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Fleet Feet Sports Rockford and Rockford Park District Partner to Provide Unique Ways to Reforest and Clean Up the Forest City 

ROCKFORD, IL – To celebrate Earth Day, Fleet Feet Sports Rockford and the Rockford Park District announced a variety of unique ways to clean up the community and plant a little pride.

Fleet Feet Sports Rockford, 1653 North Alpine Road, Rockford, and the Rockford Park District held a news conference to announce collaborative ways the two organizations are coming together to enhance the quality of life in the community. 

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Buy a Run, Forest City! Run! Shirt 

A special t-shirt is now available to purchase for $20 at Fleet Feet Rockford. For every t-shirt purchased, $5 will go to the Rockford Park District Foundation to help reforest area parks.  The Rockford Park District has 22,030 trees to maintain and 1,000 acres of forest but the Emerald Ash Borer and Mother Nature have greatly impacted the tree canopy at Rockford Park District facilities and parks.  Currently, the Rockford Park District has 2,000 ash trees that need to be removed, at the cost of roughly $350 each. The locally designed one-of-a-kind shirt reads, “Run, Forest City! Run!” and is only available for a limited time. The shirt comes in a variety of sizes ranging from XS to XXL.  

Take Part in Plogging Run 

To celebrate Earth Day, Fleet Feet Rockford is encouraging runners or walkers to take part in a special Plogging Run on April 24, 2018, at 5:45 p.m.  The run begins at Peak Sports Club, 4401 Peak Drive, Loves Park. The word “plogging” is a Swedish word for picking up trash while you run.  Anyone who takes part is asked to pick up trash along the running route on the Perryville Path.

“We’ll provide trash bags and gloves. You provide the enthusiasm and willingness to change up your weekly run to positively impact our neighborhood and environment,” said Melissa Pratt, co-owner of Fleet Feet Sports Rockford. 

Additional Way to Help Reforest the Forest City 

In an effort to plant 200 new trees every year, the Rockford Park District Foundation launched a new initiative to “Reforest the Forest City.”  A $25 donation will help fund the ability for the District to purchase trees in the fall and spring.  Everyone who donates will be a part of a special Community Tree Planting Day this fall.

“Trees are not only a beautiful addition to our community’s landscape but provide shade and oxygen, improve air quality, conserve water, and support wildlife,” said Lori Berkes-Nelson, Rockford Park District Foundation Director.

To secure philanthropic support to the Rockford Park District, the Foundation was founded in 1979 and receives monetary, land, and various donations on behalf of the Park District, and administers the donations to ensure the donor’s intent is fulfilled. Donations can be made by contacting the Rockford Park District Foundation at 815-987-1632 or online at www.rpdfoundation.org.

Mike Costello