Sinnissippi Park District office moves downtown

The Rockford Park District offices at the Sinnissippi Park Office, 1401 N. Second St., are moving to the Downtown Office at 401 S. Main St. (old Post Office).

Human Resources, Purchasing, Accounting and the Director’s Office and Board operations were to move Monday, Dec. 5, through Friday, Dec. 9. The Customer Service Department will remain at Sinnissippi Park until Jan. 3 for customer convenience and holiday gift purchases. Beginning Jan. 4, the Customer Service Department will be on the first floor of the Downtown Office for all walk-in registrations. The District also offers mail-in and Web registration for most programs at for customer convenience.

According to Nate Martin, Board of Commissioners president: “We have been committed to having the staff located in one building for some time. It’s not only efficient, it is cost effective. We are excited to be located downtown and be a part of the revitalization going on in our city’s center. We believe citizens and customers are going to enjoy coming to one convenient location, accessible by public transportation, to find out about our programs and services and register, apply for jobs, and attend Board and other public meetings here at the Downtown office.”

The Downtown Office continues to house the Rockford Park District Foundation and the U.S. Postal Substation. The Park District is in the process of identifying compatible organizations in the community that would be interested in leasing the Sinnissippi Park office.

According to the District’s design and construction senior manager, Jim Reid: “The Rockford Park District has purchased and renovated over the past 10 years a 1932 downtown landmark building with classical architectural style for approximately $25 per square foot. This compares to the cost of adding on to the Sinnissippi Park office or constructing a new building at a cost of $150 a square foot.”

The renovation of the Board Room for public meetings and public restrooms on the first floor will be completed by April 2006. Meantime, Board meetings will be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the Downtown Office in the third floor Education and Training Room.

From the Dec. 14-20, 2005, issue

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