Sinnissippi Park Renovations Complete

State, city, and county leaders come together to celebrate the improvements and dedicate a new playground.

Sinnissippi Park Playground Dedication 4 of 73Since 2013, the Rockford Park District has been working on renovating and adding new recreational opportunities at Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. Second Street, Rockford.

Sinnissippi Park improvements included:

  • New accessible path system
  • Additional parking areas
  • Paved concession area at the top of the Music Shell
  • Improved lighting throughout the park
  • Renovated existing 5- to 12-year-old playground
  • New music-themed 2- to 5- year-old playground and a bag toss area near the Twin Shelters
  • Installed new hexagon picnic shelter north of the maintenance shop
  • Installed a shade structure near the Music Shell seating area
  • New restrooms in the lower portion of the Music Shell
  • Installed native prairie and rain garden plantings

In May 2013, the Rockford Park District was awarded a $400,000 State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant. The OSLAD grant helped assist the Park District with much-needed improvements to Sinnissippi Park to enhance patron safety and enjoyment. The total project cost was $950,000. The remaining costs were funded through the Park District’s capital improvement project budget.

Sinnissippi Park Playground Dedication 24 of 73Last year, a fundraising campaign was launched to raise money to replace the aging sound and lighting system at the Sinnissippi Music Shell which would cost $73,078 to replace. The old lighting system was more than 30 years old and the sound system hadn’t been updated since 2001. The Rockford Park District Foundation received $50,000 from the Community Arts & Humanities Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern to help cover costs for a new sound system. The sound system provides state-of-the-art digital technology for a better listening experience.

Numerous donations were also received and the District purchased/installed new lights for the 2017 season. The lighting was replaced with LED lighting, and is more energy efficient. “We really appreciate everyone who has helped contribute to this project, and know that this new equipment will only add to the already wonderful experience of our free summer concerts at the Music Shell,” John Beck. On average roughly 27,000 people attend the District’s annual Music in the Park.

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