Rockford Park District, RPS 205 announce playground upgrades

Staff Report

ROCKFORD — The Rockford District and Rockford Public School District 205 are set to join forces to upgrade equipment at four playground sites.

State Sens. Steve Stadelman and Dave Syverson announced the partnership Tuesday and presented the districts with a grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) in the amount of $170,000.

The Rockford Park District and RPS 205 will each match the grant with $100,000 for replacement of playgrounds at Lewis Lemon Elementary School, and at Terry Lee Wells Park at the STEAM Academy at Haskell School. Also included in the funding is $25,000 for refurbishment of each playground at the former Walker Elementary School and the former White Swan Elementary School sites.

Both Walker and White Swan will be transferred from RPS 205 to Rockford Park District later this year. The Park District will use this funding to improve the existing playgrounds by repairing or replacing worn parts to comply with industry safety standards.

The work will be done this summer.

“During our community-wide meetings, we heard loud and clear that our citizens’ top priorities are our beautiful parks and playgrounds,” Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine said. “We are so thankful to Senators Stadelman and Syverson for their continued support of our community and families.” R.

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