Park District kicks off trolley, ‘Forest City Queen’ season May 31-June 1

Staff Report

Rockford Park District will host its annual “Trolley Good Time” event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, at the Trolley Station in Riverview Park, 324 N. Madison St., Rockford. The event will celebrate the opening of the Park District’s rail-based Trolley Car 36 and Forest City Queen riverboat for the summer season.

Operations Manager Amy McIntyre noted: “This year is bigger and better than ever, with our expanded two-day kick-off event. More fun and more interactive activities are available this year for families, including a model train show, a bounce house, and rides on the Forest City Queen and Trolley Car 36. What better way to celebrate the end of the school year than having a ‘Trolley Good Time’ with the Rockford Park District?”

Rides/cruises will run on the hour at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. both days.

Other highlights include the following:

• Interactive games and activities provided by Nicholas Conservatory & Atwood Environmental Education staff;

• Arts and crafts

• Model train show presented by the Northern Illinois Historical Railway Association & Rock River Valley Division of the National Model Railroad Association;

• Magic show by Zack Purcell of TNZ Magic (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday);

• Atwood Center’s Birds of Prey presentation (Saturday only);

• Face painting;

• Rapid Shot at Junior IceHogs Training Facility;

• Live radio remotes;

• Meet mascot Rocky and friends; and

• Food available for purchase.

This event is one of many family friendly low-fee activities offered by the Rockford Park District; for a list of ride fees, as well as information about private rentals, group and field trips, new youth programs, and Forest City Queen meal cruises, visit For information about support available to passengers with disabilities, call (815) 987-8894 or (815) 987-8800.

From the May 28-June 3, 2014, issue

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