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Posted on March 24, 2020

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Looking for a fun way to keep the kids busy at home this week? We are starting a digital activity book on our website that will fill up with resources from our great team of "fun" experts.


Today get the kids together and color "Rocky the Bear" from Sapora Playworld.


If you want to share your finished products with us, please do so in the comment string.


Check back again tomorrow for an inside look at some special friends just swimming their days away inside Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. We are here to help you enjoy life!


https://rockfordparkdistrict.org/digital-fun



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As we head into the weekend we're sharing a few fun scavenger hunts you can do around your house. One is for indoor and one is for outdoor, depending on the weather.Check back next week for more activities, videos, and tips to help you enjoy life!https://rockfordparkdistrict.org/digital-fun

March 27, 2020

Take a deep breath and take a break. We all need them. Go inside the relaxing atmosphere of Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens by clicking on the live camera below. We'll move the camera around, but right now you can enjoy the peacefulness of watching the fish swim in the koi pond.Check back again tomorrow for a demonstration of how you can Q-Tip paint with your kids.We are here to help you enjoy life!https://youtu.be/qzSdygQVhTI

March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Due to Illinois Governor’s Executive Order, Rockford Park District Suspends Use of Additional Recreational OpportunitiesFollowing the Executive Order made by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker additional recreational opportunities are being impacted due to extreme restrictions in place to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19.)Governor Pritzker issued a new Executive Order requiring all Illinoisans to stay at home (with limited exceptions) from Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 5 p.m. through April 7, 2020. As per the Executive Order from the State of Illinois, all Rockford Park District playgrounds and skate parks will be closed to the public during this mandate.  Rockford Park District has 86 playgrounds and four skate parks that are all impacted due to the announcement.“We know so many people spend lots of quality family time at our playgrounds so it is incredibly hard for us to ask residents who utilize these specific park amenities to refrain for a few weeks. Playgrounds and skate parks tend to be gathering places which are prohibited within the Executive Order.  We hope that these additional short term sacrifices that we are being told to implement will help the overall safety and health of our community as that remains our top priority,” said Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine.The Executive Order from Governor Pritzker specifically states that individuals may leave their residences to engage in outdoor activity such as walking, hiking, biking, and running.  Social distancing requirements must be followed such as no more than 10 people in a group and everyone must remain 6 feet apart. Parks, paths, trails, and dog parks will remain open at this time. Major paths:Rock River Recreation Path – 10 mile path Cherry Valley Path – 1.4 mile path Mel Anderson Memorial Path – 3 mile path Mercyhealth Sportscore Two Path – 0.59 mile pathMajor paths in neighborhood parks: Dahlquist Park – 0.43-mile walking pathLandstrom Park – 0.75-mile paved pathBrown Park – 0.5-mile paved pathWantz Park – 0.5-mile pathMulford Crest Park – 0.46-mile paved pathLevings Park – 1.3-mile paved roadwayHaight Park – 0.32-mile pathMidway Village Museum Loop – 1.4-mile path Atwood Trails and Anna Page Park trails are also open along with Canine Corners Dog Parks. Additional information about Rockford Park District paths and trails can be found at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/trails. The Rockford Park District already announced last week that all Rockford Park District facilities, events, programs, and rentals are suspended.As per the Illinois Governor’s Executive Order, the following Rockford Park District facilities will not be open to the public until Wednesday, April 8, 2020: Webbs Norman CenterAtwood CenterWashington Park Community CenterNicholas Conservatory & GardensAldeen Golf Club and Practice CentreElliot Golf CourseIngersoll Golf CourseSandy Hollow Golf CourseSinnissippi Golf CourseMercyhealth Sportscore Two and SkyboxMercyhealth Sportscore OneUW Health Sports FactoryCarlson Ice ArenaRiverview Ice HouseSapora PlayworldCherryVale Mall Indoor PlaygroundThe Rockford Park District has been following and supporting guidelines and recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD), and will continue to do so until this health emergency subsides. Rockford Park District’s COVID-19 Response Team will continue to provide additional updates as needed.

March 21, 2020

Online Registration Only!

Online Registration Only!

