Awards


Seth B. Atwood Memorial Park and Conservation Service Award

We are very pleased to announce that the Seth B. Atwood Park and Conservation Service Award will be presented at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on April 13, 2016 at Atwood Center: 2685 New Milford School Rd., Rockford, Illinois.

The Atwood Award is named in honor of Seth B. Atwood, the late industrialist who preserved and donated more than 1,000 acres of valuable land for the citizens of Winnebago County. Thanks to Mr. Atwood, we can all enjoy the beauty that is found in Atwood Park along the Kishwaukee River and Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve beside the Rock River. He was a man of action and his deeds set an example for all to follow.

The Atwood Award is presented by the Rockford Park District and the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County. To date, 47 recipients have received this award which recognizes individuals and organizations for their exceptional volunteer contributions to facilities, programs or services which preserve natural areas and park spaces, provide recreation or education.

We invite you to nominate an individual or organization deserving of this award. Nominations are due by March 14, 2016, so please act now.

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Distinguished Service Awards

This award, presented by the Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners, is presented to honor long-standing partners of the Rockford Park District. They are model citizens who have clearly and consistently helped to advance the vision, mission, and priorities of the District over a number of years.  This award is often presented at the conclusion of a major project, partnership, or career, as determined by the Board.  For more information, contact Julia Halsted at (815) 988-8855 or or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


IPRA/IAPD Community Service Awards

Honorees have demonstrated extraordinary committment to our community.  Their gifts of time, talent, and energy inspire and contribute significantly to the success of the Rockford Park District in achieving it's mission of "helping people enjoy life."  Nominations are made by Park District managers.  Awards are presented March/April annually.  For more information, contact any District manager or Julia Halsted at (815) 988-8855 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Jane Lyons Memorial Scholarship Award

This scholarship is made possible by the great generosity of Jane Lyons. Jane was a long time resident of Rockford who loved the game of golf, and was an avid supporter of girls' golf programs. For more information, contact the Rockford Park District Foundation at (815) 987-1630.

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Ruth A. Miller Beautification Award

In the spring of 2013, this award was created to honor Ruth A. Miller upon her retirement, for beautification contributions to the Rockford Park District, City of Gardens committee, and City of Rockford. For more information, contact Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens at (815) 987-8858.

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