UPDATE: Family Adventure Park at Alpine Hills

By: Landon Cassman, Brian Doogs Email
By: Landon Cassman, Brian Doogs Email

UPDATE (WIFR)--Residents met for an informational meeting tonight on the adventure park. The meeting led to more suggestions than questions with most people glad that the land was going to be transitioned into such a family friendly atmosphere with a wide range of activities. Most activities that now require travel or are just too far away.

"With lower income families, it is really great for them to have the opportunity to participate in such activities that they probably otherwise wouldn't be able to," said Rockford resident Zach Mulligan.

Tonight's meeting didn't come without some concerns. Those included increase in traffic and parking around the area. Residents with adjoining property to the park also had concerns about keeping patrons off their land.

Currently the 52-acres of land is only partially used by "The First Tee" driving range facility.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Stateline families won't have to trek all the way to Wisconsin for good skiing and snowboarding. The Rockford Park District plans to build a new park in the old Alpine Hills golf course.

Anthony and Sara Leon wish there are more activities in Rockford for them to do with their son Romeo, especially during the winter.

"There'd be, instead of driving all the way to Wisconsin, we can stay here. Instead of going two and a half hours up north, you know, having something here, That'd be perfect,” said the Leons.

The Rockford Park District wants to offer winter activities at the old Alpine Hills golf course, by turning it into an adventure park, and start using it for golf again in the summer.

"It's going to allow folks that might not be able to travel to get to some of the snow mountains in the vicinity, to actually have those activities here. So we'll open up the doors to people that might not be able to partake in snowboarding, or snow skiing, or even the sledding. It gives you the opportunity for those activities,” said Laura Pigatti Williamson .

The Leons say doing fun things on snowy days like today are what being a kid is all about.

"Taking lots pictures. Just building memories. Lots of pictures.”

The Rockford Park District says the fun can begin at Alpine Hills within the next two years.

A public input meeting is scheduled for tonight at six at the Webbs Norman Center. Community members are encouraged to come hear more about the plans, and offer their own design suggestions.

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