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Click here to view our annual donations and project list since 1994.

Help Me Play Fund

Help Me Play Fund

This fund was established to provide funding for kids who cannot afford admission fees for activities such as: zip lining, snow boarding or golfing at Alpine Hills, visiting Magic Waters or Nicholas Conservatory, taking a ride on the Trolley or Forest City Queen, riding horses or taking a hay ride at Lockwood Park, or wakeboarding at the new West Rock Wake Park at Levings Lake.

Annual Fund


Fund for areas of greatest need. Click the link below to donate to our annual fund.

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.

Shining a light on Music Shell's equipment needs

In order to maintain the tradition of providing quality entertainment, the Park District is in need of replacing the sound and lighting system at the Music Shell has it is nearing the end of its natural life. The current sound system was installed in 2001 and current lighting system was installed in 1982.

The sound system will be replaced with state-of-the-art digital technology that will provide a better listening experience. The lighting will be replaced with LED lighting that will be more energy efficient. The cost to purchase a new sound system and lighting is approximately $65,000-$80,000. The Rockford Park District Foundation is also pursuing grants that will help offset the cost of new equipment.

For more information about making a donation to the lighting and sound campaign, please contact John Beck at 815-987-1636 or by e-mail at

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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