Operation Recreation

Operation Recreation allows members of the military to receive special discounts on select Rockford Park District admissions, program registrations, and more.

OperationRec CWho is Eligible

Active duty, active reserve, veterans, retired military and immediate family members are eligible to receive discounts. Immediate family members include your spouse and children under age 18. Extended family members and guests are not eligible. Other exclusions apply (see below)

How It Works

Show your valid military ID at any Rockford Park District facility to receive a discount. Or you can make receiving discounts easier by visiting a Rockford Park District Customer Service location to receive a Operation Recreation Discount Card. Simply present this card at RPD facilities to receive your discounted rate.

10% Discount

  • Group lessons, camps, and activities
  • Season passes and memberships at any Rockford Park District operated facility (i.e., Magic Waters season passes, public swim season passes, golf course memberships, dog park passes, etc.)
  • Trail rides at Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre
  • Shelter reservations and Special Use Permits

$2 Off

  • Golf rounds at Aldeen, Elliot, Ingersoll, or Sandy Hollow golf courses (18 holes)
  • Magic Waters general admission
  • Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens general admission
  • Golf cart rental
  • Snow Park at Alpine Hills

$1 Off

  • Golf rounds at Sinnissippi Golf Course
  • Select drop-in programs at UW Health Sports Factory and Indoor Sports Center at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two

$0.50 Off

  • Alpine and Sand Park pools public swim
  • Public skate at Carlson Ice Arena and Riverview Ice House
  • Sapora Playworld admission
  • Forest City Queen or Trolley Car 36 public tours
  • Lockwood Park wagon and pony rides


  • Private rentals (i.e., facility not open to general public)
  • Golf outings
  • Private lessons
  • Team league registrations
  • Concessions
  • Gift shop items and other merchandise
  • Rockford Park District Foundation fundraising events (i.e., Ties & Tennies, City of Gardens Wine & Roses, and The First Tee of Greater Rockford fundraising events)
  • Memorial gift purchases through the Rockford Park District Foundation (memorial bricks, trees, benches, etc.)
  • Fast passes, cabanas, and tube rentals at Magic Waters Waterpark
  • Partnering facilities and non-RPD vendors (merchandise, services, and events)
  • Cannot be combined with other discounts

2017 Special Events

Music in the Park
Patriotic Concert - Performed by the Rockford Concert Band
Sinnissippi Music Shell, 1401 N Second St., Rockford, IL
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 7-8:45 pm
Tom Huber, Conductor; featuring: Matthew Danz-Tauer (Trombone) and Karen Kahler (Vocalist)
A family friendly tribute to our country. Free concert highlighted by the traditional children’s march with American flags, and the “Armed Forces Salute,” when each of our nation’s service songs are performed while recognizing veterans in attendance. Music in the Park is presented by MembersAlliance Credit Union and co-sponsored by Burr Pest Control, with assistance from the Rockford Area Arts Council.

Magic Waters Waterpark Independence Day Celebration and Military Appreciation Day
7820 CherryVale N. Blvd., Cherry Valley, IL
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 10 am to 6 pm
Spend July 4th splashing and having fun at Magic Waters! Present a military ID on Tuesday, July 4, and receive one free admission for one person; purchase tickets at the gate. (This will not be a $12 Buck Bargain Day; regular admission rates will apply.)


For the Rockford Park District to be the best urban park and recreation system in North America, as measured by national standards and the citizens we serve.


To 'help people enjoy life' by providing a quality park and recreation system.

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