Rockford Park District takes steps to achieve priority results

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Rockford Park District unveiled how it's achieving its new priority results based on the community's feedback from last year.

Over the last six months the district is focused on improving three distinct areas: land and assets, programs and partnerships and finances.

Places where it’s succeeded in achieving growth and meeting financial goals include introducing the Atwood Silent Sports Trail, leasing Magic Waters to Six Flags and partnering with the YMCA to offer swim lessons.

However, the district also recognizes it still has work to do in improving neighborhood summer park programs and increasing non-property tax revenue.

“I think people should know that the Rockford Park District has been a responsible steward of tax dollars,” said Ian Linnabery, Rockford Park District board president. “We've held the line on tax dollars over the past five years even though our expenses have been creeping up, like everyone's expenses do."

Over the next five years, the park district’s goals are to adjust to economic realities, adapt and embrace change and increase revenue while lowering expenses.