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Rockford Park District debates closures amid budget shortfalls

The Rockford Park District plans to close Elliot Golf Course and Riverview Ice House according to its 2020 action plan.
Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 6:47 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Some Stateline sporting staples could be going away soon if the Rockford Park District Board agrees to the district’s 2020 action plan.

The Rockford Park District will make their presentation to the board on Oct. 13. Among the major changes being recommended is the closure of Riverview Ice House and Elliot Golf Course. The plan also includes repurposing Mercyhealth Sportscore One to more allow for more recreational opportunities like fishing and conservation clubs.

The Rockford Park District would then invest in more soccer fields and softball diamonds to Mercyhealth Sportscore Two and Clarence Hicks Memorial Sports Park to ensure that there are enough resources to continue attracting major youth tournaments.

“Quality over quantity is what we’re trying to get to. Less things at a higher quality. We want to be a relevant park system for today’s generation and beyond. Our current park district that you see today is a park district for a community that lived here 30 years ago. We want to have a relevant park district with amenities and services that are important to today’s generation," Rockford Park District Director Jay Sandine said.

While the board will hear and discuss the Rockford Park District action plan on Oct. 13, a vote will not take place that day.

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