Rockford Park District Foundation


The mission of the Rockford Park District Foundation is to assist the Rockford Park District by securing philanthropic support on its behalf and enhancing awareness of the District's benefits to the community.

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Current Projects

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Eclipse Lagoon Bricks

QC Memorials


Building a Lasting Legacy

Youth Programming Endowment

This endowment sustains and enhances the Park District's ability to offer free and low cost recreation programs in the neighborhoods directly to the children who need organized activities the most. These programs keep young people busy during non-school times with physical activities and helps them interact with peers and establish positive relationships. Click link below to donate to the Youth Programming Endowment.

Planned Giving


Planned giving enables individuals to truly make a difference for the youth of our community. Through a planned gift you can achieve your philanthropic desires, without negatively impacting everyday financial commitments of your personal well-being, or that of your family. Planned gifts can take many forms, some of which have estate and inheritance, income tax and capital gain tax advantages. All of these planned giving options should be discussed with a professional financial advisor or planner of your choosing to select the appropriate planned gift to fit your needs.

Click here to read more about the planned giving options.

Rockford Park District Foundation History

The Rockford Park District Foundation was founded in 1979 to provide philanthropic support to the Rockford Park District. At that time, its primary purpose was to acquire needed land via donations, or to sell donated land that was not desired for parks (with the donor's permission). Since its inception in 1909, over 30 percent of the District's parkland has been donated.

In 1993, following a failed referendum, the District decided to reorganize the Foundation and to broaden its focus. A group of key community leaders agreed to serve on the Foundation board (prior to this it had been an internal board, composed of staff and commissioners) and an Executive Director was hired.

Since the reorganization, the Foundation has raised over $41.5 million. Among the many projects in which the Foundation has played a major role are:

  • SportsCore 2
  • Arthur W. Anderson Peace Park (aka the Field of Honor)
  • Perryville Path
  • Carlson Ice Arena
  • City of Gardens
  • Golf funding, including Tiger Woods events and funding from his foundation
  • Swan Anderson building
  • Aldeen Golf Course improvements
  • Junior Golf courses at Ingersoll and Patriots Gateway Center
  • The Aldeen Barn restoration
  • Midway Museum Swedish furniture museum
  • Kaye Anderson Park
  • Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
  • Eclipse Lagoon formerly known as Sinnissippi Lagoon
  • Atwood Center Birds of Prey Exhibit
  • Aldeen Golf Club Patio and Lighting
  • Alpine Hills Adventure Park and Golf Center
  • David Johnson Accessible Fishing Pier
  • Nicholas Conservatory Boat Dock and Additional Parking Lot
  • Washington Park Community Center Gymnasium Remodel
  • Lockwood Barn Renovation
  • Youth Legacy Programs

Contact Us

Rockford Park District Foundation
401 S. Main Street
Rockford, IL 61101-1321
Fax: 815-987-1671

Lori Berkes-Nelson
Foundation Director/Deputy Director of Fund Development

Lisa Alexander
Donor Relations Coordinator
Phone: 815-987-1632

Brenda Smith
Administrative Assistant of the Foundation
Phone: 815-987-1630

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Board of Directors

Hazen Tuck - President
Monica Glenny - Vice President
Bob Farrell - Treasurer
Excell Lewis - Secretary
Pat Agnew
Bruce T. Atwood
Vint Buckwalter
Julie Elliott
Gwyn Gulley
Karen Harding
Russ Johansson
Jim Keeling
Kent Kohlbacher
Pam Maher
Dan Nicholas
Webbs Norman
Rebecca Olson
Norma Polcek
Mike Robinson
Joe Scandroli, Jr.
Rolf Thienemann
John Torrence
Steve Ward
Kathy Weber
Julia Zimmerman

RPD Vision/ Mission

The Rockford Park District is the "best" urban park and recreation system in North America, as judged by those we serve.

Helping people enjoy life!

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