The Rockford Park District is committed to providing well-maintained facilities and assets that are clean and attractive, in good repair, preserved, and positioned for long-term use and sustainability.
The purpose of this policy is to embrace the principles and practices of sustainability to insure that RPD assets will remain and be preserved for future generations.
The Rockford Park District, since its inception in 1909, has been a leader in providing parks and recreation opportunities and facilities. The District has 177 parks & facilities, 4,896 acres of land, 82 playgrounds maintained by RPD staff, 1,500 acres of natural areas, 216 improved athletic fields, and 18 canoe and boat access points. The Park District is the steward of these public assets.
Establish and implement a sustainability program for all Rockford Park District assets.
The Rockford Park District scored 93 points on the 2012 IPRA/IAPD Enviromental Report Card, making our agency an environmental leader in the field.
Sustainability Projects and Articles
- Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Sustainability Trifold Brochure
- Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Green Roof Article
- Nicholas Conservatory to install green roof garden -Rockford Register Star Article
- Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Virtual Tour
- Northwest Territory: A new Era for Rockford's Favorite Park
- Gary Anderson Architects: Our Work
- Illinois Geothermal Tour
- Ringland and Johnson Project Showcase
- Chicago Faucets: CASE HISTORY Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
- Sustainable design enhances Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
- Loves Park Playground Sustainable Sites Project
- LiveRoof Green Roof Creates Rooftop Garden on the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Building
- Grant Funds New Interpretive Signs in the Rockford Park District
- Grant Funds Signs in Rockford Park District - WIFR-TV Article
- New Park Signage Helping Us Appreciate Nature - WTVO-TV Article
- Grants funds interpretive signs for Rockford Park District - WREX-TV Article
- Rockford Park District uses grant for interpretive signs -Rockford Register Star Article
- My View: Sustainability in the Rockford Park District (By Jack Armstrong) - Rockford Register Star
Sustainability Awards and Certifications
- Aldeen, Sandy Hollow and Sinnissippi golf courses have received Certification from the The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf, an award winning education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf.
- 2014 Engineering Excellence Award – Special Achievement for the Eclipse Lagoon Restoration Project from American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC-IL)
- 2013 Leadership by Example award winner at Winnebago County Energy Expo (Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens)
- Excellence in Landscape Silver Award in the Commercial Construction category for the Eclipse Lagoon Restoration Project at Sinnissippi Riverfront winner from Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
- The Outstanding Corporate Friend of the Environment Award presented by Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful
- Winnebago County Green Business Award – RPD, Large Organization (twice)
- IAPD/IPRA Best of the Best Award, Best Green Practices, Nicholas Conservatory, first runner up
- "Community Sustainability Award" from Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens)
- Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) for Loves Park Playground
- IAPD/IPRA Outstanding Facility & Parks Award, Birds of Prey Exhibit
- NRPA Green School Certification. Three graduates from 2013 inaugural class- Tim Bragg, Dan Erwin, Nathan Hill. Jackie Minnihan completed first year of two-year program
- Garrett Jones- Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate
- IAPD Best of the Best Award, Best Green Practices, Rockford Park District
The Rockford Park District has built an internal team of employees to support the organization's belief in being a champion to the cause of environmentally sound practices.