Former Rockford Park District Director Webbs Norman dies

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Webbs Norman died Saturday morning at 85 years old.

Webbs Norman worked for the park district for 34 years, most recently as executive director.

Webbs Norman started his career with the District in 1955 as a seasonal employee working at playground programs. He went back to school to further his education regarding parks and recreation and received a master’s degree in parks and recreation administration.

Webbs worked for a variety of Park District’s throughout the state of Illinois for several years before returning to Rockford in 1972. He served as Executive Director from 1972 to 2006 overseeing the creation of facilities such as Riverview Ice House, Carlson Ice Arena, Mercyhealth Sportscore Complexes, Magic Waters Waterpark, and numerous paths, playgrounds, and parks.