During this restrictive time period surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all of our customer service locations are CLOSED.We are asking all patrons interested in registering for future programs complete the transactions online at the link below.ONLINE REGISTRATION >

March 19, 2020

In the Outdoors: Campfire Cooking

In the Outdoors: Campfire Cooking

Do bears cook in the woods? No, but you can! With a few simple steps, and a bit of a plan, you can have a hot dish, and get something “delish”!  Up on the menu, we don’t mean to gloat, is a Wood fire Grilled Cheese and a sweet Banana Boat! (To guarantee food, please call ahead)

March 17, 2020

Rockford Park District Suspends Operations at ALL Facilities to Reduce and Prevent Community Transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Rockford Park District Suspends Operations at ALL Facilities to Reduce and Prevent Community Transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following today’s announcement of statewide school closures and as part of the Illinois Governor’s ask of communities to aggressively expand social distancing efforts to limit exposure, all Rockford Park District facilities, events, programs, and rentals are suspended effective immediately through at least March 30, 2020. Social distancing is defined as a term applied to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease by having 6 feet of space between one individual and another.The following Rockford Park District facilities will not be open to the public until further notice:Washington Park Community CenterNicholas Conservatory & GardensAldeen Golf Club and Practice CentreElliot Golf CourseIngersoll Golf CourseSandy Hollow Golf CourseSinnissippi Golf CourseMercyhealth Sportscore Two and SkyboxMercyhealth Sportscore OneUW Health Sports FactoryCarlson Ice ArenaRiverview Ice HouseSapora Playworld“This is the first time in our 111 year history that we will be forced to close our doors to the community. This was not an easy decision but the safety and security of our citizens, youth, and families continues to be our top priority especially in the midst of a national crisis. We have to do our part locally to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine.The Rockford Park District has been following and supporting guidelines and recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD), and will continue to do so until this health emergency subsides. Rockford Park District’s COVID-19 Response Team will continue to provide additional updates as needed and information can be found at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/covid19.

March 13, 2020

Rockford Park District Suspends Operations at Select Facilities Following Winnebago County Health Department Recommendations

Rockford Park District Suspends Operations at Select Facilities Following Winnebago County Health Department Recommendations

Today, the Rockford Park District was directed by the Winnebago County Health Department that effective immediately, non-essential events and gatherings not be held, as a way to reduce and prevent community transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19.) Public events were categorized as gatherings with more than 25 people attending. On a daily basis certain Rockford Park District facilities have large amounts of customers and guests utilizing the facility and it would be extremely difficult to implement social distancing (6 feet apart) at specific locations. A variety of users have also already decided to cancel or reschedule their events, rentals, or tournaments at the District’s sports facilities. As of now, the following Rockford Park District facilities will be closed until further notice:Mercyhealth Sportscore Two and SkyboxMercyhealth Sportscore OneUW Health Sports FactoryCarlson Ice ArenaRiverview Ice HouseSapora Playworld“We have never been in this position before, but we know this is going to have a major impact on the services we provide citizens, and especially area youth. The safety of our participants, guests, team members, and community is the top priority at the Rockford Park District. We have been following and supporting the guidelines and recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD), and will continue to do so until concerns about this health emergency subside,” said Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine.Rockford Park District’s COVID-19 Response Team has been monitoring the latest information, and will continue to provide additional updates as needed. The District will also continue with enhanced cleaning protocols, hand sanitizer opportunities, and informational signage about COVID-19. Additional information can be found at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/covid19.

March 12, 2020

Chicago Bears Mini Monsters

Chicago Bears Mini Monsters

Ages: 5-11Location: Mercyhealth Sportscore TwoThe Chicago Bears Mini Monsters Clinic is a free youth program  that stresses the importance of healthy eating, physical activity and proper hydration through fun, non-contact football drills.This camp will be conducted by the Chicago Bears Outreach Team and local high school coaches.All campers will receive a Mini-Monster t-shirt, energy snack, and autographed photo from our former Chicago Bears players guest instructors. Local high school coaches will also serve as instructors.2020 Chicago Bears Guest Instructors:Johnny KnoxJason McKieRegistration Deadline is May 15, 2020.

