Park District unveils remodeled Sapora Playworld

Staff Report

LOVES PARK, Illinois — A new world of fun awaits at Rockford Park District’s Sapora Playworld, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park, Illinois. The newly remodeled Sapora Playworld, inside Carlson Ice Arena, opened in 1997 and provides three levels of fun for children ages 5-12, and a Tiny Tots area for little ones 4 and younger.

Since Sept. 15, 2014, Sapora Playworld has been closed for remodeling. Crews took apart the old play structure to install new padding throughout the entire facility. Additional renovation highlights include Triple Wave Slide; Tots Multi-Unit Play Area; Big Ball Room; two giant pogo sticks; Sit-n-Spin; updated party rooms; new benches and seating; new rubber flooring; new changing stations; and new color scheme and logo.

Sapora Playworld Operations Manager Amy McIntyre explained: “Sapora Playworld is a safe and secure environment where kids can be active, develop social skills, make new friends, and just play. The renovations allowed us to add new amenities, and enhance the experience for both kids and parents. We even did a lot of behind-the-scenes improvements, things guests might not visibly see, such as UV Air Purification system, the first of its kind in the district.”

Sapora Playworld was named in honor of Dr. Allen Sapora, who was a major advocate of recreation education and research. In the 1950s, Dr. Sapora conducted a study to compare Rockford recreational facilities and opportunities to those in the state and nation. Dr. Sapora believed parks enhance the community, and recreational programming raises the quality of life by strengthening families and reducing crime. Dr. Sapora passed away in 2004. At the unveiling ceremony, Dr. Sapora’s son, John Sapora, said: “There was no greater joy on my dad’s face than when he watched children move and play and explore their world.  He taught that play is such an important part of life at any age, and he would have loved seeing the next generation enjoy this special family experience.”

Sapora Playworld is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday; and noon-5 p.m., Sunday.

Admission is as follows:

• Infants — Free;

• Tots (2 and younger) — $4 resident; $6 non-resident; and $3 special events; and

• Youth (3-12) — $5 resident; $7 non-resident; and$6 special events.

Every Monday and Wednesday is “$3 Buck Days.” Coupons are not valid on $3 admission days or special events.

For more information, call (815) 969-4082 or visit

Posted Nov. 12, 2014

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