Silent Sports Trail Initiative Receives Donation

At tonight’s Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners meeting, representatives from the Rock River Multi Sport Group and Rockford Area Mountain Biking Alliance (RAMBA) presented the Park District Foundation with a $1,000 donation for the Silent Sports Trail Initiative.

The money was raised during “Do the Kish,” a mountain bike race that took place in October 2016.

Currently, a dedicated citizens group is assisting the Rockford Park District Foundation in raising money for Atwood Silent Sports Trails Project. A silent sports facility would include activities such as: mountain biking, hiking, trail running, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife observation, and fat biking, to name a few. Completed trails will complement the existing outdoor recreational and educational programming.

The plan will be developed in phases, to coincide with fundraising efforts and to minimize reliance upon tax dollars. Phase I is roughly estimated at $464,000, and thanks to the generous donation, this brings Phase I funds raised to-date to $342,214. “We are grateful to receive this donation, and can’t thank Rock River Multi Sport Group and Rockford Area Mountain Biking Alliance enough for their commitment to this project. Together, we are that much closer to connecting citizens to their natural environments. The development of silent sports amenities will provide citizens and visitors alike diverse recreation opportunities that are unique to the region,” said Rockford Park District Operations Director Laurie Anderson. The plans for Phase 1 include a multi-use beginner loop trail on the south side of Atwood Park that would also connect to a second trail that is approximately 3.3 miles of a multi-use intermediate trail on the northeast end of the park.

About Silent Sports Master Plan

The plan for Seth B. Atwood Park includes the development of 20 miles of purposeful and sustainable multi-use trails, as well as a trailhead. The unique topography of Atwood Park encompasses woodland, prairie, river, and marsh habitats, making it an ideal site for outdoor year-round pursuits. The plan utilizes existing trails, closes some trails, and improves the trail system connectivity for all users.

While Atwood Park’s large area and natural setting make it the ideal site for a multi-use trails system, another District site has also been identified as a facility for outdoor adventure and silent sports activities. The current year-round outdoor recreational program offerings at Alpine Hills Adventure Park make the proposed trail development the perfect complementary addition to the facility. The proposed activities to the Alpine Hills Adventure Park would include a multi-use gateway loop, gravity flow trails, pump track and skills course to serve all skill levels. Trail materials were selected based upon low maintenance requirements. The 64-page master plan can be viewed in its entirety by visiting www.rockfordparkdistrict.org/silentsports.

Join the Silent Sports Trails Initiative

The Silent Sports Friends Group has established a number of committees, including: fundraising, communication, programming, and trail building. Anyone interested in volunteering for a committee may contact Laurie Anderson, Operations Director, at 815-987-1614 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted February 28, 2017

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