Online Staff Report
The Rockford Park District is ready to reveal a recently renovated sports-themed playground. A dedication ceremony will take place Saturday, May 10, from noon to 1 p.m. at Talcott-Page Memorial Park, 1128 Russell Ave., Rockford. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 12:15 p.m.
In March 2012, Talcott-Page Memorial Park’s playground structure was significantly vandalized and burned. Staff removed the damaged structures to eliminate safety hazards. The playground was already scheduled to be renovated, as it was approaching the end of its serviceable life.
The useful life of a playground is typically 15-20 years. As part of the Rockford Park District’s Projected Lifecycle Replacement Guidelines, Talcott-Page Memorial Park was due for a makeover, since it hadn’t been renovated since 1997.
Rockford Park District staff worked with the primary program user of the site, the Greater Rockford Baseball League, to develop a playground improvement plan. Thanks to the league’s feedback, the playground equipment has a baseball theme, and is constructed of steel and metal material to minimize vandalism potential. Before and after the ceremony, the community is invited to enjoy Greater Rockford Baseball League’s season-opening games at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Park District Executive Director Tim Dimke said: “The Greater Rockford Baseball League is one of our many community partners. We collaborate often, so it was only natural to ask for their input on the playground design. Rather than compete with community organizations, we help them do what they do best; the result is more recreational activities at a reasonable cost for residents.”
Additional site improvements include: new concrete access walks, new seating areas, new accessible parking areas and paved spectator areas.
Posted May 8, 2014