Rockford Park District
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Free Summer Playground Programs

Rockford Park District’s Time 2 Play Neighborhood Playground Programs offer children ages 5-12 a variety of fun, active, and safe opportunities to play and socialize with friends old and new this summer at 10 locations in Rockford and Loves Park.

Enthusiastic, well-trained staff supervise activities such as games, water play activities, weekly field trips, and more; fees will be charged for each field trip participants choose to take.

These free programs operate Monday-Friday, June 10 through August 2, 2019 (no program July 1-5); seven of the sites run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Highland Park site runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and two sites, Keye-Mallquist Park in Rockford and Wantz Park in Loves Park, are all-day 9 a.m.-5 p.m. programs. These are some of the many free and low-fee programs offered by the Rockford Park District.

Free nutritious lunches and snacks will be provided for participants at all 10 playground sites as part of the expanded Summer Food Service Program from Community Action of Boone and Winnebago Counties. Summer Food sites are either in close proximity to a school where more than 50 percent of the children are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch, or the sites serve a group of children where most are from low-income families.

The Summer Food Service Program is operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), administered by the Illinois State Board of Education, and managed locally by the City of Rockford Human Services Department, a Community Action Agency. The lunches and snacks are provided by Lifescape Community Services of Rockford.

Registration is required for each playground location a participant chooses to attend, and may be done on site at playgrounds, online, or in person at Customer Service locations: UW Health Sports Factory in downtown Rockford, or Carlson Ice Arena or Mercyhealth Sportscore Two in Loves Park.

Mike Costello