Rockton Skatepark, concert, historic home effort
By Susan Johnson
Rockin’ for Rockton invites the public to a special event the afternoon of Saturday, July 27, at Settlers Park on East Hawick Street in Rockton. A skate competition for all ages and skill levels will be held, along with a concert. Registration and warmup will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m., and the skate competition will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
This event is being held to raise awareness and support for the Rockton Skatepark project. Village officials arranged to tour the future site of the skatepark at the Rockton Athletic Fields the afternoon of July 24. A Community Open House has been scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. that evening at the Rockton Community Center.
Rockin’ for Rockton is a three-part festival that begins at noon. The music portion will be from 4 to 11 p.m. Participating bands are Audio Abduction, Bloom, Icarus the Owl, The B-Town Strokers and Empty Pockets.
“Rockin’ for Rockton is a benefit festival that raises money for the development of the athletic fields,” said Ryan Rydell, executive director of Rockin’ for Rockton. “All the money we make goes into the village for the athletic fields … a portion of it is supposed to be set aside for the skatepark. There is a committee of people from the community that are trying to make that happen faster. They put together the skate competition. The concert and festival with beer, food and music is all put together by one committee. ‘Punt, Pass and Kick’ is put on by the Macktown Warriors football organization. It’s all Rockin’ for Rockton stuff, but it is a conglomeration.”
Ticket prices, which include admission to the music portion of the festival, are $7 advance, $10 at the gate, and ages 12 and younger free. See rockinforrockton.com.
The Rockton Skatepark Committee is always on the lookout for interested new participants.
On another subject, Rydell said: “There has been some discussion of saving historic homes in the area as well. That is separate from the Rockin’ for Rockton festival.”
Specifically, the most threatened home in Rockton is the Hollister Homestead, 226 S. Blackhawk Blvd., the big yellow mansion on the south bank of the Rock River at the old Illinois Route 2 bridge. Because it is in immediate threat of demolition, contribute to the Hollister Homestead Fund at Fundrazr.com. For more information, check out “Save the historical homes of Rockton” Facebook page.
From the July 24-30, 2013, issue