Lockwood Park hosts birthday bash Aug. 27

Staff Report

Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road, Rockford, will host a birthday bash from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27 (weather permitting).

All activities will take place in several areas within the park, including pony rides, face-painting, water balloon toss, along with plenty of other fun games and crafts for children. Admission to the event is free; fees will be charged for some activities, and refreshments will be available for purchase from the Friends of Lockwood.

Lockwood Park Children’s Farm gives children from the city an opportunity to experience the aspects of rural life. Preserving our rural heritage and the charm of old farming days when horses pulled wagons and horseback riding was the common mode of transportation, the Children’s Farm offers an ideal country learning experience and fun atmosphere for people of all ages.

The mission of Lockwood Park is to help people enjoy life through their connection with animals. The park’s programs provide a variety of experiences and learning opportunities to promote healthy, positive interactions between people and animals. Lockwood Park offers 146 acres with 15 miles of scenic trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding.

For more about Lockwood Park and equestrian programs, call (815) 987-8809, or visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/lockwood.

Lockwood Park needs your vote

Lockwood Park is back in the running for a lucrative $50,000 Pepsi Refresh prize that will be awarded to only 10 projects out of more than 250. Every single vote counts toward the standings, which are updated several times per day. Lockwood Park asks that people vote twice each day via text and online.

Voters can also Power Vote by using special codes inside Pepsi product bottle caps and 12-, 20- and 24-pack boxes. Power votes can count for up to 100 votes at a time, so using them can be extremely helpful in boosting Lockwood Park’s standings. If Lockwood Park is among the top projects at the end of voting Aug. 31, it will move into a verification process and be awarded $50,000.

If Lockwood Park is awarded the $50,000 grant, the money will be used to update the trail system to make it more accessible and navigable to the public, as well as updating the service bridge over Kent Creek where visitors watch “the running of the horses” at the end of the season-opener Animal Mania event every year.

To vote for Lockwood Park, text “108168” to Pepsi (73774) and visit http://www.refresheverything.com/lockwoodrockford to vote online via Facebook or through your e-mail address. If you have a Power Vote code from a bottle cap or box, you can click “Power Vote” on the Park District’s project page. Follow the quest for the $50,000 on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/friendsoflockwood, or on the Park District’s website, rockfordparkdistrict.org.

Contact Debbie Ackerman at (815) 289-0728 for more details.

From the Aug. 24-30, 2011, issue

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