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Rockford Park District will light up Nicholas Conservatory blue to honor first responders

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – Landmarks and buildings across the United States are going blue to shine a light on those who are working tirelessly every day during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Tonight at 7 p.m.,Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, a facility of the Rockford Park District, 1354 N. 2nd St., will be lit in blue to honor first responders, essential workers, and healthcare workers.

The main exhibition area and the front columns will be lit in blue for one night. We encourage people who want to see the lights to primarily drive by but if walking is preferred please adhere to social distance guidelines at parks by staying 6 feet apart and no large group gatherings.

“This is a small gesture to show how much we support and thank those who are on the front lines every day especially area nurses, doctors, first responders, and other medical professionals. We also have team members such as our park police and maintenance personal who are out making sure we can all still safely enjoy life at parks, paths, and trails. By shining a blue light tonight we want them to know that we are thinking of them and are eternally grateful for the sacrifices they are making to
fight COVID-19,” Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine said.

This visible way to show support for those fighting this pandemic is being done throughout the city as Rockford City Hall and Morgan Street Bridge will also be lit blue.