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Expanded Year-Round Swim Lesson Opportunities Thanks to Partnership Collaboration

ROCKFORD, IL – The Rockford Park District and YMCA of Rock River Valley announced new ways to better serve the community’s aquatics needs.

Expanding an ongoing partnership means the YMCA will begin offering swim lessons at Alpine Pool and Harkins Aquatic Center, in addition to three other locations.

“The Rockford Park District believes in helping others do what they do best, and the YMCA has more than 110 years of experience teaching people to swim. Expanding our partnership will have a positive impact on our community, and allow us to operate more efficiently by eliminating duplication of services by another agency and focus our limited resources on the priorities established by our board/community in our five-year strategic plan,” said Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine.

Program fee assistance is available to those who qualify, and swim lesson participants do not have to be a member of the YMCA to participate in lessons at Rockford Park District facilities. Families can register online at or visit a YMCA of Rock River Valley facility to register in person.

“Drowning remains the leading cause of death for children under age four. We want to waterproof our community so we can prevent these outcomes,” said YMCA CEO Brent Pentenburg. “Our lessons not only save lives with a skills-based approach, but build confidence. Parents will have comfort knowing their children are safe around water.”


About the YMCA

The YMCA of Rock River Valley is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Y serves 48,000 people through six area branches, and is one of the largest nonprofit employers in the greater Rockford area, with over 600 full- and part-time staff. To learn more, visit


About Rockford Park District

The Rockford Park District was proudly citizen-created in 1909, and is the third largest park and recreation system in Illinois with 179 parks and facilities.  The Rockford Park District improves the quality of life for citizens by providing a vibrant and relevant park system that increases property values, stimulates economic development, decreases juvenile crime, and improves our community’s health. A vibrant and relevant park system also protects the environment, employs hundreds of area teens, and brings our diverse community together in unity through the common love of play.

Mike Costello