ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Be on the lookout for new interpretive signs in the Rockford Park District. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund awarded the Rockford Park District $2,000 to install six large interpretive signs like the one shown below. Interpretive signs will help educate residents through illustrations and definitions about the features of natural areas, and which plants, birds, and wildlife might be found at the location.
New signage is being placed at the following locations:
• Sinnissippi Park, 1401 N. 2nd Street, Rockford
• Shorewood Park, 235 Evelyn Ave., Loves Park
• Rock River Recreation Path
The Rock River Recreation Path is 10 miles long, and winds along the Rock River. Signage will help describe the natural beauty found along the riverfront, a place where small mammals and birds such as Bald Eagles enjoy their natural habitat.
“Receiving this grant is a great way for the Rockford Park District to continue to increase public awareness about environmental issues and practices of sustainability,” said Rockford Park District Grant Writer Wendy Adams.
Interpretive sign efforts in the Rockford Park District began in 2011. Other interpretive signs are planned as funding becomes available.