February 28, 2020

Rockford Middle School Combine

Rockford Middle School Combine

Ages: 12-14Date: May 30, 2020Location: Mercyhealth Sportscore TwoPOWERED BY MERCYHEALTH TOP PERFORMERSJoin athletes from the Rockford area looking to showcase their talent. This event allows athletes to receive a verified football rating.   Fee includes combine shirt, shorts, giveaways, and Top Performer awards.The Rockford Middle School Combine will allow participants to learn about high school eligibility, be measured, take part in a dynamic warmup, and compete in the four testing events in a world class facility:Short Shuttle: This tests the athlete’s coordination and lateral quickness.40-yard dash (10-20 yard splits): We time athletes in the 40-yard sprint, but also time their 10 and 20 yards of the split.Vertical Jump: Tests the athletes’ leg explosion while leaping up. Athletes jump straight up while standing on a black mat.Individual Position Drills7-on-7 Drills

February 28, 2020

Adult Softball Leagues

Adult Softball Leagues

ADULT SOFTBALL EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT FOR ENTRIES BY MARCH 20, 2020. Registration is underway for teams and individuals to sign up for Rockford Park District spring/summer adult slo-pitch softball leagues.All games are scheduled to play at Mercyhealth Sportscore One and Two (Rockford and Loves Park). Players must be age 18 or older as of January 1, 2020.Spring/summer league 14-game play begins the week of April 14, 2020, and includes an end-of-season tournament. Entry fees for spring/summer leagues if registered by March 20, 2020 are $465 per team. After March 20, the entry fee will be $520. All entry fees are due at registration, which will close April 3, 2020 if capacity has not been reached sooner.Entry fees are discounted for teams signing up for both spring/summer and fall leagues by March 20, 2020.Registration opens March 2, 2020. Sign up below. SIGN UP!

February 28, 2020

Golf Membership Sale!

Golf Membership Sale!

PURCHASE IN-PERSONGolf Rockford Memberships can be purchased in person during regular business hours at UW Health Sports Factory, Carlson Ice Arena, or Indoor Sports Center at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two.EZ-PAY PLAN AVAILABLE!Our EZ-Pay installment payment plan automatically withdraws payments from your debit or credit card. A $100 down payment is required using the card you would like the scheduled payments to be deducted from. Must apply in-person at the locations listed above. BALANCE DUE BY: MAY 31, 2020.More info!

February 21, 2020

Sapora Playworld Birthday Parties

Sapora Playworld Birthday Parties

Rockford Park District is your birthday party headquarters, offering unique and fun parties to make memories for a lifetime, with several reasonably-priced packages, including a play and skate option to include time in Sapora Playworld and indoor ice skating at Carlson Ice Arena.Sapora Playworld is “a world of fun,” and is one of the Park District’s popular indoor party options, where kids ages 5-12 can explore the three-level soft play structure, and ages four and under can enjoy the Tiny Tots Playspace. Playworld makes party planning easy by providing everything needed for a great celebration, plus, Playworld staff takes care of the clean-up chores!LEARN MOREA brochure containing fees and details for party options and packages starting at $125 for up to 10 children, along with a virtual tour of the facility and party rooms, is available online and below. For all parties, a $25 room deposit is due when reserving, and full payment is due the day of the party. Brochures are also available at Rockford Park District Customer Service locations: UW Health Sports Factory in Rockford, and at Carlson Ice Arena and Mercyhealth Sportscore Two in Loves Park.Call 815-969-4082 to book your party today! Playworld is located inside Carlson Ice Arena at Riverside and Perryville in Loves Park, IL.

February 10, 2020

Join the Rockford Park District Mobile Club today! Text “RPDFUN” to 444222 to start getting periodic text messages with general information, offers, special event alerts, and more!

January 27, 2020

Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition

Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition

ADMISSIONAdmission is free, but donations are welcome.VIEWING HOURSDaily from sunrise until 10:30 pm. You may drive or walk through.COMPETITION SCHEDULESculpting begins Wednesday for state teams, and Thursday for high school teams. Teams sculpt each day between 7:00 am and 11:00 pm. On Friday, teams may work through the night.More Info: https://ilsnowsculpting.com

January 4, 2020

Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition

Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition

ADMISSIONAdmission is free, but donations are welcome.VIEWING HOURSDaily from sunrise until 10:30 pm. You may drive or walk through.COMPETITION SCHEDULESculpting begins Wednesday for state teams, and Thursday for high school teams. Teams sculpt each day between 7:00 am and 11:00 pm. On Friday, teams may work through the night.More Info: https://ilsnowsculpting.com

January 3, 2020