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Dahlquist Park

Dahlquist horseshoes

3251 Oak Grove Ave. | Rockford, IL 61108 | Directions

There are eleven horseshoe clay courts located in Dahlquist Park. The courts at Dahlquist Park are located near the shelter across the far side .43 mile walking path. These courts are open to the public, although they are reserved Tuesday evenings for league play and on some weekends for tournament play.

Olson Swedish Heritage Park


7901 Harlem Rd. | Loves Park, IL 61111 | Directions

Recreational activities include kubb (Swedish lawn game), bocce ball, and horseshoes. This park also features a five-acre fenced dog park. "Kubb and Bags game equipment are available with a $25.00 refundable key deposit. Available for reservation and pick-up at Carlson Ice Arena and Webbs Norman Center Customer Service Locations"

This park and its ongoing maintenance are made possible through a generous donation from the Roland and Gladys Olson estate.

City of Gardens

Hanging BasketsContact Us

401 S. Main Street
Rockford, Illinois 61101-1321
Phone: 815.987.1689
Fax: 815.987.8860

Hanging Basket Program

Nearly 300 hanging baskets are currently being grown at local growers to adorn the poles of Rockford. The Rockford Park District Foundation’s City of Gardens program is preparing for its 18th year of hanging baskets throughout the city of Rockford. The program has blossomed from just 18 baskets in 1999, to nearly 300 baskets that beautifully line our downtown and surrounding area streets and bridges in the summer months.

With more expansion in the future and rising production costs, we cannot continue this beautification without support from people like you. The Hanging Basket program is primarily funded through donations from this appeal, the annual Wine & Roses fundraiser, and through Comcast Cares Day cleaning efforts. Your tax-deductible donation offsets the cost of planting, hanging, maintenance, and watering of each flower basket. As we plan for the expansion of the Hanging Basket program, your donation is even more vital.

Studies continue to show the benefits of flowers and beautification. They create a sense of civic pride, enhance our mood, and provide overall enjoyment. This program continues to make Rockford a great place to live, work, and play. Cheers to warm weather, sunshine, and planting pride in our community. I welcome a conversation with you about your investment in beautification or ideas for expansion of the program. Please call me, Kelly Moore, at 815-987-1689.

Thank you for your continued support and planting pride in our community.

Ruth A. Miller Beautification Award

In the spring of 2013, this award was created to honor Ruth A. Miller upon her retirement, for beautification contributions to the Rockford Park District, City of Gardens committee, and City of Rockford. Throughout Ruth's career, she was a civic leader for the Rockford community who was proud of her community, and sought to continually improve its appearance and image. She provided motivation that encouraged others to join together and create enthusiasm for community beautification. With Ruth's leadership, the City of Gardens hanging basket program expanded, beautification initiatives increased, and two America in Bloom awards were received.

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Rockford Area Gardens


Art in the Parks

Enjoy viewing an eclectic, unique collection of public art while getting the benefits of refreshing outdoor exercise by taking a free public art walking tour.

The Rockford Park District's award-winning two-mile walk and organized one-hour (approximately) tour along the Rock River Recreation Path departs every Thursday during the summer from mid-June through mid-August at 11:00 a.m. (weather permitting) from the lobby of Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, and features 16 unique sculptures, some of which are works by local artists, and many of which were donated to the Park District. Scheduled group tours are also available. The tour is intended to connect people with the art along the Rock River Recreation Path, and the Rockford Park District, in cooperation with Rockford Art Museum and the Arts in the Park Committee, is committed to providing high quality public art for the community to enjoy, contemplate, and explore.

This walking tour earned Rockford Park District a "Best of the Best" award in 2012 from the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) for Arts in the Parks. The award, presented in partnership with Arts Alliance Illinois, recognizes agencies (park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation, and special recreation agencies) that support the arts and partner with artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities. To reserve a tour time, call Nicholas Conservatory at 815.987.8858.

Sounds of Summer

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Music Shell Crowd 2017

Music in the Park

Long a Rockford tradition... beautiful summer evenings in the historic Sinnissippi Park Music Shell. Surrounded by majestic trees, local and regional talents work their own musical magic. All performances are free!

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Weather Policy

The following describes the decision-making process in regard to relocating Music in the Park and Imagination Station programming at the Sinnissippi Music Shell.

As a policy, Music Shell staff will always strive to keep the performances at the Music Shell.

On the day of each performance, Music Shell staff monitor the potential for inclement weather and by a predetermined time - 2:30 PM for Music in the Park - must make a decision whether to move the performance indoors. If the weather forecast merely suggests the possibility of inclement weather, the Music Shell staff will likely decide to keep the performance at the Music Shell. However if there is a high probability of precipitation and/or severe weather, or if heavy precipitation and/or severe weather occurs leading up to the performance, the decision will be made to move indoors.

To reiterate, every effort will be made to keep the performances at the Music Shell even with the chance that one may ultimately be canceled due to unexpected or unlikely inclement weather at the time of the performance.

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Levings Showcase

Live at Levings

Held at Levings Park, Montague St. and S. Johnston Ave. Featuring all varieties of talents, including singers, dancers, rappers, comedians, magicians and more great professional acts.

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Domingos En El Parque

Held at Levings Park, Montague St. and S. Johnston Ave. This series presents the music, arts and culture of Rockford's Latino community.

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Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens

Tunes on the Terrace

Come relax and listen to local musicians on the Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens outdoor terrace. Choose from jazz, folk, Latin, country, and more. All concerts are FREE, so bring family and friends, and don't forget a lawn chair or blanket! Beverages (including alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and food are available for purchase. Held Wednesday nights during the summer with food from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. and music from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Food provided starting at 5PM by Fresco/Francescho's.

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