ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Locals are hoping to give new life to a park closed for more than three years.
The Stateline Foundation is raising money in a push to reopen the Red Oak playground at Rock Cut State Park. The playground opened nearly 20 years ago, but has been closed due to damage and unsafe conditions in recent years.
"It is dangerous and damaged beyond repair. There are broken pieces of equipment, sharp plastic edges sticking out, rusted metal platforms with holes, and dangling chains where swings should be," said Erin Strum, president of the Stateline Foundation. "The playground has been deteriorating for the past three years and will not be replaced or repaired without the help of our community.
Strum has created a GoFundMe to follow through with proposed plans for the area. The group hopes to raise $68,000 to replace the park.
The new playground structure would offer two section for children ages 2-5 and 5-12. It would include a new swing set with baby seat, regular sized swings, and a special needs swing.
The Stateline Foundation is planning other fundraising events this year in hopes to start building a new playground by Fall 2019.
You can donate through the GoFundMe or send checks here:
PO Box 963
Roscoe, IL 61073