August 11, 2015, the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners updated their ordinance concerning advertising and solicitation in parks. This memo hereby provides notice that political advertising and solicitation is prohibited in Rockford Park District parks and facilities.

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