Parks, pools, skating rinks—places to cool off

The dog days of summer have finally arrived here in the stateline. With temperatures nearing the 100 degree mark and heat indexes approaching 110 to 115 degrees, local residents are encouraged to find relief from the oppressive heat at several nearby facilities.

Stanfield Beach at Levings Lake provides a great spot to take a refreshing dip in the cool water. The beach is open Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2 to 7 p.m., and weekends from noon to 7 p.m. Lifeguards are on duty when the beach is open, and admission is free. Levings Lake is at 1420 S. Pierpont Ave. in Rockford.

More free swimming is available at the Harkins Aquatic Center in Fairgrounds Park. The pool is open from noon to 6 p.m. daily, and features a slide and other water spray activities. The facility is at 910 Acorn St. in Rockford.

The Rockford Park District also operates Magic Waters, Alpine Park Pool and Sand Park Pool. Those facilities are open daily and charge an entrance fee. For information about hours and fees for any Park District facility, call their office at 987-8800.

There are two other public beaches in the nearby area. Olson Beach is in Rock Cut State Park, and Lake Louise is on Route 2 in Byron. Information about prices and hours of operation at Olson Beach may be obtained by calling 885-9084, and the number for information about Lake Louise is 234-8483.

If swimming isn’t your cup of tea, try cooling off at The Riverview Ice House or the Carlson Ice Arena. For hours of operation and fees, call the Riverview Ice House at 963-7465 and Carlson Ice Arena at 969-4069.

Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at

From the July 19-25, 2006, issue

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