ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Rockford Park District is getting some financial help to turn the old Alpine Hills Golf Course into a year-round attraction.
The park district received a $400,000 state grant to start fixing up the property, so it can be transformed into the Alpine Hills Adventure Park.
A local family donated the land to the district last May with the hopes of turning it into a year round sports center. It could have activities like snowboarding, biking and rock climbing.
Rockford Park District Deputy Director of Capital Planning Laura Williamson says the grant is a huge help to get the project off the ground.
"It will basically kick off the development of the Alpine Hills Adventure Center and construction for the five hole golf course which will begin by the middle of August with completion by next spring. We anticipate being able to play the golf course in summer of next year," Williamson said.
The Rockford Park District also approved a $92,000 construction contract to improve the playground at Talcott-Page Memorial Park giving it a new baseball theme.