- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
Park District awarded for Public Art Walking Tour
The Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) held its annual Awards Gala and recognition program Friday, Sept. 28, at the Wheeling Park District’s Chevy Chase Country Club. The Rockford Park District was honored with a “Best of the Best” award for Arts in the Parks. The award recognized the Rockford Park District’s Public Art Walking Tour, which started in May 2012.
The award, presented in partnership with Arts Alliance Illinois, recognizes agencies (park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation, and special recreation agencies) that support the arts and partner with artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.
The Awards Gala provided an opportunity to give board members, citizen volunteers, businesses, government officials, and media the recognition they deserve for doing so much to advance parks, recreation and conservation. Winners were selected for first place, first runner-up, and second runner-up.
Jodi Carroll, deputy director of Recreation and Systems Development for the Rockford Park District, said: “We are honored to be recognized by the IAPD. The Public Art Walking Tour is intended to connect people with art along the Rock River Recreation Path, and provide a way for the community to enjoy, contemplate, and explore these pieces, many of which were donated to the Rockford Park District.”
The Public Art Walking Tour takes you on a 2-mile walk along the Rock River Recreation Path, and features 16 unique sculptures. An organized tour is available every Thursday at 11 a.m., weather permitting, and is free with admission to Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford.
The Public Art Walking Tour departs from the lobby of Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Scheduled group tours are also available. Call (815) 9876-1654 for information, or visit www.rockfordparkdistrict.org.
From the Oct. 24-30, 2012, issue