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Featured Programs

Featured Programs

Saturday Family Fun at Lockwood Park

Bring the family out to the country to enjoy Saturday afternoons finding fun at Rockford Park District's Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Rd. in northwest Rockford.

There's a covered pony ring for children ages 1-7, the Children's Farm Animal Barn with friendly farm animals, and horseback trail rides for riders age 8 and older. To complete their visit, families can relax together on a wagon ride through the scenic meadows and woods.

Children's Farm Animal Barn visits are free. Advance reservations are recommended for trail rides; trail ride reservations, as well as fee information and ticket purchases for other activities with fees are available at or by calling the facility. These are some of the many family friendly low-fee and free programs offered by the Rockford Park District.

Activity hours (weather permitting) on Saturdays, May 4 through October 26, 2019 are: wagon rides, noon-4:00 p.m. (hours may vary); pony ring and Children’s Farm Animal Barn, noon-5:00 p.m., and trail rides, noon-4:00 p.m. Activities will be closed to the public on some Saturdays due to holiday weekends and special events; check website for these dates.

Visitors are welcome to picnic at the park; two playgrounds are also on site. The park, its facilities, and some programs are wheelchair accessible.

For more information about the park and its weekend activities, equestrian programs, group programs, and facility rentals, visit or call 815-987-8809. Activities may close early if attendance is low; to confirm hours, please call ahead. Information on accessibility and adapted equipment for park visitors with disabilities is available at 815-987-8800.

Learn to Ride a Horse at Lockwood Park

A variety of lesson programs are offered throughout the spring, summer, and fall for all skill levels ages seven through adult, including: for children ages 3-6.

Mike Costello