Aldermen Sign Off On IGA with Park District for Sports Complex

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Sports teams will get a spot on the river to play as the Rockford aldermen officially agree to team up with the Rockford Park District.

On Monday, the council yes to an intergovernmental agreement, a contract, with the Rockford Park District about the ownership of the space. The city will use grants and its own money to build the $21 million dollar complex with its basketball and volleyball courts. Once it’s up, in 2016, the Rockford Park District will take over the building to run it and manage what actives go on inside. It will be a joint effort to fill it up with out of town tournaments, those are expected to generate millions in revenue for our region. The city has yet to take out the loans for the project but the Park District has agreed to chip in for the construction.

The council did not get to the deal with the Rockford School District about the future of the old headquarters on South Madison Street. There weren’t enough council members to take a vote. That building will be torn down to make room for parking for the complex.

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