Rockford Park District news briefs

Adapted golf lessons

Adapted Golf instruction for people age 6-adult with physical disabilities and special needs is available from Rockford Park District Therapeutic Recreation Services, through a Tiger Woods Foundation grant. Participants will learn game techniques and skills, and will discover how to be successful playing golf from their wheelchair, or by using an adapted golf cart. The program will meet Tuesday evenings, April 13-June 1, at Elliot Golf Course Driving Range, 888 S. Lyford Rd. The program fee is $20 ($14 discounted resident rate); registration runs through March 26, and registrations will be accepted throughout the season if capacity is not met. Register in person or by mail at the Sinnissippi Park Office, 1401 N. 2nd St., Rockford. For a registration brochure or more information, call 987-1600 (voice/TTY).

Home school skate and play in April

There’s still time to register for the popular Home School sessions held at Rockford Park District’s Carlson Ice Arena and Sapora Playworld. The last two sessions of the season are scheduled for Fridays, April 2 and 23. Indoor ice skating is available for home school students from 2:30 until 4:20 p.m., with Sapora Playworld indoor playground also open for children age 12 and younger. Discount prices from $2 to $4 per person are offered for skating, skate rental, Playworld, and combinations, including a family package with all activities for $15. Carlson Ice Arena is at 4150 N. Perryville Rd. (Perryville and E. Riverside Blvd.), Loves Park. For activity prices and registration information, call 969-4069 (TTY, 633-0637). For disability support, call 987-1600 (voice/TTY).

Historical excursion rides for school groups

Students will learn about the glory days of riverboat and trolley travel as they travel back in time via 45-minute historical narrative rides on the Rockford Park District’s Forest City Queen riverboat and track Trolley Car 36. Special rides for school groups are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 27-May 20 for a reduced group price of $2 per student, with advance reservations. Trips leave on the hour from 10:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. from Riverview Park, 324 N. Madison St., Rockford. Reserve now for these popular classroom outings by calling the Trolley Station at 987-8894 (TTY, 963-7408). Both the Forest City Queen and the Trolley are completely wheelchair accessible; for disability support, call 987-1600 (voice/TTY).

Horse riding lessons

Registration is under way for group horse riding lessons beginning in April at Rockford Park District’s Lockwood Park and Trailside Equestrian Centre. A variety of lesson programs is offered throughout the season for all skill levels, ages 6 through adult. There’s also a “My Little Pony” class, which provides an introductory riding experience for children ages 3-5. Private and semi-private lessons are also available for those ages 7 through adult. These popular programs filled quickly last season, so early registration is encouraged! Register by mail or in person at the Sinnissippi Park Office, 1401 N. 2nd St., Rockford. For more information, or a registration brochure containing class descriptions, schedules and costs, call 987-8809 (voice/TTY) or 987-8800 (TTY, 963-DEAF). For disability support, call 987-1600 (voice/TTY).

Park District inclusion services

Guests with disabilities are welcome to participate in all Rockford Park District programs and services. The Community and Therapeutic Recreation Team offers Inclusion Services to assist guests with disabilities to successfully participate in a Park District program of their choice. Trained inclusion staff can help work one on one with participants who need accommodation or assistance. The Park District is committed to the operation of facilities that are useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities; many types of adapted equipment and accessibility enhancements are available, such as assistive listening systems, sign language interpreters, TTY service, Boardmaker visual system, wheelchair accessible lifts, hand crank and three-wheel bicycles, adapted golfing equipment, and accessible integrated seating and picnic tables. For more information on how people with disabilities and special needs can access Park District facilities and programs, contact Community and Therapeutic Recreation Services at 987-1600 (voice/TTY).

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